I love going to the Goshen Market in Edwardsville during the summer and I am always so bummed when winter starts up because the market goes away! But a few weeks back, Goshen Market had a pop-up and there were some fab winter vegetables! I picked up this acorn squash from a super nice local farmer. He sold me on how easy it was to cook. Now I’ve been buying them like crazy at the store! I’ve recently bought some butternut squash, too, and I cook it the same way.
Never had acorn squash before? Here’s what you’ve been missing out on, according to organicfacts.net:
- boosts immune system
- prevents certain cancers
- improves vision and skin
- strengthens bones
- regulates blood sugar and cholesterol
- improves digestion
- maintains proper circulation
- tons of vitamins and minerals
So it’s basically AMAZING!
Here’s how I cooked it! Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 35-45 minutes
What you’ll need:
- Baking pan
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 acorn squash
- olive oil
- pink salt
- black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse off the acorn squash.
- Slice the squash in half so that you can lay it flush (or almost flush) with the baking pan, skin side up. I cut each half in half again. So 4 pieces total. Cut off the top and the bottom ends. It’s super difficult to cut! You’ll need a serious knife.
- Scoop out the seeds.
5. Brush some olive oil onto the squash. Sprinkle pink salt and black pepper. Use however much you want!
6. Pour water onto the baking pan. You need water to get the squash cooking. You don’t need to completely cover the baking pan, just enough to get the squash to start sizzling!
7. Place the squash face down (skin side up) on the baking pan.
8. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. Do a taste test if you aren’t sure if it’s done. It should have a consistency similar to a sweet potato!
I eat it right out of the skin with a fork! Dice it up if you are sharing it with others. If it gets mushy when you cut it, put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes or so to get it a little bit more crispy! You may need to toss some more olive oil on it. Then serve!
If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, add a little brown sugar or even some balsamic! Experiment with flavors!