Delmonico’s Marrow Squash

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Swiss immigrants Giovanni and Pietro Del Monico started their New York confectionary and wine shop in 1827. As the city expanded, so did their business, moving uptown to follow their customers. Their menus were lush and extensive, and the internet will direct you to Delmonico Potatoes, but we share this recipe (originally posted from Plymouth's Pilgrim Hall Museum). (http://www.pilgrimhall.org)

Steps

  1. Peel the squash and cut it into quarter-inch thick slices; from these remove twenty-four round pieces with an inch and a quarter diameter cutter; blanch, drain, and sauté them in butter over a brisk fire, seasoning with salt and nutmeg; dress them in a circle, one overlapping the other, on a dish that is fit to be placed in the oven.
  2. Cut as much of the squash into five-eighths of an inch squares; blanch them by dropping them into boiling salted water, continuing the boiling process for fifteen minutes, then drain and fry them in butter, salt over, and lay them in the center of the circle; dredge grated parmesan cheese on top, pour on some butter, and color in a hot oven; strew chopped parsley over the surface, and when serving squeeze the juice of a lemon over the whole.