Thursday, October 28, 2010

Acorn Squash with Rosemary and Brown Sugar

I thought with the endless Summer squash, the gift that keeps on giving all season that we would be bored with squash in the Autumn.  As soon as I laid eyes on this recipe, I changed my mind.  What was I thinking?  Summer squash is no comparison to Fall squashes, different textures, different colors, different flavors.

This acorn squash was like eating creamy candy, yet it did not feel heavy or indulgent.

The squash looks stunning sauteing in the pan.  Look at those Autumn colors!




Acorn Squash with Rosemary and Brown Sugar
Serves 4
Recipe from Fine Cooking

Ingredients:
1-2 pound acorn squash (unpeeled), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 8 wedges
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Using a paring knife, score each wedge of squash lengthwise down the middle of the flesh.  heat the butter and oil in an 11 to 12-inch straight-sided saute pan over medium-high heat.  Arrange the squash in the pan in a single layer and cook, flipping occasionally, until deep golden-brown on all cut sides, about 10 minutes (note: if your pan is not large enough to brown all the squash at once, brown it in batches, and then return to the pan to simmer.

Carefully pour the wine into the pan, then quickly scatter the brown sugar, rosemary, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper over the squash.  Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the squash is almost tender, about 10 minutes more.

Uncover the pan and increase the heat to medium.  Flip the squash and cook until the liquid is thick and the squash is tender, about 5 minutes more.  Transfer the squash to platter, season with salt and pepper to taste, drizzle any remaining liquid over the top, and serve.


Enjoy!

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49 comments:

girlichef said...

Oh, it is gorgeous...out of the pan, too! Sounds so good :D

Lea Ann said...

I totally agree, fall and winter squash are most certainly special. This looks like a delicious dish! Another bookmarked.

Dishesdone said...

Looks delicious! Love your description as creamy candy!

The Food Hound said...

I saw this recipe in FC (best magazine!!) and tore it out to make! Looks delish!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am not sure that I have ever seen acorn squash, I must have a look around. Diane

Design Wine and Dine said...

Look at that caramelization! Beautiful recipe and photos! Great fall dish for sure, thanks!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh boy this looks good!! I love acorn squash but haven't ever had it prepared this way. Can't wait to try!

Anncoo said...

Looks so delicious! How I wish I can have some now :))

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love acorn squash and I usually just bake it! Would love to try this! Hugs! ♥

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Mmmm! I love candies squash! And I really like how you've cut them!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Okay, okay. I HAVE to try this. I am not a fan of just baking it with brown sugar in halves and 'scooping' it out with a spoon. But sliced like this - I'm IN. Thanks for sharing!

RamblingTart said...

Wow, this looks and sounds SO good, Velva! :-) Love the addition of rosemary. That makes it just perfect. :-)

TKW said...

This looks like a perfect dish for the holidays--I just love rosemary.

A Canadian Foodie said...

Can't beat an autumn recipe like this. Winter herbs, winter squash - gorgeous and delicious - and the leftovers make a GREAT soup!
:)
Valerie

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Gorgeous, and perfect for fall. I usually stick to butternut squash, but this makes me want to break out of my rut!

Susi said...

Velva, my husband has been bugging me to make an acorn squash dish and I've been looking. I think this sounds amazing and I will be making it for him. Thanks for sharing :o)

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks absolutely delectable :) I totally need to try it!! YUM!

Sues

Foodessa said...

Creamy candy...I'm there...and yes, I never truly can get bored with such a wonderously versatile fruit such as the squash ;o)
Lovely and tasty flavours.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

LindyLouMac said...

Dare I admit I have no idea what an acorn squash even is?
Thanks for calling by News From Italy, so glad you enjoyed the photographic trip around the garden.

Bridgett said...

Wow, just look how beautiful it is. It definitely makes me want to give this a go tonight. Delicious.

Sinful Sundays said...

That does look beautiful. And it looks so simple to make!

Holly said...

Yum! I love the sound of this recipe!! Rosemary would be so good here in this dish.

Eliana said...

Hmmm - this looks divine and I wish I could gobble it all up right now.

Hungry Dog said...

Delicious! And I agree, summer squash has nothing on autumn squash!

Claudia said...

This is drop-dead-gorgeous-winner of the "Beautiful Squash Pageant." Never have I seen more enticing squash.

Marguerite said...

Drooling over this creamy candy! Love acorn squash and this dish looks seriously delicious! Will definitely be trying it! Thanks for sharing!

Stella said...

OOH, this look so perfectly cooked, Velva. I love acorn squash, but mine never looks this glistening and wonderful. I might have to follow your way next time I have some...
p.s. thanks for your sweet comment on my veg post;)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I'll bet that the rosemary really pumped up the flavor of this squash. I just trimmed a huge bunch off my plant tonight because we're expecting a significant frost tonight. I'm going to have to try this.

lakeviewer said...

Oh Yummmmmmmm!

Paula said...

Acorn squash has never been a biggie for me but I think this recipe might change that. Wow! Rosemary? That sounds so, so good.

scrambledhenfruit said...

So beautiful! I do love those fall colors. :) I know that this squash must be wonderful with the rosemary and brown sugar. Yum!

UrMomCooks said...

Yum! Am just now staring down 2 big acorn squash that I need to make into something fantastic! Simple is best - this looks so good!

Rita said...

What a stunning and beautiful photo. I can taste the brown sugar and rosemary; great combination!
Rita

Raina said...

That is one yummy looking dish. Wine, rosemary, and brown sugar... sounds like a delicious way to make squash:)

Beth said...

This looks delicious. What a perfect fall dish!

Cathy said...

I usually just cut my squash in half but cutting it into wedges produces a lot more surface to soak up the caramel-y glaze. I like the bit of rosemary you've added. Yum.

Ana Powell said...

So moreish and beautiful ♥

Chef Dennis said...

Hi Velva

I am really loving winter squash, that acorn squash looks so very very good...isn't amazing how when cooked winter squash could easily be dessert.
Thanks for such a wonderful creation!
Dennis

Monet said...

What a lovely fall recipe. I am also enjoying winter squash, although I'm not cooking with it nearly as much as I should be! Thank you for sharing this with me...and for your kind words on my own blog!

Rosabela said...

Oh wow, Velva! This looks and sounds so devine. I never get tired of cooking/baking with squashes. This dish is THE perfect dish for fall. Thanks for sharing it!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Velve, these acorn wedges look truly delicious. I like their sticky look!

Erica said...

What a delicious side dish, Velva! Perfect for this season.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

It does looks lovely - I absolutely adore autumn!!!!

Chris said...

thank you thank you!

I just had my first butternut squash experience this week and have an acorn squash waiting for us to take advantage of it tomorrow. You just gave me the perfect guidance!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful! I have an acorn squash standing by from the farm - love the addition of rosemary here.

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Yum! This squash looks wonderfllu sweet and tasty. And so comforting.

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

I have tones of pumpkin left, this will be perfect for it too. Love the sweet flavors with rosemary. Thanks for sharing

Mimi said...

I love it when simple ingredients come together for an incredible taste.
Mimi

Chef E said...

LOL this seems too easy for me, but I may have to try it- I love the last wordless pic!

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