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A few years back we started looking toward other vegetables to eat.  We targeted squash… tried all types of squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, etc. along with the many different variations. This is one such recipe that I happened across on www.simplyrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
  • Dash of Salt

1) Preheat oven to 400°F.

2) Using a strong chef’s knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half.  ***IMPORTANT***Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife.  Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don’t burn and the squash do not dry out.

3) Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a tablespoon of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.IMG_4255 IMG_4257

4) Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook as this will be like eating the insides of a . When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.

This is a delicious recipe that is a great side to any main dish!IMG_4258

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