Sweet Dumpling Squash with Basil-Oregano Rice Vinegar

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Sweet dumpling squash with oregano-basil rice vinegar

This post was generously underwritten by Mizkan. As always my comments and opinions are my own.


This morning, while driving the kids to school, I saw tons of pumpkins growing on the side of the road. The bright orange and greens covered the fields as a reminder Fall is here, and with it, a new palette of colors, flavors and aromas.

I do like Fall, not just because the weather is cool and nice, but because this is the season for pumpkins and squash.  A few weeks ago I was visiting a farm on the Central Coast of California and ended up with a basket full of squash of different shapes, colors and sizes. They looked so pretty that I didn't want to cook them!  That would be a waste so I took a couple sweet dumpling squash and created a dish with the help of Nakano's oregano-basil rice vinegar.  The sweetness of the vinegar tastes divine with the fresh and strong flavor of the squash.

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Basil and Oregano Rice Vinegar

Serves 4

  • 2 sweet dumpling squash
  • 1/3 cup of red onion, sliced
  • 1 T butter
  • 6 T Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar with Basil and Oregano
  • Salt and peeper to taste
  • Fresh lemon thyme (optional)

Slice the squash and, following your microwave instructions, cook until soft.  You can also bake them, or roast them, if you prefer.  In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter, add the red onion and cook until the onion is soft, approx 5 minutes.

Peel the squash, cut into pieces and add to onion and butter. Mix and cook until flavors are combined, approx 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and add Nakano rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle a few lemon thyme leaves on top if you wish.

It makes a perfect side dish.

sweet dumpling squash with basil and oregano rice vinegar

Don't be afraid to experiment with new flavors, specially when cooking vegetables. I have found vegetables with rice vinegar make a perfect pair, and with the great variety of rice vinegar flavors available the possible combinations are endless.

Have you seen my Mexican coleslaw with red pepper rice vinegar?



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