Maple Acorn Squash is an amazingly simple side dish as the weather drives us inside away from grilled to roasting and braising. This mild winter squash doesn’t just taste good, it provides Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, folate (folic acid), and is good source of fiber. Before winter gives way to spring, make sure you adorn your dinner plates with this mild winter squash before the season ends.
Maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg bring out the natural goodness in acorn squash like nothing else. Because this is a slightly sweet, a second more savory side dish brings balance. In the photo below you can see I was a little more heavy-handed with the cinnamon when served with Grilled Tri-Tip Roast and steamed green beans.
Maple Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 4 teaspoons butter
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
- Heat oven to 350°. Cut acorn squash in half from pole to pole; remove seeds and fibrous pulp. Pierce the inside of the squash with a fork several times.
- Place squash cut side up on a rimmed plate or baking dish. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of water in the bottom of the dish, which will create steam when cooking. Microwave for 6-7 minutes on high, or until the squash is easily pierced with a fork.
- Remove from the microwave and place 2 teaspoons of butter in the cavity of each squash and drizzle 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into the cavity and on the edges of the squash.
- Add a couple drops of vanilla, sprinkle with cinnamon as desired, and add a dash of nutmeg to each squash.
- Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes to melt butter and meld flavors. Serve immediately.
Oven only method:
- If you choose not to use a microwave or do not have one, instead, place the squash face down in the baking dish in a 350° oven for 50-60 minutes or until fork tender.
- Proceed with the remainder of the recipe. Note: I prefer this method when I am already using the oven for an extended period of time for another part of the meal.
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