Friday, October 18, 2013

Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter

Acorn squash is often harvested in late summer, stores easily for several months, and is often enjoyed during the fall and winter.  This winter squash is not as rich in beta carotene as some of its cousins but is high in fiber and potassium, and delivers a meal or side dish that is satisfying.

I have read that acorn squash is easy to grow and is planted after the last threat of frost.  Next season I am planning to try my hand growing winter squashes (acorn and butternut) along side my summer squashes (zucchini and yellow crooked neck).

This baked acorn squash proves that fresh and simply prepared equals delicious.


Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter
Serves 2
Recipe from Food Network



Ingredients:
1 acorn squash cut in half
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Scoop the seeds out of the cavities and discard.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, syrup and salt and pepper, to taste.  Rub the squash cavities and cut sides of squash with butter mixture and place them on a baking sheet, cut side up.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 1-hour until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork.  Serve 1 half per person.

Enjoy!

34 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

A simple preparation that is simply delicious!

Best,
Bonnie

Nammi said...

interesting recipe, and a simple one too:)

Susan Lester said...

Yum - I have an acorn squash sitting on my counter! I like the addition of maple syrup. Looking forward to see how your effort to grow them goes. I don't think we have enough space in our garden for them.

That Girl said...

Baked acorn squash is one of those simple pleasure things.

Sue/the view from great island said...

This is such a simple staple of fall, I love it!

Farm Girl said...

I am going to buy some when I go to the store. This looks wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. I have never cooked it before.

sonia said...

Yum! Going to try this!

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

I love acorn squash. It can be prepared simply and deliciously. I've got a favorite recipe where I stuff it with bread stuffing, mushrooms and cranberries. Still no acorn squash from the farm, but I'm hoping tomorrow is the day.

Sarah said...

Delicious.

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

A beautiful fall dish, simple in it's deliciousness.
Sam

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I love making Acorn squash this way. So simple, so wonderful.

Ann Jones said...

My mom made acorn squash similar to this growing up and I loved it :) Great recipe and pic!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looks sooooo good!! Now I know what we're having for supper tonight!! Thank you!

Karen Harris said...

My daughter is going to love this recipe! This will definitely on my Thanksgiving menu.

A Kitchen Witch said...

Mmmm!

Rachel Cotterill said...

It's the perfect season for this kind of dish. I've never thought of sweetening a squash, though! Intriguing.

Monet said...

Is it difficult to cut acorn squashes in half? I hate to say it...but I'm always daunted by how tough some of those squashes are to cut! This looks delicious!

Cathleen said...

Oh yum!! These look SO good! I would love to try this!

Rosita Vargas said...

Una delicia me ncanta son recuerdos de infancia mi madre también las hacía al hono pero con miel,saludos y abrazos.

Julie said...

Love acorn squash with butter and spices. Soooooo good!

Our photos said...

Acorn squash with butter and spicesl ook so yummy!
Have a nice day! RW & SK

Krista said...

Mmm, I do so love acorn squash. :-) This looks delicious and so warming, Velva. :-)

CQUEK said...

yes pls

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

That looks like candy!

Tina said...

I want to try my hand at gardening squash this year too. I love the butternut but this acorn squash sures looks delish.

Blond Duck said...

My sister has been ranting and raving about acorn squash.

Pam said...

Looks delicious and pretty much the way I make mine.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

you can just see the caramelization of the butter and sugar ontop of the squash. it makes my mouth drool. its like dessert almost!

Kitchen Riffs said...

My mom used to make this all the time when I was a kid. I've made it often, too, but I'll bet it's been 10 years, at least. Gotta do it again - thanks so much for this.

Angie Schneider said...

I will finish the whole squash at one go! Looks soooooooooo good!

lisa is cooking said...

The buttery glaze on the baked squash looks delicious! I'm loving all the winter squash right now.

Karen said...

This is my hubby's favorite squash and I make it just like you do... so good!

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

Just by seeing the photo.. our mouths watered.. Need to try this recipe!

Bill said...

Perfect side dish for the fall! I might have to add this to my Thanksgiving menu! So simple, yet so delicious! Thanks for sharing, Velva!

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