How To Make Baked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar
Whip up a quick and flavorful addition to the Thanksgiving table with this baked acorn squash rubbed with butter and maple. Ready to bake in 10 minutes!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Microwave the squash for 1 minute each, to make it easier to cut. Stabilize the squash on a cutting board, stem end down if the stem is short enough, otherwise on the side.
Using a sharp, sturdy chef’s knife, carefully cut the acorn squash in half, from tip to stem. If on its side, the squash can rock back and forth, so take care while cutting it.
Use a sturdy metal spoon to scrape out the seeds and stringy bits inside each squash half until the inside is smooth.
Take a sharp paring knife and score the insides of the acorn squash halves in a cross-hatch pattern about ½-inch deep cuts.
Place the squash halves cut side up in a roasting pan. Pour ¼-inch of water over the bottom of the pan so that the squash doesn’t burn or get dried out in the oven.
Rub ½ tablespoon of butter into the insides of each half. Sprinkle with a little salt if using unsalted butter. Crumble 1 tablespoon of brown sugar into the center of each half and drizzle with a teaspoon of maple syrup.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour to an hour 15 minutes until the tops of the squash halves are nicely browned and the squash flesh is very soft and cooked through. It’s hard to overcook squash, it just gets better with more caramelization. But don’t undercook it.
Remove from oven, spoon brown sugar butter sauce over squash: When done, remove the squash halves from the oven and let them cool for a bit before serving.
Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.
- Calories: 94.30kcal
- Fat: 2.99g
- Saturated Fat: 1.85g
- Trans Fat: 0.12g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 0.75g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.15g
- Carbohydrates: 17.87g
- Fiber: 1.62g
- Sugar: 6.38g
- Protein: 0.90g
- Cholesterol: 7.63mg
- Sodium: 160.32mg
- Calcium: 43.61mg
- Potassium: 387.76mg
- Iron: 0.79mg
- Vitamin A: 43.68µg
- Vitamin C: 11.85mg
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