Acorn Squash with Three Toppings

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
4

The delicate, sweet taste of baked acorn squash pairs well with a variety of toppings.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole acorn squash (about 2 pounds each)

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Brown Sugar Topping

  • cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Breadcrumb Topping

  • ¼ cup plain dried breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Parmesan Topping

  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Halve each squash lengthwise. Scoop out and discard seeds. Choose one of the three toppings, above; each makes enough for 4 halves. Brush cut sides of squash halves with 2 tablespoons melted butter (or oil, depending on topping); season generously with salt and 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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Cook's Notes

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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