Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecans

Tracking PixelI’m happy to present this roasted acorn squash recipe sponsored by Litehouse Foods! This rich, sweet roasted acorn squash is doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans to make it even more delicious.

Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.

Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecans

Once the tremendous heat of summer fades into the coolness of fall, I feel free to enjoy cooking even more than usual.  It seems like less of a drawback to turn on the oven, and instead of resenting its warmth, I look forward to it.

For that reason, I’m much more likely to experiment with baking during fall.  It adds a pleasant seasonality to the rhythm of life here in Florida, where there are far fewer visual signals (such as turning leaves) with which to observe the change of seasons.

Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.

Roasted squash is a well-known fall side dish, but I’m adding my own twist by incorporating some contrasting flavors.  In addition to maple butter and crunchy pecans, I’ll be garnishing the finished roasted acorn squash halves with Simply Artisan Reserve™ Simple Seasons™ Blue Cheese.  The piquancy of blue cheese and the sweetness of the squash bring an elegant balance to this dish, so pick up a coupon here.

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It’s easy to add just the right amount of soft cheese crumbles; plus, you can choose from blue cheese or feta cheese.

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Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.

Tips for Making Roasted Acorn Squash

  • Be careful when slicing the acorn squashes in half.  The skin is tough, but control the force of the knife so that it doesn’t slip and endanger you.
  • Did you know that Grade B maple syrup works wonderfully for cooking?  Most of us are familiar with Grade A, which has a more delicate maple flavor, but Grade B is stronger and well suited for keeping its flavor even when cooked.
  • If you’re looking for the best of pecans, seek out Georgia pecans.  (I may be biased; my mom is from Georgia and has gifted me with many a bag of Georgia pecans over the years.)  And say it “PEEH-cans,” not “puh-CAHNS” if you want to sound authentic.
  • I usually have unsalted butter in my fridge, but if you have salted butter, simply omit any extra salt.

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Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.
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Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecans

Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Simply Artisan Simple Seasons Blue Cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a baking dish with foil or parchment for easy cleanup.
  2. Halve the squashes, then scoop out and discard the seeds and strings.
  3. Melt the butter with the maple syrup and sea salt, then stir to combine. Brush the cut sides of the squash with the mixture, allowing it to puddle in the center of each half.
  4. Stir the pecans into the remaining butter/syrup mixture and set aside.
  5. Bake the squash in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and scoop the pecans evenly into each squash half. Return the pecan-filled squash halves to the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. When finished, garnish with blue cheese crumbles and serve warm.

Rich, sweet roasted acorn squash doused in maple butter and filled with maple butter roasted pecans, then topped with blue cheese crumbles.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Litehouse, Inc. and Simply Artisan Reserve.

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