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Acorn Squash Recipes: How to Cook Acorn Squash

About Acorn Squash:

Acorn squash is given its name because of its undeniable similarities with an Acorn when grown fully. However, Acorn squash is a winter squash with an almost pumpkin or Acorn like exterior which is most commonly green in color, nonetheless, the colors may vary from golden yellow to white. The inner portion of the acorn squash usually is orange or yellow. Acorn squash is also otherwise known as pepper squash or Des Moines squash. And in the scientific terms known as Cucurbita pepo.

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It has a very sweet and mellow-like taste to it which serves as a great combination with food varieties such as bacon, meat, rice, cheese, garlic, nutmeg, cranberries, maple syrup and more.

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How to Cook Acorn Squash:

Cooking Acorn Squash may seem like a hideous and strenuous job. However, it’s not at all what it looks like. It is easier than you would have imagined. Trust me on that!

A basic Acorn Squash is the easiest to make. And if you’d like to add some stuffed variety to it, then voila! Go for it! I’m sure it’s not gonna be that tough (at least not the acorn squash part). And even though it is, the final output will surely be worth the hard work.

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Coming to the point, baking an Acorn squash is easy peasy. Do what you like with it best, if you want it sweet, then make it the gentle way or if you like it savory, then go ahead and make it the savory way and if you like it all spicy, just like I do, then you may opt for making it the tasty way. The drill is simple, and the same for all types, all that’s changing is the spices.

Acorn Squash Recipes:

Here’s a list of everything you need to make a very basic Acorn Squash:

For a sweet Acorn Squash:

  • One acorn squash
  • A tablespoon of butter
  • A tablespoon of brown sugar

For a savory Acorn Squash:

  • One acorn squash
  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

For a spicy Acorn Squash:

  • One acorn squash
  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chaat masala or chili powder to taste (or any of your favorite spices)

Now, how to go about it? That’s a simple procedure to follow;

Here’s how:

  1. Begin with washing your acorn squash nice and clean.
  2. Next, slice it up into two halves. Now I know, running a knife over its hard surface is not a very easy task, but don’t you worry! I have for you an easy way out:
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  • You could either heat the acorn for about 4-5 minutes in the microwave, this will help in making it softer and easier to cut through.
  • Or you could heat your knife. Instead, a heated knife does as much for a smooth cut.

Although, you don’t have to cut all the way to the stem as it’ll split as soon as the knife reaches the end after cutting all over the acorn squash.

  1. Now, get a spoon to clear out all the seeds, so you have your clear-cut two bowl-like halves of acorn squash.
  2. Now to my favorite part, rub your preferred mix over the acorn squash using a brush or your hand.
  • Savory– rub olive oil and dust some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sweet– rub some butter and throw the brown sugar over it.
  • Spicy– rub olive oil and dust some salt and chaat masala (or chilli powder or garam masala or any of your favorite masala) to taste.
  1. Pre-heat your oven at about 375 – degree Fahrenheit.
  2. For the finale, put your acorn squash in the oven and leave them in for about 40 minutes to 1 hour so long as its flesh softens and the skin gets well roasted. Use a fork to check the density of the flesh.
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  4. Lastly, serve hot or cold at your preference.

In case, you’ve got leftovers; you can always refrigerate it for a maximum of 5 days.

Stuffed Acorn Squash:

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Now if you’re not very satisfied with only the basic acorn squash and wish to level it up just a little to enjoy it better, stuffing them is the best go-to. To add more taste, you may stuff them with whatever you prefer, be it yogurt or mac n cheese or mushrooms or cranberries or any berries for that matter. Some more ideas of fillings to stuff in an acorn squash are-

  • Cheese and bacon
  • Caramalised apples
  • Chard and feta
  • Spinach and artichoke
  • Wild rice, sausage, and cranberries
  • Goat cheese and cranberries
  • Butter pecans and maple
  • Brown rice and black beans
  • Ground beef or any other meat and rice
  • Lasagne

Apart from the primary and Stuffed acorn squash, different options of savoring acorn squash would be in the form of a delicious acorn squash soup with turmeric or roasted apple and acorn squash soup or acorn squash cookies or roasted acorn squash or acorn squash gnocchi and more.

Nutritional Value of the Acorn Squash:

Regarding nutrition content, acorn squash is yet another source of abundant dietary gain. It consists of more nutrients than any of the other summer squashes which include zucchini, Crookneck squash and more. Acorn squash is known to contain low quantities of saturated fat content, cholesterol, and sodium while simultaneously being a rich source of dietary fiber. Furthermore, it is a rich source of various vitamins including- Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic acid, and thiamine. Also, it is also rich in a variety of minerals inclusive of- potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorous and calcium.

The calorie content of 140 g of acorn squash is rounded to about 56 calories, and can hence be categorized and enjoyed as a healthy diet.

Health Benefits of the Acorn Squash:

Besides all of the nutritional benefits given above, acorn squash further aids in many health issues. The health benefits of acorn squash are-

  1. Immunity booster
  2. Improved vision
  3. Maintains skin health
  4. Maintains diabetes and cholesterol
  5. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes and heart attacks
  6. Regulates blood pressure
  7. Supports bone health
  8. Prevents cancer
  9. Reduces the risk of osteoporosis

 

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