It’s National Acorn Squash Day! My son absolutely loves this scrumptious veggie (especially the way my Dad makes it).
This year, Maddox grew some acorn squash in our garden so we have a few good-sized squash. Sadly, squash borers got into our crop so we lost all of the plants before they could really produce for us. Still, we have enough to make a few meals and even some sweet bread!
To prep your squash, cut them in half and clean out the seeds. I usually cut the ends down a little so the pieces will sit flat when baking.
Baked Acorn Squash with Sausage
This is how my Dad does it up – and it’s REALLY easy. Set the cleaned out halves in a glass baking dish. Drop a little butter and brown sugar in the bottoms, add a ball of ground sausage and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. It helps if you microwave the halves (use a microwave safe bowl with a little water) for about ten minutes first.
Seriously, it’s that easy and one of my kiddo’s favorite meals.
Acorn Squash Sweetbread
I caught this idea from A Sparkle of Genius via Pinterest but made some alterations and combined it with my zucchini bread and banana bread recipes. Surprisingly, my daughter who is NOT a fan of acorn squash or zucchini actually loves this bread.
- 2 1/2 cups acorn squash puree (see below for instructions)
- 3/4 cup banana puree
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 2 tsps each – Cinnamon, Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Cloves
- 1/2 tsp each – Ginger, Allspice
To make the acorn squash puree:
Place the cleaned halves of one large acorn squash on a foil covered cookie sheet. Add a TBSP of butter, 2 TBSP brown sugar, and sprinkling of cinnamon to each half. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until fairly soft.
Once cooled, clear out the squash from the skin and dump into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
To make the bread:
Transfer squash puree to blender. Add bananas, eggs, vanilla, and spices. Blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add squash mixture to dry mix and blend until smooth.
You should be able to get one good-sized loaf or two smaller loaves. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees (times may vary based on your oven).