Oven Roasted Acorn Squash
Move over butternut squash! Acorn squash is here to stay!
I tried acorn squash for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I was hooked. It is sweet, and buttery, and just so delicious! It’s been on my mind since that first time I tried it, so naturally, my newest recipe had to be acorn squash!
But first, an update. You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted in awhile. Life got CRAZY! Between working my [several] jobs, finishing my masters paper, getting a new puppy, and graduating, there’s just been no time! By the way, I got a puppy! His name is Oliver and he’s a F1 standard goldendoodle. I just love him to pieces.
And I finally graduated! I now have a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from UNC – Chapel Hill! So I get to put MPH behind my name. Which is pretty cool. But what is even cooler is that I am finally eligible to sit for the RD exam! So I am soon to be a registered dietitian! I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Now back to the squash.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a pan, cook 5-6 slices of bacon until crispy, set aside. Reserve the drippings. Then, cut your squash in half, remove the seeds, and slice.
Toss the slices in a delicious concoction made of maple syrup, bacon drippings, and olive oil. Then sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake for about 15 minutes. While that is baking, chop up your bacon.
Give a piece to the dogs, if you desire. Bailey has been drooling since he smelled the bacon. Oliver is still clueless as to what bacon is.
Flip the squash slices and sprinkle with bacon. Continue to bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
This is a great side dish for any meal! I, however, am adding it to my kale salad.
Toss kale, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and chopped pecans in a maple vinaigrette. Plate up the salad, and then top with acorn squash slices. Make sure to get some bacon on there! Enjoy!
Maple Bacon Acorn Squash
1 medium acorn squash
4-5 slices of bacon; reserve 1 Tbsp drippings
1 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a pan, cook bacon until crispy. Set aside.
- Cut acorn squash in half, remove seeds, and slice crosswise. Spread squash slices on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine bacon drippings, olive oil, and maple syrup. Drizzle over squash, then toss squash to coat. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
- Bake squash for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the bacon.
- Turn squash slices over, then sprinkle with bacon. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes, until golden. Serve warm!
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, and vinegar. Add salt and a dash of cayenne pepper to taste.