I’m having a hard time categorizing this recipe. Is acorn squash still considered a side dish if it is sweet and buttery? Is it a veggie or a fruit? Or should we be honest about things and call it dessert? Roasted acorn squash was a such a treat when I was a kid, like you were breaking the rules eating a side dish filled with butter and brown sugar. Totally badass. And now that acorn squashes are back in season, it is time to get roasting. But I’m a bit (just a bit!) more mature now and actually want to taste the squash instead of just butter and sugar. So while this barely counts as a recipe, this is how I make Acorn Squash with Maple Ghee.
The ghee in this recipe was a random discovery. I have a jar in my fridge that doesn’t get much use and I thought it would be interesting to try with my standard roasted acorn squash. And it was a success! Ghee is like butter concentrate and roasting it just makes it nuttier. Add in the maple syrup and you have a the perfect acorn squash topping. It is a lot easier to mix them together when the ghee is at room temperature, but I usually forget. You can warm it up by putting the jar in a glass of warm water for a few minutes.
Ok, so this recipe does contain a decent amount of butter and sugar. But this version is a bit more intense. And you can always scale back the amounts of maple syrup and ghee. But how many times are you going to make acorn squash this year? Enjoy it!
Cooking times for this vary dramatically based on the size of your acorn squash. The ones I get at the farmer’s market are huge and take about 45 minutes to roast. I have also used smaller versions from Trader Joe’s that take a lot less time – about 30 minutes. I don’t think it is possible to over-cook an acorn squash, so allow plenty of time.
|Acorn Squash with Maple Ghee|| |
- 2 acorn squash
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup (more if you like it sweet!)
- 2 teaspoons ghee
- Salt to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350°
- Slice each acorn squash in half and scoop out the gooey seeds
- Place on a lined cookie sheet, cut side up
- Mix together maple syrup and ghee
- Divide maple ghee mixture and place it in the middle of each piece
- Sprinkle with salt
- Bake until soft, about 30-60 minutes, or until soft
- Serve hot