November 5, 2008

it just occurred to me...

...why they're called acorn squash. Sometimes I'm so oblivious, I astound myself.

(mmm...squash guts)

Duh, Grace. They resemble acorns. Get your head out of the fridge, woman!


But really, it's kind of a stretch, isn't it? Except for the whole pointy-end thing.


Oh well. I've been seeing glazed acorn squash all over the place, so I decided to bake up my own. It was a good decision.


I sliced 'em up, coated them in some cinnamon-infused maple syrup (guzzle-worthy on its own, obviously), and roasted them at 400 degrees for about an hour, flipping them halfway through. The result was a sweet, smooth, succulent, and satisfying dish, made even better with a little bottle of cinnamon syrup on the side. For drizzling, of course. Not guzzling.

50 comments:

Mike of Mike's Table said...

They're one of my favorite squash, especially with a light maple glaze (and of course cinnamon, lol!)

Lucy said...

A favorite around here too! A little maple & cinnamon, or brown sugar, butter & cinnamon either way soo good!

Albany Jane said...

I'm not a huge squash fan in general, but the first time I had it, it was slathered in butter and brown sugar.

As a good southern girl, I'm sure you know - if it's covered in butter and brown sugar, denial is impossible.

kat said...

Oh I've got an acorn squash & some cinnamon infused maple syrup...guess I know what I'm doing

Bellini Valli said...

I love the samde dish with ginger but cinnamon would be equally good:D

lisaiscooking said...

Delicious looking roasted squash!

Robin Sue said...

Growing up we enjoyed these at Thanksgiving! I need to eat these on days other than holidays. Why do I do that?

joanna said...

i've honestly never tried acorn squash. they do look just like acorns though haha i do love spaghetti squash though... and now that i think of it, the inside doesn't really look like spaghetti at all. it looks kind of like hair. haha

Maria said...

I love acorn squash, especially with cinnamon and maple. Yum!

Deborah said...

Perfect for fall!!

Sandie said...

Did you say cinnamon-infused maple syrup? Sounds great! Did you buy this, or make it yourself (the syrup, that is)?

Aleta said...

Never heard of acorn squash. I like the yellow squash, cooked down with sauted onions and a touch of cheese - oh yummy. The acorn squash ~ hmm, it's a little of a stretch, but I can see the resemblence!

RecipeGirl said...

Isn't it wonderful? I love it. Try sage and browned butter. TDF!

Peter M said...

would you feel all warm & fuzzy if they called them "banjo squash"? lol

I heart those squash rings of spicy goodness.

Pam said...

This looks tasty. I've never added maple syrup to my squash...will be trying it soon.

Susan said...

I roasted butternut squash just last night with a little honey, butter, and cinnamon and I absolutely loved it! It's a lot like sweet potato. While I've never had acorn squash, I imagine it to be similar. Of course, let's face it, nothing really compares to a sweet potato casserole with a sugared pecan topping!

Jacque said...

Welp! My mom would surely love to have a dish of your acorn squash. Me? they're exactly what had me sitting at the dinner table long after dinner was over, lol.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

I don't love acorn squash but maybe I haven't had the right one.

Lori said...

Great sauce idea! Sounds so good. It would make a stellar addition on any squash! I say that because I want to put it on my huge supply of butternut squash. HUGE.

OhioMom said...

Okay, now I am loving the cinnamon-maple glaze and will definitely be trying this with my next acorn squash.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I started having these now but the thought of cinnamon nope but otherwise I love this...

Jeanne said...

So how on earth do yo stop hourself frim guzzling the cinnamon maple syrup?! I love these squashes but agree they are not exactly dead ringers for acorns. Still, they are deilcious :)

Pam said...

I have a-ha moments like that all the time. And truthfully, I never even thought about the whole acorn thing, and why they are called acorn squash.

Heather said...

are you sure about the no guzzling? it sounds like such a good idea!!

Paula said...

I really like how you sliced them! Um, did it require guillotine strength or just a sharp knife? :-) Love your cinnamon syrup ... I'd have to restrain myself from slurping it up all on it's own. I think I'm going to try this for my kids. Perhaps if I let them dunk it in syrup they'll oblige! YUM!

Half Baked said...

I've been trying to use more than just butternut squash. Thanks for the inspiration to branch out:)

Lorraine E said...

I've never seen a squash like this in Australia, it looks very cute! Haha and of course I knew you'd find a good way to add cinnamon ;)

Marjie said...

Guzzle the cinnamon syrup! What's wrong with that anyway? A day without cinnamon is sad indeed...

Bunny said...

I've never made any kind of squash, I know my bad! But anything smothered in cinnamon , butter and maple syrup has to be good!

noble pig said...

You need to have your own monthly cinnamon blogging event. The only requirement...cinnamon was used in the ingredients!

Bridgett said...

This is a great way to get me to use these more. Especially with the guzzle-worthy syrup!

Sharon said...

Uh, count me as #2 who never put the acorn with the squash. Sometimes I'm slow.

Can we be cinnamon sisters? I'm not sure what that means but I think you're the only person I've met that loves cinnamon as much as me.

Vera said...

Yummy looking squash, Grace! I should cook it more often.

Dawn said...

haven't baked acorn squash yet, is it like butternut? I am a butternut freak.

Emiline said...

I love acorn squash! That looks like some good eatin'.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Yum!
I also like my acorn squash grilled with a little brush of brown sugar.

Rosie said...

I adore squash and what a delicious looking roasted squash!

Rosie x

Theresa said...

Acorn squash is my favorite. Yours looks terrific!

Heather said...

i left ya somethin on my blog today

foodhoe said...

yeah the shape does resemble an acorn with the pointy end and all. I just tried slicing and roasting a delicata squash the other day but sprinkled spicy stuff on it - it was surprisingly good. Now I want to try the sweet version like yours!

Sophie said...

I looove making my squashes sweet. LOL that sounds kinda funny. Anyway, I'm a huge HUGE cinnamon fan too, I always put cinnamon on anything squashy. Now maple syrup with cinnamon??? Sounds like something I've gotta try!!!

Tabitha Blue said...

Ohh, looks so good. And, um, I'm a little slow too, I never have really put the acorn and squash thing together before either.

Ok, I'm sitting in a hotel room and really want some homecooked food right about now!! Especially if it has cinnamon... one of my fav flavors!! :)

thekitchenandbeyond.blogspot.com said...

did you bake your seeds? i did mine from my pumpkins this year, with chili powder, just like we used to do in foxridge . . . sigh

LyB said...

"cinnamon-infused maple syrup"... Why have I never thought of that? :)

giz said...

Woo Hoo - I have one in my fridge and was just thinking about what to do with it. Cinnamon - now there's a huge surprise. Maple syrup - check - that would be amazing.

Ingrid said...

LOL! That's sounds good AND easy.

I want you to know anytime I read, hear, or see a recipe or photo that has cinnamon in it I think of you! You know what else? I think my children who I've been baking cooking for all 12 years really, really, really like desserts that include cinnamon more so than any other flavor. Weird, huh, that I just picked up on that.
~ingrid

Pamela said...

That squash sounds so good, especially with the syrup you used.

eatme_delicious said...

When I had my wisdom teeth taken out I roasted an acorn squash and mashed it all up for something to eat for those few days. At first it was delicious then it became too sweet and now I haven't been able to go back to them...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I want some cinnamon-infused maple syrup on my oatmeal right now! Thanks for the link. :)

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

That is a darn good point, they do look like acorns! Love the recipe, sounds like dessert to me!