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 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. This recipe came from them. One of my favorite recipes ever!
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.
I took this recipe with me! It’s a great Fall Recipe:
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. According to this SF GATE Article acorn squash is loaded with many different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Look it up for the details. Any way you make it, squash is good for you!
We have grown and loved several types of 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.
Why should be bake (or roast) acorn squash rather than steam it?
- Squash releases nutrients into the cooking water so this method of cooking is best for recipes that retain that liquid. Like soups.
- Baking acorns squash halves on a baking sheet is about the easiest method of cooking them. They come out tender and ready to mash up with a fork right in the skins like a boat. Add your favorite toppings or eat them plain. So good!
Easy Baked Acorn Squash Recipe:
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.
PRO TIP: 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!
- Acorn squash
- Brown sugar
- Cut the squash in half and place face down on ungreased baking sheet
- Bake for 45 minutes
- Remove from oven and serve
- Garnish with 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Once baked upside down the sweetness will concentrate in the squash. Additions of butter and brown sugar are not necessary. This is quite enjoyable as a low carb side without embellishments.
- Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet (2 Pack), Silver
- Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8" x 16-1/2"
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Serving Size:half squash
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 77 Total Fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 0g