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acorn squash

In ingredient on September 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

help wanted: acorn squash

acornsquash

this “winter squash with distinctive longitudinal ridges and sweet, yellow-orange flesh” is a “good source of dietary fiber and potassium.” (thanks, wiki!)

but i don’t know what to do with it!! it came in my green grocer box this week, and i’m stumped. it’s something my mother never EVER cooked (never mind let in the house…), so i need some help from you, dear reader.

email me or leave a comment (the wilder, the better. acorn squash ice cream, anyone? but keep in mind i only have ONE)  i’ll pick a suggestion, cook it up and blog about it. thank you!

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  1. my mom always used to roast them with brown sugar (as they do in this recipe: http://thehautekitchen.com/butter-and-brown-sugar-roasted-acorn-squash/). boring, I know … but then you get to scoop it right out of the shell and eat it. comfort food whut!

  2. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-acorn-squash-recipe/index.html

    My mom uses a recipe like this one, I think (though she only made it once or twice in my memory) — I was looking it over…I think she uses maple syrup, bourbons, and nilla wafers in hers. It’s very sweet – almost more dessertish than dinnerish. I think if you wanted to adapt this recipe you should look over the comments as there might be some good tips in there…..good luck!

  3. is yours one large?
    2 pound(s) acorn squash, about 1 large
    1 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine
    1/2 cup(s) apple juice
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

    Instructions
    Trim ends off unpeeled squash, cut in half, and remove and discard seeds and fibers. Slice each half into four 1/2-inch-thick slices.

    Melt margarine in a large nonstick skillet. Add apple juice and cinnamon; mix well. Add squash and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn squash slices over, cover and simmer until squash is tender, about 10 minutes more. Yields 2 pieces squash per serving. (Note: Do not eat skin.)

  4. That is not true. Acorn squash I did let in the house every once in awhile because YF liked it. Baked with maple syrup or brown sugar. Took forever–never fit into the 30 minute meal.
    Best to cancel that green grocer order. I can see it now, all fall; nothing but squash of all kinds. Good luck.

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