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    I'd like to eat more baked yams and squash but I don't like how sweet they get. I prefer a savory flavor rather than sweet tasting which is why I never cook squash.

    Any recipes or tips for taking the sweetness out?

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    Spices are usually the best way to tone down too much sweetness. At the back of my mind I have a recipe for a squash curry made with tamarind paste. It's not "hot", just spicy (there's a difference). If you are interested I'll go and find it. If you don't like spicy food I don't think I can help. Sorry.
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    Butternut squash is usually sweet. I tried a couple of acorn squashes last month and they were not sweet (but were very bland to be honest).

    Has anyone ever tried the spaghetti squash? My mom makes some kinda vinegarette salad with it (I myself have never tried it though).


    So yea there are quite a few different types of squashes so I think you can select some that are not so sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moomies View Post
    Butternut squash is usually sweet. I tried a couple of acorn squashes last month and they were not sweet (but were very bland to be honest).

    Has anyone ever tried the spaghetti squash? My mom makes some kinda vinegarette salad with it (I myself have never tried it though).


    So yea there are quite a few different types of squashes so I think you can select some that are not so sweet.

    I make spaghetti squash with brown sugar and butter. Yum!
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    I've made spaghetti squash with a little garlic, oil and fresh parmesan -- yum! Sage is good in squash dishes of all kinds -- fresh is best, but any sage will cut the sweetness. When I eat baked yams, I just add a little olive oil or butter, salt and pepper and I find they are just right.

    Fresh grated nutmeg and a little pepper is good, too. Most squash needs a little sweetening but butternut and spaghetti squash don't.

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    I'll try all the suggestions. Thank you. I do like squash soups but I'll never make soup.

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