Squash With Three Toppings

You can also make toppings with spices (cinnamon or cayenne pepper), sweeteners (maple syrup or honey), or cheese (Gruyere or goat cheese).

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  • Servings: 4
Squash With Three Toppings

Source: Everyday Food, October 2005


For Topping One

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For Topping Two

  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Ground pepper

For Topping Three

  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 2 acorn squash (about 2 pounds each), Choose one of the three toppings, above; each makes enough for 4 halves.

  2. Brush cut sides of squash halves with 2 tablespoons melted butter (or oil, depending on topping); season generously with coarse salt and ground pepper.

  3. Place halves, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until almost tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 30 minutes.

  4. Turn halves cut side up; dividing evenly, sprinkle with topping. Return to oven; continue baking until tender and browned, about 15 minutes more.


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