Little Gem Cooking Tips

Written by Various Sources on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 09:04AM
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Baking Gem Squash

Baking gem squash is one of the simplest ways of serving them. Being small, gem squash work particularly well and they bake evenly. 


Serves 4 as a side dish - ½ squash each

  • 2 medium to large gem squash
  • Some aluminium foil


  1. Chop the gem squash in half.  You'll need to use a sharp, heavy knife. Sometimes the skins are quite tough, so it is essential to be careful.
  2. Remove the stalk and use a dessert spoon to scoop out all the seeds. If you leave them in, the squash can taste bitter.
  3. Put the two halves of the squash back together and wrap loosely in foil. Make sure you are allowing any steam to escape, but not letting the juices leak.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 1/2 hour, or until the orange squash flesh is soft.

For a spicier version, you could drizzle with chilli oil before baking. (Not got any gem squash? This recipe also works well with butternut squash)

You could stuff with garlic mushrooms, part way through cooking. Or you could serve stuffed with a salsa of fresh tomato, olive oil and basil, which you could spoon in at the end of cooking.

Little Gem boiled in Water

Prick the skin in a few places and simmer in water for 20 minutes. Cut it in half and serve with butter and ground black pepper.

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