Squash Serving Bowls | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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You know, I'm always looking for ways to sort of spice things up around the holidays. Fall
rolls in, why not just roll with the fall and choose some things from your produce department
or right out of your own garden to create a festive appetizer tray like this. You see,
rather than using bowls, I've used some acorn squash. You can use just about any winter
squash. Pumpkins, I've used pumpkins as soup bowls. And in this case, I've used an acorn
squash to hold this veggie dip. You see, I love the deep, dark color of these acorn squash.
And when you cut into them, you get that beautiful light orange -- it works with all the autumnal
colors. On this tray I've used some leaves. In this case, I gathered some leaves from
the garden, picked up some leaves out of the yard and decorated the tray. Used those as
the base, added some rose hips, some cheese, and then, two dishes of some vegetables to
go along with the dip. When you're choosing these winter squash as vessels, you wanna
make sure that they're stable. For instance, this one with the stem broken off is perfect.
You see, it sits level, it won't topple over, and so you could cut it across here, and it
would make the perfect bowl. In a case where you have a nice stem and it won't stand up,
sometimes I'll cut them on the side like this. You just wanna make sure you have a sharp
knife and cut it evenly across, so that when you pull this back then it's level. So you
can see how this would make lovely bowl. Then you just take a spoon and scoop out all the
seeds and the insides like this. Now one way to keep the flesh of this from shriveling,
because when it becomes exposed to air it'll begin to shrivel, is just take a little olive
oil and just rub on the outside like this and it'll last several hours longer. You can
see, you can get really creative with things from the produce department. And what's great
about using these vegetable bowls is, hey, you can compost them or you can cook them
later, and you don't have to clean up. Give it a try. Hey, if you've got some unique ways
you've used some of these winter squash in your holiday entertaining, I'd love to hear
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