I love trying new foods. There are still a ton of things I haven’t tried and I’m trying to get around to experiencing them all… at least all the fruits and vegetables I can find. Recently I discovered a new to me squash: Acorn Squash.
What Is Acorn Squash?
Here are some interesting facts about this awesome winter squash from Wikipedia:
- Acorn squash, also called pepper squash or Des Moines squash, is a winter squash with distinctive longitudinal ridges and sweet, yellow-orange flesh.
- Acorn squash is good and hardy to save throughout the winter in storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location such as a cold cellar.
- Acorn squash is most commonly baked, but can also be microwaved, sauteed or steamed. It may be stuffed with rice, meat or vegetable mixtures.
- Acorn Squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, as well as smaller amounts of vitamins C and B, magnesium, and manganese.
New To Me Food: Acorn Squash
A few weeks ago I tried acorn squash for the first time.
Let me tell you how I introduce myself to new foods. I don’t do it the healthiest possible way. Usually when I’m first trying a new food, especially a vegetable, I eat it prepared in a way that I know will taste good even if it’s not very healthy. Usually this means either frying the vegetable or mixing it into something else or pouring sugar on it. I go with whatever recipe or technique that has the most positive reviews online and sounds like something I would like to eat.
I make sure the first time I eat the vegetable I truly enjoy it so it doesn’t automatically land in the Mary-won’t-eat-it-cause-she-is-picky category. This works well for me and I always end up eating the vegetable later in a healthier prepared fashion. Or in the same way, if it was really good.
With acorn squash I went the sweet route and chose a classic acorn squash recipe with brown sugar.
I found a highly loved recipe online and decided to bake the squash and use butter and brown sugar to finish it off.
Best decision ever regarding squash.
This was soooo good and such a wonderful introduction to acorn squash. Squash prepared with butter and brown sugar is always delicious. In the grand scheme of things you aren’t using much butter or sugar either but it adds a little something amazing.
Classic Baked Acorn Squash Recipe
Here’s the basic recipe for making yummy acorn squash.
Baked Acorn Squash Ingredients:
- 1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Baked Acorn Squash Directions:
- Cut the squash in half.
- Bake at 350 upside down for 30 minutes.
- Take squash out, turn over add butter and brown sugar to both halves.
- Place one half on the other and bake again for 30 minutes.
- Done. Enjoy your baked acorn squash!
Easy, right? I’m ready now to try more squash recipes, so if you have any please let me know!
I love squash! Don’t you?