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Friday, November 19, 2010

Delicious baked Acorn squash

Baked Acorn Squash
Photography by Dawn Gagnon 2015

Thanksgiving  is coming and there are no shortage of delicious recipes out there to try, one of the simplest yet tasty and healthy recipes out there is for baked Acorn squash. Acorn squash has a mild flavor that lends itself well to so many different recipes it is hard to think of the best way to serve it. This family favorite can be eaten as a dessert or baked plain and just part of one of the sides you serve  during the holidays.

Acorn squash , figure one squash for two servings
Maple syrup
Softened Butter or Margarine
Brown sugar
Ice cream, Vanilla, Butterscotch or Butter Pecan work well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Take each acorn squash and halve them. This required a little muscle so make sure to get the right knife for the job. Using a meat cleaver that is sharp works well as the added weight  helps.
Once your squash is halved, make sure to remove all the seeds and stringy components in each halve.
In a small bowl, take the softened margarine, sugar, maple syrup and spices and  cream together.  Spread this inside each halve of the acorn squash thoroughly.
Bake in the oven for around 1 hour, or until the insides of the squash are tender and easily pierced with a knife.
Once the squash has baked, you can serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and allow the ice cream to melt inside the acorn squash for a creamy and delicious dessert. Or leave as is for a mild and sweet side on its own. Enjoy!
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