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Video:Baked Acorn Squash

with Rachel Edelman

Acorn squash is a delicious and filling low calorie vegetable. Learn how to choose, cut, and bake acorn squash.See Transcript

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Transcript:Baked Acorn Squash

Hi, I m Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to choose, prepare and bake acorn squash.

Baked Acorn Squash Ingredients

You will need:
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tablspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • a dash of salt

Choosing and Storing Acorn Squash

First wash the squash. Chose an acorn squash that has a deep-colored rind without any blemishes or mold. The squash should feel heavy for its size. Keep uncut squash in a cool, dark place.

Cutting and Cooking Acorn Squash

With a sharp knife, cut the squash in half. The rind is very thick, so expect resistance and be careful with the knife. Turn the squash and cut all the way around. With a spoon or an ice cream scoop, remove the seeds. Acorn squash can be baked, steamed, or simmered. Today we are going to bake the squash.

Bake the Acorn Squash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a small knife, make small cuts on the inside of each half of the squash. Place the squash in a baking pan, with the cut side facing up. Next, add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan. This will help prevent the skin from burning and the flesh from drying out.

Season the Squash

Next we season the squash. I'm going to use 2 tsp of maple syrup, 1 tbsp of butter, and 2 tsp of brown sugar to sweeten the squash. With a fork, pick up half tbsp of butter and press it along the inside of the squash. Next add a tbsp of brown sugar and spread it all along the inside of the half. Do this for both halves. Then take the maple syrup and pour it over both of the pieces.

Bake Again

Put the pan in the oven and bake for about an hour until the squash is very soft. Carefully remove the squash from oven. Pour the syrup from inside the squash over the sides. Let them slightly cool before serving.

You can eat it right out of the shell, or spoon it out into a bowl and serve. Mash the squash with a fork and enjoy.

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