Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Spicy Apple-Butter Baked Acorn Squash Rings

A not-too-sweet and spicy way to serve acorn squash.

Unlike most winter squash, these are really only available in the late summer through the early winter. They don't keep as well as some of the other winter squash varieties. On the other hand, they are not only currently local, but historically local as well, being one of the few vegetables developed in the great lakes region (by various first nations tribes.)

4 servings
1 hour 15 minutes - 15 minutes prep time

Spicy Apple Butter Baked Acorn Squash Rings
Spicy Apple Butter:
2 tablespoons apple butter
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 small dried hot red chile
3 pods green cardamom
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed

Mix the apple butter and vinegar in a small dish. Grind the spices together, and remove the green hulls from the cardamom which won't grind well. Mix the spices in with the apple butter.

To Bake the Squash:
1 large acorn squash
2 to 3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cover a large baking (cookie) tray with parchment paper.

Wash the squash. Cut the squash into rings, about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick. Remove and discard the seeds. I just cut the end pieces into quarters and send them along for the ride.

Brush the squash pieces with the oil, on both sides and lay them on the baking tray in a single layer. Brush the tops with about half to two-thirds of the spiced apple butter. Bake the squash for about 40 minutes.

Turn the squash rings over (don't bother with the end pieces) and brush them with the remaining spiced apple butter. Return the squash to the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes.

Last year at this time, I made Rotini with Salmon, Mushrooms & Broccoli in Cream Sauce, and JalapeƱo Pepper Jelly.


Dana McCauley said...

That looks sensational! I love spicy, glazed squash. I can see maple syrup being a nice addition to that recipe, too.

Shri said...

Am planning to try this recipe with Indian spices. Thankyou for sharing this recipe. Wish a very happy holiday season.