Baked Acorn Squash - tender, sweet acorn squash baked with butter and brown sugar is the perfect side dish for your Fall dinner.
One of the most enjoyable things about the Fall season, for me, is the abundant availability of winter squash. They're just gorgeous!
With their beautiful Fall colors all arrayed in the grocery store, they make a lovely display. They're the very essence of the season. And more than just being pretty, they're delicious!
Winter squash have a long storage life. I buy them and sometimes keep them for a month or more before cooking. They don't suffer at all from the storage time. They're fat-free, high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of complex carbs and fiber.
One of my favorites of the winter squash is the little acorn squash. It may have a tough shell and a firm interior, but bake it for a while and it turns into a tender treat.
How to Make Baked Acorn Squash
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise.
Acorn squash are very firm and require some strength to cut through. Use a sharp, heavy knife and work on a stable surface. Take care to keep your fingers out of the way of the blade.
After you've cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and stringy pulp from the center of the squash. I find that the best tool for that job is a serrated grapefruit spoon if you have one. Those little serrated edges make quick work of removing the "goo" from the insides of any winter squash or pumpkin.
Spread the cut sides of each half with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. I often use a brown sugar substitute for this recipe with great results. Place the prepared squash in a baking pan, cut sides up. Bake for about 1 hour or until the squash is very tender.
Serve one half squash per person. I sometimes cut the cooked squash into wedges for serving. Makes no difference, really, whether you serve the half or wedges - it's delicious either way!
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Baked Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 2 tbsp butter softened
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and stringy pulp from the center of the squash.
- Spread the cut sides of each half with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
- Place in a baking pan, cut sides up. Bake for about 1 hour or until the squash is very tender.
- Serve one half squash per person.
Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.
-- This post was originally published on October 29, 2013.
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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