Let me apologize in advance for the weird coloring in the photo. Cell phone shot because I was really hungry and well, hm, this is the coloring I got.
You know those green somewhere between a grapefruit and large cantaloupe sized squashes that you see at the grocery store? Have you ever tried them? Oh gosh, they’re awesome! It’s a little sweet, a little buttery, on it’s own it’s fantastic, but I like to spice is up a bit.
Yes this is one of those dishes that tastes so much better than it looks.
Yes, this is really as easy as I make it seem.
Yes, I’m pretty sure you’ll thank me.
Here’s what you need:
- Acorn squash
- Big sharp knife
- Olive oil or olive oil spray
- Spice of your choice (I used Stubb’s Rosemary Ginger Rub which may or may not be available any more and if it’s not, I’ll be really sad.)
- Baking sheet
Here’s what you do:
- Preheat oven to 400*F
- Wash outside of squash, cut in half, and de-seed. This is likely the hardest part of this whole process. (You can put the guts to the side and later clean and roast them like pumpkin seeds if you’d like.
- Line baking sheet with foil and spray both the sheet and the squash with olive oil spray.
- Sprinkle some spices right in the squash. Go ahead, just a little more, some will fall out.
- Put the squash, open side down on the foil.
- Carefully! poke holes in the squash skin to let steam out.
- Put in the oven and bake. This takes about half an hour for a smallish one and longer for bigger ones. It’s done when you can smell it and you can poke a fork in it. (If you can’t smell it, it’s ok. the fork poking is key though.)
- Let cool until you can handle it, scoop out from skin or slice into sections.
- Add a little butter and extra spices if you’d like. I don’t generally, but you can.
There are MANY other ways to make this, maple syrup and butter, brown sugar and butter, garlic, whatever spice you have on hand and your heart desires.
Questions? Comments? Something you’d like me to make and post?
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