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Monday, January 13, 2014

maple glazed acorn squash wedges




January weather!  Rain, snow, sleet and the foot or so of snow we have is frozen solid, but at least there is a snow cover so the garden plants are protected.  As long as you keep up with the freeze and thaw cycle, sanding sometimes twice a day, it is walkable, even with a 3 year old.  

With the bitter cold some days (-15), I lean more toward roasted chicken, roasted vegetables, and perhaps a fish chowder - sturdy winter food that warms me up more than a lighter soup.  One of my new favorites is this roasted acorn squash, tinged with just a very slight sweetness from our local maple syrup.  I make a marinade with ordinary olive oil and a little maple syrup to brush on the wedges that turns them a lovely golden brown, and adds a little more excitement to the somewhat plain but juicy squash;  acorn squash is my very favorite of all the squashes.

To make:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Scrub your squash under cold water - this will get rid of any residue or dirt on the surface.  No need to peel the squash, as it gets very tender during the roasting.

Carefully slice an acorn squash into wedges, then scoop the seeds out.  I like thinner wedges, rather than the larger quarters, and they roast more quickly.

Place the wedges one side down on a parchment covered baking sheet.

Mix equal parts plain olive oil (not virgin olive oil, which can be bitter) and pure maple syrup in a small bowl and mix with a fork.  I used 3 tablespoons olive oil and 3 tablespoons maple syrup for one small acorn squash.  The mixture will emulsify and thicken.

Spoon or brush a small amount of marinade over each wedge, flip, then do the other side.

Bake for 25 minutes, then, using a spatula, turn over the wedges, brush with marinade, and bake another 15 minutes.

Remove to a platter and serve immediately.  If you want a little more maple flavor, you can drizzle a teaspoon of pure maple syrup over the squash just before serving.

Hope you're enjoying winter, wherever you are!










8 comments:

Kirsten@My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

The perfect pick me up on a cold winter's day. Believe me, we have had our share here in CO, too. Stay warm!

Barb said...

Acorn squash is my husband's absolute favorite. I have one sitting on my counter to cook so I will give this a try.

The temp is going to go to about 40 degrees sometime this afternoon - a HUGE difference from last Monday's minus 18! (Personally, if I never hear the term "polar vortex" ever again, I'll be happy!)

Maybe this warmer temp is headed your way - I hope so!!

La Table De Nana said...

My fave kind of vegetable including roasting and maple syrup:)
Same weather here.. today ..for a change it's actually partially sunny and almost 40 F in the sunshine..I do agree with you all that snow at the beginning was a Godsend for our gardens with the past sub zero weather..
You know..in April..we will say winter flew by..

:)

katrina said...

Kirsten - I'm sure your winter has been as wild as ours! A dear friend lives in Colorado and keeps telling me how sunny it is there; have to admit it sounds tempting, especially after all these dark days. All we can do is carry on and strap on the snowshoes or skis....good luck with that when the snow is like concrete:) But today the sun is out! Hang in there....

katrina said...

Oh Barb - I think your husband will like it - just a touch of maple and so silky from the roasting - let me know! You're a hoot, but have to agree I hope we don't hear about the "polar vortex" in the news for a long, long time. The sun is out here and the thermometer says exactly 40 degrees - whoooo hoo!

katrina said...

Nana - I know we're both enjoying this sudden beautiful sunny weather and milder temperatures - our weather mirrors yours most of the time even though you're further north.... Think you'll like this lovely squash and so will Jacques. Enjoy the sunshine today, think more snow on the way....

Barb said...

Acorn squash update: made these the other day - so delicious! Oh Yum! I'll be making this again soon.

Snowing again today and temps in the upper 20's - it's pretty and at least it's not - 15.

Stay warm and toasty.

katrina said...

Oh, good, Barb - hope your husband liked them! Thanks as always for your feedback - and yes, it's been wonderful here as well - a little snow, a little ice, but temps in the 30's. Hallelujah!