A Southern Grace: it just occurred to me...

November 5, 2008

it just occurred to me...

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...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

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

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

Anonymous 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?

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous 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:)

Anonymous 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!

Anonymous said...

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

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook 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.

vanillasugarblog said...

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

Emily 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

Anonymous 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!! :)

Anonymous 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_3Bs 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!