September 19th, 2014

Acorn Squash

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Acorn squash is a winter squash named for it’s lovely shape.  Acorn squash is typically dark green, or a combination of dark green, yellow, and orange.  Acorn squash are sweet, and baked acorn squash is a simple side dish.  Many people like to pair acorn squash with a drizzle of maple syrup and butter to bring out the sweetness, or stuff them with grains for a savory preparation.  Acorn squash store well, and are a good source of vitamins and minerals including beta carotene.


Storage

Store squash in a cool, dry place like a basement or cellar for months.  In the refrigerator or on the counter use within a week or two.


Preparation

Wash and pat dry.  Using a very sharp, large knife, chop in half from stem to point.  Scoop out seeds and bake skin side down at 350F, when squash is soft, turn over, and a pat of butter and drizzle of maple syrup.   To peel, set the squash on it’s side and use a sharp knife to create a flat bottom.  Set the squash on the flat side and use a paring knife or sturdy vegetable peeler to slice of the skin.  Chop the peeled squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Slice or dice according to your recipe.


Recipes

Acorn Squash Rings with Kale Quinoa Pilaf

Breaded Lemon Coriander Squash with Marinara

Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Farro Salad

Apple & Acorn Squash Pureé

Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

How to Prep Any Winter Squash

How to Make Stuffed Squash Without a Recipe

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