Baked Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • dash of salt
  • water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven (or large-sized toaster oven) to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut squash in half from stem to end (use sturdy knife – may need to microwave for 2 minutes to soften squash).  Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a spoon and discard.  Score inside of each half with a knife several times to make a grid on the inside flesh.  Place on a baking dish, cut side up.  Add about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water to the pan so the skin doesn’t burn and squash does not get dried out.
  3. Put 1/2 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp maple syrup in each half.
  4. Cook for 1 to 1.25 hours, until squash is very soft and tops are browned (do not undercook).  After first 10-15 minutes, use a pastry brush to mix up the glaze inside each half (now melted) and brush glaze up the sides and over top of squash.  If desired, repeat this glazing 2 or 3 times throughout cooking.
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serves 2 to 4 (depending on how much squash you like to eat).

Source: Simply Recipes, http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_baked_acorn_squash/

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