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2005: And so continues the exploration of how to realiably, consistently, cook acorn squash. It should NOT be this hard! On Day 212, I roasted acorn squash, face-up, for an hour at 400F -- and another half hour was needed before they were ready. (Dontcha just love eating one course at a time?) So today I roasted acorn squash, face-down, for an hour at 400F -- and the flesh was perfectly ready to eat and quite delicious. The rim, however, had passed from caramelized into charred and certainly wasn't edible. Is there no definitive way to consistently successfully bake an acorn squash? It shouldn't be this hard! I'm not done yet. (Good thing squash are cheap, now!) But if anyone's got tips -- chime in!
2012 Update: During A Veggie Venture's first year of exploration, I tried one way after another to roast winter squash. And the tips did come in -- and over time, so much more experience with roasting the sweet winter squashes. I have updated the recipe to show HOW to roast a winter squash face down versus the technique used in 2005.
RECIPE for ACORN SQUASH ROASTED FACE DOWN
Time to table: 40 - 55 minutes
1 acorn squash, washed well
Salt & pepper
2012 Technique RECOMMENDED: Preheat oven to 350F. Cut squash in half cross-wise and remove seeds and inner gunk (a grapefruit spoon is so handy for this, otherwise use a fork). Rub a little oil on the cut edges of the squash and arrange face down on a baking sheet. (A silicone mat works beautifully for easy cleanup.) Bake for 30 - 45 minutes until squash is down and the cut edges slightly caramelized. Remove and season with salt and pepper.
2005 Technique NOT Recommended: Preheat oven to 400F. Cut squash in half cross-wise and remove seeds and inner gunk. (Next time I might brush a TINY bit of oil on the baking sheet.) Bake face down for 60 minutes (next time I'll check at 45). Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!
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MORE FAVORITE WINTER SQUASH RECIPES
~ My Favorite Winter Squash Recipes ~
~ Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine ~
~ Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Chard & Cheddar ~
~ Steamed Butternut Squash ~
~ Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Glaze ~
~ more winter squash recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture
~ Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ~
~ Chicken & Wild Rice Soup ~
~ Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries ~
~ more winter squash ~
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