Today is the second day of the month and you can definitely tell its Fall in Seattle. Leaves in hues of red, yellow, orange, green, and purple blanket the streets and sidewalks like a patchwork quilt straight from heaven. The cold crisp air is a beautiful reminder Fall has arrived and all of its glory.
So yesterday I couldn’t help myself but prepare an acorn squash with its own brown sugar butter sauce. What I like about this recipe is how simple it is. All though it is slightly sweet, the sugar doesn’t over power the squash but just adds enough sweetness to make it so good. Preparing it in the microwave and broiler also cuts down on cooking time compared to the traditional method of baking it in the oven. May you be filled with the bounty of the season and this recipe for acorn squash. Enjoy!
Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar Butter Sauce Recipe
1 acorn squash, cut in half with seeds removed
1/2 cup water
a couple pinches of salt
a couple pinches of nutmeg
a couple pinches of cinnamon
2 – 1 Tablespoon pats of butter
4-6 Tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven on HIGH-Broiler. Pour water in a microwavable casserole dish large enough to accommodate the squash. Place the acorn squash flesh side down in the dish and microwave for 15 minutes. Remove from microwave carefully because the dish will be hot. Remove the acorn squash and transfer to a baking sheet with the flesh side facing up. Place a small pat of butter in each half and rub the entire flesh sided surface. Any remaining butter should be left in the middle of the squash. Sprinkle the squash with salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finally sprinkle between 2-3 Tablespoons of brown sugar around the rim of the squash and allow the remaining sugar to join the butter in the center (This will be your brown sugar sauce). Broil on high heat for 5 minutes. You should seem some the rim of the squash with caramelization. If not, broil for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!
**Note: This recipe is not overly sweet or spicy. The sugar and spices merely enhance the wonderful natural flavor of the squash. If you prefer a more sweet and spicy acorn squash just add more according to your liking.