November 3, 2013

Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze

Tender baked acorn squash with a pure maple syrup glaze make for one of my all-time favorite fall side dishes.  Its simple deliciousness will make you smile. 

One of my all-time favorite flavors is maple.  Since I grew up in Vermont, that probably comes as no surprise.  I mean, Vermont is, like, practically the maple syrup capital of the world, after all.  And one of my {many} favorite ways to enjoy maple is as a yummilicious glaze on acorn squash.
My Mom made this Baked Acorn Squash all the time when I was growing up.  The squash rings bake up so tender, with the simple maple glaze giving such a wonderful flavor ... sweet, but not too sweet.

And the color is pretty too.  Don't you just love pretty food?  That bright yellow-orange just makes me smile.  {Oh, but not quite as much as I smile when I get a bite of this yumminess.}


Now, to bake up this beautiful yumminess, simply wash an acorn squash or two and cut them in half horizontally ... that's this way:


... like this:


Scoop out the seeds ...


... and then cut the squash into pretty little rings.


The rings should be about 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick.


Place the rings in a baking dish in as close to a single layer as you can get.  It's okay if they overlap some ... sometimes I use two baking dishes, depending on how big my squash are.

Once the squash rings are all nestled in, pour in some boiling water.  And then bake up the squash rings with the water in the pan.


After a while baking ... when the squash rings have begun to get tender ... remove the pan from the oven and pour off the water.  {Be careful!}

Then pour in the maple glaze mixture.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm.  Oh yeah, that's the good stuff.


Then bake again to get the yummy maple flavor all good and happy with the squash.

And now you're ready to dig in to deliciousness!  Beautiful deliciousness.



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Yup, and now dig in to some pretty-and-tasty Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze.  I bet you can't help but smile at the yumminess!


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Baked Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze
Source:  My Mom



Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized acorn squash
  • 2/3 c. pure maple syrup
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Directions
  1. Scrub the outside of the squash clean. Cut in half horizontally; remove seeds and stringy fibers. Slice each half into rings about 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. Arrange rings in a single layer (they can overlap a some) in a baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray. Pour boiling water into the bottom of the pan until it reaches a depth of about 1/4-inch. Bake squash at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  2. While squash is baking, combine maple syrup, melted butter, and salt.
  3. At the end of the 30 minute baking time, remove pan from the oven and pour out the water (be careful!), leaving the squash rings in the pan. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the drained squash rings. Bake an additional 20-30 minutes until the squash is tender, basting occasionally with the maple glaze.

9 comments:

  1. Yum! It looks so beautiful. Great ideas to use maple syrup. We just stocked up on maple syrup. We had relatives visiting from Canada and we had them bring some down south.

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  2. Looks Yummy! I have been trying to find a way to use my acorn squash I get from my CSA. I will have to try this!

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  3. My mom always made maple acorn squash too, but I LOVE the rings! So much easier to cook and eat!

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  4. wow, i'm sure that's delicious, but it's also seriously pretty!

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  5. how do I make the maple glaze? Is it just maple syrup from a jar or do you water it down? Love to make this for thanksgiving

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    1. The maple glaze is a combination of maple syrup and melted butter ... you pour it over the squash part way through the baking time.
      Enjoy!

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  6. Yummy! This squash looks and sounds so good. The maple glaze and butter...OM Goodness! Thanks so much for this great recipe, I have featured it in my Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up over at Krafty Cards etc. http://kraftycardsetc.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-recipes-link.html

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  7. I have ALWAYS wondered how to serve these yummy squash! THANK YOU for a great recipe Tracey!

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    1. You are very welcome, Anna! It's one of our family favorites, indeed. Enjoy!

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