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Maple Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash

I’ve been visiting the local farmers’ market most weeks since it opened back in June.  It has made quite an evolution over these very short 8+ weeks.  What a treat to find these babies nestled in a basket at this week’s market.  Could it be fall is just around the corner?  I will be sad to see the summer produce go, but my fall recipe folder is exploding with ideas!!

Acorn Squash

Maple Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash just says LOVE to me.  Growing up I remember Baked Acorn Squash being served as a side dish.  I also remember eating every bite of it before ever being aware anything else was on my plate.  It’s hard to categorize it as a vegetable or side dish when it could easily be savored as dessert. When maple syrup meets brown sugar it’s reminiscent of the maple sugar candies we grew up on.  A visit back to New England wouldn’t be complete without finding these melt in your mouth treasures.

Maple Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

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Maple Brown Sugar Baked Acorn Squash
 
Acorn Squash says fall and winter are just around the corner. Their sweet nutty flavor warms the heart.
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Ingredients
  • 1 Lg. or 2 mini Acorn Squash
  • 2 Tbl. butter softened
  • 2 Tbl. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbl. maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out seeds and stringy squash.
  3. With a sharp knife, score inside of each squash in a criss cross pattern, about ½" deep.
  4. Season squash cavities with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine butter, brown suqar, and maple syrup and divide equally between squash halves coating the insides.
  6. Place squash cut sides up in a shallow baking dish and add about ¼" water to pan.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour, less for mini's, slightly longer for larger squash.
  8. Baste with the sugar butter sauce at 10 min. intervals.
  9. Squash are done when the flesh is very soft.
  10. Let cool before serving.

 

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