Delicata squash is known for its characteristically delicate rind. Its cream-colored skin is so thin that it can be eaten. When roasted, the skin gives the squash a satisfying bite. Before roasting, you have to know how to slice squash.

Delicata squash can be sliced several ways. One unique way of serving this winter squash is to cut it into rings. To do this, first remove the ends of the squash with a chefs knife. Then, take the knife and slice all the way through the squash, making even 1/2-inch rounds. Each round will have a ring of squash on the outside, and a pocket of seeds in the center. Working one round at a time, insert a knife into the center of the squash ring. Turning the ring, use the knife to cut away the seeds. After you’ve cut all the way around, the seeds should pop right out.

One you’ve sliced the squash, you’re ready to roast. Coat the sliced squash lightly with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Lay the rings flat on a sheet, and bake in a 450°F oven for 15-20 minutes. After the rings have cooled, they’re ready to use. Place them on top of a salad or grain bowl, or serve them alongside your favorite protein.

Here are a few recipes we love that use sliced delicata squash:

Black Bean & Quinoa Bowls with Guacamole & Roasted Sliced Delicata Squash

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A hearty vegetarian dinner with roasted squash

Seared Chicken & Roasted Fall Vegetables with Caper-Butter Sauce

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Broccoli and delicata squash get a bath in briny caper butter in this fall dinner

Butter Chicken & Squash with Jasmine Rice

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The sauce brings the heat, the squash brings a delicate sweetness

Seared Chicken & Sour Cherry Pan Sauce with Roasted Vegetables

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The perfect tart, sweet, and savory fall dinner

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