Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

We got two acorn squash in our Community Co-Op order and so I went in search of something to do with them. I had never cooked an acorn squash before but the recipe was so simple that they turned out really good! Although, they were so hard that I struggled to cut them in half; I had to enlist the help of my husband and was so grateful he could do it for me.

This is also our kind of recipe because it takes a perfectly healthy vegetable and adds enough butter and brown sugar to it to negate any of the health benefits. But, I figure that even though I am getting the butter and brown sugar, I am also getting the nutrients of the squash – so not a total loss and it was delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (or perhaps a little more)

DIRECTIONS

1)      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2)      Cut acorn squash in half from stem to tip. Clean out all seeds.

3)      Put acorn squash upside down on a baking sheet. Make sure your baking sheet has four little sides and fill it halfway with water.

4)      Bake acorn squash for about 40 minutes until it softens. You will be able to easily put a fork through the once tough shell when it is done.

5)      Remove acorn squash from the oven and turn right side up on a plate. Put 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in the hollowed out part of each acorn squash and rub it around on all the flesh of the acorn squash, including the top edges. Leave any excess in the hollowed out center of the acorn squash.

6)      Put the two halves of the acorn squash back together and place in a baking dish so they do not move around much during baking.

7)      Put acorn squash back in the oven for another 30 minutes; keep the oven at 350 degrees.

8)      Remove the acorn squash from the oven. You can then take any excess brown sugar / butter mixture from the center of the acorn squash and drizzle it over the half of the acorn squash that doesn’t have anything in the center if you wish.

9)      You can eat the acorn squash directly out of the shell for a pretty fall presentation, or you can scoop the acorn squash out of the shell and put it in a dish to serve.

Download the full recipe here!