Classic Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

Looking for an easy Classic Baked Acorn Squash recipe? Learn how to make Classic Baked Acorn Squash using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by bobcatman9

Makes 2 servings



The weather has finally decided to cool down around here and the first acorn squash have appeared at our local farmers market. Acorn squash are wonderfully easy to prepare - just cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, add a little brown sugar and/or maple syrup, and bake for a little over an hour. Choose squash that are heavy for their size and have a hard, deep-colored rind free of blemishes or moldy spots. The hard skin of a winter squash protects the flesh and allows it to be stored longer than summer squash. It does not require refrigeration and can be kept in a cool, dark place for a month or more, depending on the variety. Once the seeds are removed, winter squash can be baked, steamed or simmered. They're a good source of iron, riboflavin and vitamins A (more than summer squash) and C.

Recipe Ingredients for Classic Baked Acorn Squash

1 Acorn squash
1 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
1 dash of Salt

Recipe Directions for Classic Baked Acorn Squash

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. 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. 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 doesn't get dried out.

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

  4. 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. 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.

  5. Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.

Categories

Vegetables, Soup, Thanksgiving, Bake

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 238.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
189
Calories from Fat
54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
6.0g
9%
Saturated Fat
3.7g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
128mg
5%
Potassium
775mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates
35.8g
12%
Dietary Fiber
3.2g
13%
Sugars
12.7g
Protein
1.8g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 8% Iron 9%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • High in manganese
  • High in potassium
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in sugar
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