Acorn Squash Dish Saving Trick

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 12, 2010

So here’s a trick that I accidentally happened to do the other night…and I’ll never do it the old way again!  Mainly because it saves you the trouble of dirtying and washing a serving dish. (Well, unless I was serving this to guests…then I would put it into a serving dish.)

But for regular old family dinners, this will work…

Steam-bake the acorn squash by cutting it in half. (at this point you can scoop out the seeds and save them to roast them, or you can bake the seeds with the squash, as I did, and then roast them. either way works.)  Place the squash halves cut side down into a glass baking dish with about 1 cup of water.  Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 for an hour.

Let cool slightly before handling…these babies are HOT!

Flip the halves over and scoop out the seeds. (Seed roasting instructions.)  Add a dollop of butter.

Add a dollop of brown sugar…well, a teaspoon-Tablespoon worth anyways. (Can you have a dollop of brown sugar?!  Or does that only work for butter, sour cream, etc.)

Take your spoon and start to scoop the flesh out and mix together the butter and brown sugar within the squash shell.  Scrape out as much of the flesh as you can.  Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves for some extra flavah.

Continue until its all mixed up and ready to serve.

Leave behind the empty shell.  Toss it into your compost, if you have one!

We devoured this. Devoured. (Kids couldn’t get enough!)

And if you prefer to sweeten without using sugar, try maple syrup, honey or agave!

Hope you enjoy this little dish saving trick!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Gosfam October 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I just got an acorn squash and was debating on how to fix it–this will be perfect, THANK YOU!!

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MH in OH October 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Do you have a post on how to roast the seeds?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm
jan October 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I add a bit of pumpkin pie spice (or typical to pie).

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Paula October 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I love acorn squash! I do mine similar to yours, using brown sugar or maple syrup but sometimes I add raisins, dried cranberries, or small dices of apple if I have them, yum!

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