Red kuri squash (Hokkaido pumpkin) and baby bok choy are lightly steamed and served with a ginger sesame sauce in this easy fall and winter side dish.
It’s officially pumpkin season. While winter, spring and summer each offers their own unique array of fruits and vegetables, during the fall pumpkins reign supreme.
Right at this moment people everywhere are going crazy over pumpkin bread and lattes and pretty much anything you can flavor with pumpkin. We’re confronted with massive displays of various squash and pumpkins at the farmers’ markets and grocery stores as well. Seems like everywhere you turn there they are; there’s no escaping it, it is pumpkin mania out there.
And while I do love a good pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, when it comes to the ubiquitous winter squash I tend to lean towards the savory side.
I’m particularly fond of red Kuri pumpkins (also known as Hokkaido pumpkin); their sweet, firm flesh has a subtle nuttiness to it. Its delicate taste is further accented by more assertive flavors like garlic, red pepper and ginger. I give mine a quick steam along with some tender baby bok choy and dress the whole thing with an Asian inspired sesame ginger sauce. The silky sweet and delicate flavors of both shine through beautifully in this simple preparation
If you’ve never tried steaming pumpkin before it’s really quite quick and easy and makes for a meltingly tender result. Each slice comes out of the steamer completely fork tender in less than 15 minutes, ready to soak up the spicy ginger and sesame infused sauce.
This is the kind of dish that’s well suited for this time of year that practically necessitates the cooking of pumpkins. It’s quick enough to make any night of the week but would also make for an excellent alternative to more traditional side dishes for the holidays.
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?
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