Baked Acorn squash is a delicious, easy and healthy side dish for a fall dinner! Full of nutrients and plenty of fiber; Acorn squashis so sweet, once baked, I eat mine plain and LOVE it! Eat it plain or loaded with brown sugar and butter this is a ‘must have often’ for fall meals.
I WAS RAISED ON EASY BAKED ACORN SQUASH…
My country-raised mom knows all about good, fresh produce. There has always been acorn squash in my life, as long as I remember. We’d go up to her hometown and U pick all sorts of things with Grandma in the summer.
My Aunt and Uncle lived in that town as well and always had lots of garden wonders to share with us at harvest time. Lucky city kids. My fantastic childhood experiences in their rural world convinced me I needed to be a country girl.
I exited Seattle at 20 years old, headed out to the boon-docks and never looked back!
Easy baked Acorn squash is always on the table every fall, at our house. Baked to perfection with a dollop of butter and brown sugar. This year I had to buy it. Dave would not grow squash in our garden (except zucchini-I begged!).
He’s trying to clear mildew out of the garden. That was not a successful effort so this is the last year we miss our acorn squash patch! We are making due, in the meantime, with store bought acorn squash; to tell you the truth, I don’t mind. It’s still wonderful!
Any kind of squash is good and healthy! We have grown and loved many squash over the years. Delicata squash makes a lovely saute with pomegranate, Zucchini is excellent in SO many ways…if I had a nickle for every zucchini recipe I have made…And butternut and pumpkin!! Just click those links if you want to see more ideas about how to get creative with squash. But for now let’s refocus on my ole favorite, easy peasy acorn squash recipe.
Easy Baked Acorn Squash:
There are lots of other ways to stuff Acorn squash with various ingredients and fix it up for supper if you prefer. I’m happiest when it comes plain out of the oven.
The secret to excellent easy baked acorn squash is to turn the squash upside down on the baking sheet; so it’s slightly caramelized. It won’t be as sweet if you bake it right side up!
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. It’s perfect when a toothpick inserted through the skin goes in easily.
If you have never tried this delicacy I encourage you to cast an eye toward the squash section next time you’re at the farmer’s market; or a good organic produce aisle. Delicious and healthy and sweet enough to eat plain and still be happy. Easy Baked Acorn squash is a Fall treat for the whole family!
I thought about whipping up a foodie picture with wonderful toppings and great angles for you… but my daughter was scandalized! Acorn squash isn’t stylish at our house; it’s great, healthy home cooked food. She couldn’t fathom why I would try to make it better. It’s already perfect. I will say though, I think it would be great if the filling was whipped to a light fluffy mound …and the sweetener was maple syrup… and it happened to be running down a mountain of fresh whipped cream melting into the well of the baked acorn squash skin… maybe someday. Foodie dreams.