Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes Swap/Share - Baked Acorn Squash

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the world over scrambling for recipes, ideas, short cuts, and what not I figured I would post a few recipes of my own.  I know this recipe is ALL over the Internet but how many of us have actually tried it?  Most people walk through the supermarket, see those lovely gourds stacked high in their crates and keep on walking.  They pay them no never mind and why is that, because they are too hard to cut into.  Well if you own a good sharp kitchen or chefs knife and a wooden mallet I can assure you these are not hard to cut into at all.  And what's this?  I have included videos from the Internets to show you how easy a gourd is to cut!

This video is about making butternut squash soup but the tips for how to slice your squash are still the same.  Just follow Alton Brown's easy and super simple steps. :)  There is also a longer Alton Brown video detailing squash and gourds here.  If you don't know who Alton Brown is imagine if you will that Julia Child and Mr. Wizard had a baby and the result was Alton Brown.  Half kid friendly scientific genius, half lovable kitchen maven.

Baked Acorn SquashIngredients
Acorn Squash
Butter
Brown Sugar, light or dark

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.  Cut a small sliver off each side of the Acorn Squash to ensure your halves will sit flat on the baking sheet.  Cut your Acorn Squash in half using a good sharp chefs knife and a wooden mallet.  Arrange halves on baking sheet.  Liberally butter each half of the Acorn Squash, you can either use melted butter or just arrange pats of butter on the squash, your choice.  Next liberally sprinkle with brown sugar, again light or dark your choice.  Slide baking sheet into oven and bake for 1 hour.  The edges will brown slightly and the squash will be fork tender. 

Do not under cook or try to speed the process by a higher oven temp. Good squash takes some time and is well worth the wait.  If you prep ahead of time your squash can go in with the Turkey 30 min before the bird is done and can finish cooking while your bird is on the counter resting for 30 min.  Did you know your bird is supposed to rest for 30 min before slicing into?  It's so the juices don't run out and make the meat all dry.

Do you have any cool Thanksgiving recipes that are quick and simple to share?
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