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Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

Hurray for the nutty sweetness and deep nourishment we get from roasted harvest squashes! This ultra-simple recipe practically makes itself, and the results embody all the colors, textures, and flavors of fall.

A touch of butter and maple syrup is all it takes to turn this dish into a masterpiece (or you can add optional fresh ginger and pecans to really gild the lily). Anti-oxidants, minerals, and true fall taste: Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash has it all.


2 acorn squash
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons maple syrup
3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (optional)
4 tablespoons chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Slice a thin piece off both ends of the squash, including the stem. Cut the squash in half crosswise (perpendicular to the ribs). Scoop out the seeds with a sturdy spoon.

2. Line a pan in which the squash can fit snugly with foil or parchment paper. If you use foil, rub with butter to prevent squash from sticking.

3. Set the squash halves in the prepared baking pan and smear the flesh with the softened butter. Sprinkle with the salt. Drizzle maple syrup over the cut edge of the squash and into the cavity (most of the liquid will pool there) and sprinkle with the ginger, if using.

4. Roast the squash halves until nicely browned and very tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour and 15 minutes for a small to medium squash (larger squash may take longer); add the pecans, if using, for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Do not undercook. Serve warm with a spoon.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from Comfort Food (Taunton Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Taunton Press. Reprinted by permission of the publishers.
Adapted from Comfort Food (Taunton Press, 2004).

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10:42AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Off to the shed to get some squash and make this for dinner . Thanks you made me hungry , lol .

7:54PM PDT on May 29, 2013

yummy, love squash

11:24AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thank you.

1:34AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Sounds yummy.Thanks for sharing

10:09AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Yummy!!! Thank you

3:41PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you :)

3:20PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

5:37PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thanks so much for the great recipe!

8:50AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Yes, I agree, the key is REAL Maple Syrup. Yum yum

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