Friday, November 22, 2013

Baked Acorn Squash



It is Fall and that means all my friends CSA baskets are brimming with Squash of all kinds and they love to share with me, which I do appreciate.  I had accumulated about 6 Squashes and was looking for a different way to cook them.   

I found this recipe and decided to try it, scoring the squash is something I have never done before, what a great idea, we both loved this recipe! It is my new "go to" recipe for Acorn Squash.

One tip is to place foil over your baking dish or you will have a baked on mess!
  
2 acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
salt to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper






































Directions:
1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Score the squash by making 1/4-inch deep slashes into the flesh of the squash. Place in baking dish. Brush with orange juice and sprinkle with salt.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 30 min.
4. Meanwhile, simmer butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small skillet over medium heat until smooth and the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the squash from the oven. Pour out any liquid that may have collected in the squash. Brush the glaze over each squash half. Return to the oven until tender, about 20 more minutes. Spoon any glaze that has collected at the bottom of the squash over the edges of the squash. Season with additional salt, if desired.

2 comments:

Patricia Reitz said...

I recognized these lovelies right away - Love chef John! I made and blogged about this recipe a few years ago - yummy stuff.

Anonymous said...

Love this prep on squash!