Easy Gem Squash Recipes

Gem Squash is very easy to cook. 
The beauty of Gem Squash is you can actually cook them in their shell.
They are great as a quick, easy, nutritious meal or snack.
There are plenty of meal ideas for you to try, or you can eat it on it's own with a knob of butter, salt & pepper.  Or you can fill with what ever ingredients you'd like.
 Gem Squash is also the perfect Babies First Food.  See below for a simple, quick, nutritious meal for your baby.

Warning:   Do not cook gem squash whole, as they can burst.

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Patsy demonstrates a simple but tasty Gem Squash meal.

 Gem Squash filled with corn & topped with corn chips
scooping seeds out of gem squash
Cut a Gem Squash in half & scoop out
the seeds

condimentsYou will only need a handful of the following ingredients to fill the squash:
Creamed sweetcorn
Spring Onions
Sour cream
Corn chips
Salt & pepper to taste

mushroom cap 

Fill the Gem Squash with the ingredients. Finally crush some corn chips on top.
If you wish you can top with a mushroom cap.
gem squash corn chip recipe

Pop in the oven for 20 minutes at 160C, or pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.

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Patsy cooks up another easy GEM SQUASH recipe.

Easy Gem Squash filled with Savoury mince
stuffed gem squash
You can fill squash with savoury mince, cover in breadcrumbs. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes at 160C or microwave for 2 - 4 minutes until heated through & tender.

Gem Squash filled with bacon, onion & spinach
bacon, spinach, pinenutsScoop the seeds out of your Gem Squash. 
Fill the squash with the following ingredients:
Fried bacon
cooked onion
chopped spinach
plain yoghurt
salt & pepper to taste
gem squash before cooking
You can sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese
Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 160C,
or pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
Gem squash cooked
Ready to eat!

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Patsy demonstrates an easy, tasty GEM SQUASH recipe.

Babies First Food
Gem Squash cooked
Cut a Gem Squash in half, scoop out the seeds & cook in the microwave for 2 - 3 minutes, or until tender.
gem squash blended for baby food

Scoop out the cooked flesh & blend for a smooth consistency.  You will need to add liquid i.e. breast milk, formula or boiled water.
Add the fluid to get the right consistency  for your baby.

Tracey's take on a Gem Squash Soufflè

cheese & grater
Heat oven to 180C 
Roast entire gem squash for 20 minutes in the oven.
Cut in half, remove the seeds

Scoop out the flesh and mash with butter and garlic
Add an egg & some grated smoked cheese, plus some parmesan.

Refill the shells with filling
Bake in the oven again for 20mins at 180C.

This is a great take on a soufflè or pastry free quiche

Paella filled Gem Squash

Tuna gem squashCook Paella rice in chicken stock
cook some bacon
chop up some vegetables - butter beans, green beans, zucchini, chives & other herbs.

Cut Gem Squash in half, scoop out seeds, fill with bacon & vegetables.

Cook in an oven at 160C for approx. 20 mins (or until cooked through).


Simple Gem Squash filled with Baked Beans
gem squash stuffed with baked beans uncooked
Cut the Gem Squash in half, scoop out the seeds, fill with baked beans, then top with grated cheese. 
gem squash stuffed with baked beans cooked

Pop in the oven for 20 mins at 160C, or microwave 2 - 4 minutes, or until heated through & tender.

Tuna & rice filled Gem Squash

entree Cut Gem Squash in half, scoop out the seeds.
Preheat oven to 160C

Mix together cooked rice with tuna
you can choose any of the following;
tinned tuna options:
Tomato & basil
Lime & pepper
Chilli, lime & ginger in oil
                                                           Chop fresh basil
                                                           Drizzle of lime avocado oil.

Pop in the oven at 160C and cook for 20 minutes (or until cooked through).

Gem Squash as an entree

Serves 6

entrees3 Gem Squash
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 onion finely chopped
3 rashes bacon, rind removed
3/4 mushrooms, finely diced
3 oz cooked rice (brown or white)
topping - grated cheese & breadcrumbs

Cut Gem Squash in half, remove the seeds and sprinkle with salt

Heat oil in fry pan & lightly fry garlic, onion & bacon.  Drain off oil.   
Add mushrooms, stir over heat until tender.
Add rice & mix well.

Fill centre of Gem Squash with mixture. 
Top with grated cheese & breadcrumbs.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 160C

Serve Gem Squash halves as entrees, or an accompaniment to a main course, or have 2 halves with a salad for a complete meal.

For this recipe you can also use Risotto.  (Great use of left overs).

Riana's traditional South African recipe

Thanks Riana for sending us the traditional South African way to cook gem squash.

Cut each gem squash in half and then cook with or without seeds, in water with a pinch of salt. (I love cooking gems with the seeds and then merely scoop them out when the gems are cooked).
Never ever cook a gem whole - It will burst and can cause severe burns.  Always cut in half.

When the gem halves are cooked (tender), remove seeds.   Place a little sugar and a piece of butter inside  and grate a little nutmeg over the top.
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