Roast Carnival Squash, Not Just a Decoration

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Recently my favorite farmer at the Nolensville Farmer’s Market was selling these beautiful carnival squash that until recently, I only used for decorating.

Roast Carnival Squash

He told me to cut them up and roast them as they sweet and delicious. He was right. You might be wondering what exactly is a carnival squash? Me too.

What is a Carnival Squash?

A carnival squash is small, pretty and a cross between a sweet dumpling and an acorn squash. It has bursts of color and is why it’s often used decorativley.

They are hard to cut through, and you might want to microwave a bit to soften. I just used a very sharp knife, carefully. Cut lengthwise and keep cutting until you have pieces. Scrape off seeds, but do not peel. The skin is edible.

Roast Carnival Squash

This is my version with parmesan.

Carnival Squash

How to Roast Carnival Squash

I put the pieces (with skin) on roasting pan and brushed with melted butter. You could use olive oil also. It took about 20 minutes at 400 Degrees F. I turned over at 10 minutes.

This is my version with maple syrup.

Roasting Carnival Squash from Spinach Tiger

Variations for Carnival Squash

  • Brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Brush with melted butter (flavored with a bit of maple syrup or extact).
  • Brush with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Brush with olive oil, seasoned with chili oil or whatever heat you like.
  • Wrap with a little prosciutto for a quick appetizer bite.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this squash. It’s nutty, buttery and slightly sweet. Enjoy!

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Roast Carnival Squash

Beautiful Carnival Squash, cut roasted with skin and several variations.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American


Variation 1

  • 1 Carnival Squash
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Maple Syrup or extract
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Variation 2

  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Cut on the natural lines of the squash and cut into thinner pieces as needs.
    Roast Carnival Squash
  • Remove all seeds.
  • Brush with either melted butter or olive oil. if using variation 1 add the maple syrup to the butter and brush. If using variation 2, brush with either butter or olive oil. Add the Parmesan during last five minutes of roasting. Season both with salt and pepper.
    Roasting Carnival Squash from Spinach Tiger
  • Roast on baking sheet for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Turn over at then minutes. You may need a few more minutes. Should be fork tender.

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