If it smells like a pumpkin, tastes like a sweet potato, and looks like a squash, it’s a KABOCHA!
Ka-boo-what? Kabocha is a Japanese variety winter squash.
I have been eyeing this winter wonderland produce at my local Whole Foods Market for awhile. But with no clue how to make it or what it tastes like, I kept on walking!
My budget is too tight to try new food that my family won’t eat.
But, with the help of a trusted chef (and friend), I got out of my comfort zone.
I met Candice Kumai back in August in NYC. We became fast friends.
If Candice looks familiar, it may be because she was on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef and is currently a regular judge on Iron Chef America. When I met Candice, her new cookbook, Cook Yourself Sexy was on the verge of being released.
Don’t get fooled by the cheeky title, Cook Yourself Sexy is packed with advice and a complete 7 day menu on getting you to feel and look your best.
It’s inspired from her Japanese heritage of eating fresh, whole foods with simple ingredients.
FRESH. WHOLE. SIMPLE.
There are so many recipes I’m trying out, but this recipe for Kabocha fries is a total keeper!
I’ve made it twice already…in less than a week. In season produce is not only more flavorful, it’s also priced to sell!
Make these as a side dish for Thanksgiving or an after school snack for the kids. The inside is sweet, the skin is salty and the rest is all comfort. Enjoy.
My Kabocha. I don’t know much about picking the “right” one, but it looked pretty and matched my table, so you know that’s always a plus.
Candice said it’s hard to cut. She wasn’t kidding. I’m positive that’s why my arms were a bit sore after. See inside, like a pumpkin!
Ice cream scooper. Not just for ice cream! Clean and on the scene. (No, I have no idea what that even means).
Cut the Kabocha into 1/4″-1/2″ half moons. This size will easily make a side dish serving for 8 people at only $1/serving! And it presents beautifully!
Toss with a little olive oil and sea sat and that’s it! Skip the cinnamon, say no to nutmeg, you don’t need it!
Sweet. Salty. Addicting.
Have you ever tried Kabocha?
Chef Kumai is generously giving FIVE Frugalette readers a SIGNED copy of her new cookbook. I’m so excited for you I can’t stand it. Check out this post to enter!