Have you ever seen a better vegetable for stuffing than the humble delicata squash? Each perfect yellow and green-striped edible tube becomes an ideal vessel for every sort of filling imaginable, no matter how you cut or cook it. I’m no stranger to the concept, but all sorts of inspiration has steered my seasonings in an entirely different direction since those first filled squash emerged from the oven.
Allow me to introduce to you a prime candidate for your new Thanksgiving main dish, replete with a very posh-sounding beluga lentil filling. Sparkling like legume caviar within their roasted golden delicata containers, these particular lentils eschew the typical autumnal spices found on every festive table in favor of more worldly flavors. Infused with an aromatic blend of cumin, mustard seeds, and jalapeno, this entry is guaranteed to spice up the traditional feast. Spiced rather than spicy, it’s designed to suit a wide range of palates, subtle enough not to offend those who appreciate less heat but want abundant umami to savor on their plates.
Complimenting that distinctive piquancy is a creamy cashew-based raita, replete with cooling mint leaves and crisp diced cucumber. Don’t even dream of skipping it; that rich final flourish ties together the meal, elevating the dish into something truly memorable. It’s the kind of surprisingly easy dinner that eaters will rave about for years to come, but by all means, don’t just save it for an annual event. Stuffed delicata are delightful all autumn and winter, if not beyond those seasonal boundaries, too.
Like all the best Thanksgiving dishes, stuffed delicata are rock stars for prepping in advance and waiting patiently until their solo arrives. Bake and stuff them as written, cover the casserole dish with foil, and simply reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 – 20 minutes when the party begins.
Beluga Lentil-Stuffed Delicata Squash with Cashew Raita
Infused with an aromatic blend of cumin, mustard seeds, and jalapeno, this entree is guaranteed to spice up the traditional feast. Complimenting that distinctive piquancy is a creamy cashew-based raita, replete with cooling mint leaves and crisp diced cucumber.
Beluga Lentil-Stuffed Delicata Squash
- 2 Medium Delicata Squashes (About 1 Pound Each)
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 Shallots, Finely Diced
- 1 Jalapeno, Seeded and Finely Diced
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Whole Cumin Seeds
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Whole Mustard Seeds
- 1 Cup Dry Beluga Lentils
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 2/3 Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 3/4 – 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Raw Cashews Pieces, Soaked for About 4 Hours
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint Leaves, Roughly Chopped
- 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 – 3 Persian Cucumbers, Finely Diced
- Although it’s the last addition to your stuffed squashes, it would be
wise to prepare the cashew raita first so that it’s ready to go when
you are. Thoroughly drain your soaked cashews and toss them in your
blender along with the chopped mint, lemon juice, water, and salt.
Puree, pausing to scrape down the sides of the canister with a spatula
as needed, until completely silky-smooth. This process may take longer
if you use a lower-powered model, but stick with it; that creamy texture
is important for successful raita. Once perfectly velvety, stir in the
cucumber pieces by hand. Store in an air-tight container and keep
refrigerated prior to serving.
- For the filling, heat the olive oil in a medium pot over moderate
heat before tossing in the diced shallots and jalapeno. Saute until
translucent before introducing the cumin and mustard seeds next. Cook
until the vegetables are lightly caramelized and the entire mixture is
highly aromatic. Add the lentils and broth, cover, and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes
when the lentils become tender. Add the coconut milk, vinegar, and salt
and pepper to taste. Keep the pot partially covered and simmer for an
additional 5 – 10 minutes, until the final liquid addition has been
absorbed. Cover and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, as the lentils cook, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut
both squash in half lengthwise and scoop out (but reserve) seeds. Place
each half with the cut sides down on a lightly greased baking sheet and
bake for about 30 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces the flesh.
Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before
- Reduce the heat to 250, toss the reserved seeds with just a splash of
oil and a pinch of salt, and roast for just 10 – 20 minutes, stirring
frequently to prevent them from burning. Once golden and crisp, let them
- To complete the dish, flip the roasted delicata squashes up to turn
them into edible boats and spoon the warm lentils inside. Serve the
cashew raita alongside for guests to top their squashes as desired, and
finish with a sprinkle of roasted seeds.
Stuffed delicata can be prepped up to 3 days in advance. Bake and stuff them as written, cover the casserole dish with foil, and simply reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 – 20 minutes when ready to serve.
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Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk, 13.5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12),Packaging may Vary
Certified 100% Organic Black Beluga Lentils Montana Pack of 2 454 g 16 oz each
NOW Foods, Certified Organic Cashews, Whole, Raw and Unsalted, Rich Buttery Flavor, Source of Fiber, Protein and Iron, Certified Non-GMO, 10-Ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1151mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 10gSugar: 13gProtein: 15g
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23 thoughts on “Delicata Delicacy”
Beautiful recipe and PERFECT dish for vegan guests at the Thanksgiving table (or any time)! LOVE the warmth of this hefty filling topped by cooling raita. Delicata squash is my favorite- both for it’s ease of handling and it’s super flavor. Thanks for the inspiration.
Looks so yummy;iI love pumpkins:)
what a beautiful main for thanksgiving!
Num, num, Hannah! I’ll write this down as something for Thanksgiving. Hope yours is wonderful and I hope you’re warmer there than we are in the Chicago area right now!!
Love stuffed squash! thanks for the recipe. What do you use to scrap out yours?
I just use a regular old soup spoon! If your squash give you trouble though, you could also try a grapefruit spoon instead.
That’s what I thought, but I lost my grapefruit spoons about 4 moves ago! Thanks for the tips though, will try a large soup spoon :)
These are beautiful, Hannah! I love the spices and jalapeno in this recipe.
I just started cooking with delicata squash, mainly just simply roasting them. But it looks like I can step up my game big time with this stuffed recipe. :-)
I really like this recipe and also trying this in the parties. Thanks for the sharing…
YUM! That stuffing looks so good. I’ve been eating lots of delicata this fall, for the first time actually! They’re delicious!
I love Delicata squash, and this sounds absolutely divine. How healthy can you get? Lentils and squash. Well done!
Wonderful idea for a squash.. :-) looks lovely
What a wonderful meal, I fall in love with it when I saw your pictures, thanks! But, I have not much energy to cook after last week staying in hospital. Now, is my rest time at home, hope I can get back my energy in the kitchen soon.
Hannah, how did you manage to make squash look so delicious and mouthwatering!! I like the creative addition of the lentil filling. Inspired to make this dish! It sounds really good!
I made your delectable creation & loved it so much! It was just beauty on a plate! x
It makes my day to hear that! Thank you so much, Sophie. I’m always thrilled to hear that you’re really putting my recipes to good use! :)
ooh yes! xxx
I made this for Thanksgiving, and it was UNBELIEVABLE. All my omnivorous friends went crazy for it. I will definitely be making this again and using the lentil recipe as a go-to even when I don’t have it in me to clean squash :)
I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! Thank you for trying, and sharing, the recipe! :)
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