Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

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Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

Now is the season where we are seeing a lot of different types of squash coming out.  I am a huge fan of fall and winter squash.  They are healthy, full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.  It’s a win-win situation, healthy benefits and a great taste!

Besides the great variety in the squash themselves, there are so many ways to prepare it.  You can stuff it, saute, bake, roast, grill it.  Use it in soups, stews or desserts.  Today I am going to give you a recipe for acorn squash.  I think this recipe would work well for pretty much any type of squash but the baking time would vary.

Before I share today’s recipe, I am going to give you a VERY simple way to cook most squash.  Pierce the squash with a fork about 4 times.  Put the squash on a microwaveable dish and let it cook on high for about 4 minutes.  Remove the squash and once it’s cool enough to handle, cut it in half.  Remove the seeds.  Scoop out the squash or peel the skin off (that will depend on what kind of squash you are using, some are easier to peel than others).  Put all the squash into a covered bowl.  Return it to the microwave and cook until the squash is tender.  You can mash it or leave it in chunks.  Add some butter and if you would like to sweeten it up a bit, add some brown sugar or maple syrup.  Yum!

 

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I have these squash at my house now.  Most of them I will make in the microwave as I described above.  The buttercup tends to be a little on the drier side, so I will add some water to that when I cook it.

Now for today’s recipe.  It’s easy to make but since it is baked, it takes about an hour before it is ready.  It’s delicious and it gets a beautiful color in the oven.  You can figure each person will eat 1/2 of an acorn squash.

5 from 2 votes
Baked Acorn Squash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Its easy to make but since it is baked, it takes about an hour before it is ready. Its delicious and it gets a beautiful color in the oven.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 256 kcal
Author: Gigi Howe
Ingredients
  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup or brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Scrub squash and cut length wise (from stem to tip). Discard seeds.
  2. Brush cut side of the squash with melted butter. Arrange, with cut side down, in a baking dish. Bake 30 mins.
  3. Turn squash over with the cut sides up and brush with combined butter and corn syrup or brown sugar. Let bake until tender, brushing often with syrup mixture – about 30 mins.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Acorn Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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