So, for Friendsgiving, AKA Thanksgiving #1 of 2011, I made two things. One of them was a batch of Praline Spice Cookies, which I will post tomorrow.
The other was Maple Acorn Squash, which is a recipe that comes from my mom and my childhood.
As I’m sure you know, anything that tastes like your childhood tastes like comfort and memories — unless your mom was a bad cook, in which case, I’m sorry… but I can’t relate. My mom is an amazing cook.
I like to think I get that from her.
Anyway, this recipe, in theory, is incredible easy. In fact, it has very few ingredients and very few steps. The only thing I will say as a point against it is that some of the steps are fairly labor-intensive.
Those labor intensive steps are the ones in which you A) wear your arm out while trying to saw the damn squash in half and B) wear your arm out while scooping the hot squash out.
I want you to know how terribly difficult it was to not make a TWSS joke there. I’m still trying.
Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Maple Acorn Squash
makes enough for side dish servings for 10-15 people
- 4 acorn squash
- nonstick spray such as Olive Oil spray or Coconut Oil Spray
- 2 tbs butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup Pecan Pralines
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut each of the squash in half, Or, if you’re like me, have your roommate (or boyfriend, or man-friend, or, you know, brother) do it.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Scoop the seeds out of each acorn squash half.
Place acorn squash halves flesh side-down on baking sheets. Spray halves (skin-side) with nonstick spray.
Bake squash halves for one hour.
Take squash out of oven and scoop flesh out into a large bowl.
Add maple syrup and butter, then add salt to taste (start with a sprinkle and add until you feel satisfied).
Using an electric mixer, mix until thoroughly combined.
Sprinkle pecan pralines on top, arrange in a circle, mix in, or cover the top. (I kind of did all of the above. No big deal.)
That’s it! Enjoy. This is actually a really lovely and inexpensive dish to make for Thanksgiving!