It's almost Thanksgiving and I'm busy in the kitchen baking pies for my family and friends. For Dad, I'm baking his favorite pie with a twist: Maple Pecan Pie (adapted slightly from Closet Cooking). I'll post about it once I hear back from him how he likes it. The other pie is actually a first for me. I've never made a cream-type pie before but German Chocolate Pie was requested from me, so it'll be an adventure. I'll be posting about both pies next week once Thanksgiving is over.
Today, I'd like to tell you about one of my absolute favorite vegetables and one that will be featured at my Thanksgiving table: acorn squash.
Right now is the time to try this great, buttery squash as acorn squash and its close cousins are popping up on sale everywhere. I recently picked up a few green acorn squash for the incredibly cheap price of 48c each! Considering one squash makes enough for four, this is only 12c per person of squash. They also seem to keep for a long time in a cool, dry place, so I stocked up. It's possible to freeze them raw, but I've found they don't last very long before the texture begins to change - about two weeks or so. It's better to keep the squash whole in the pantry or root cellar.
My favorite way to have it is also one of my laziest recipes because it's fast, easy and one of the very few dishes I make using the microwave. Oh, I could easily roast the squash and it would be divine but often we don't decide on dinner until the last minute. With this method, my husband will often peel the squash while I cook and the squash will be ready when we are. Acorn squash is too hard to peel with a vegetable peeler, so you need to be able and comfortable peeling with a paring knife. Trust me, it doesn't take long to become proficient!
Maple-Honey Acorn Squash [printable recipe]
- about 1/2 of 1 medium acorn squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
- salt and pepper
Mix together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and heat on high for 5 - 7 minutes until tender.