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Acorn Squash Bake

Acorn Squash BakeTender baked acorn squash halves are served topped with a cinnamon-sweet, buttery mixture of dried tart cherries and chopped pecans.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 acorn squash
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cut each acorn squash in half. Remove seeds and fiber. Place cut side down in baking pan with small amount of water in bottom.
  2. Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 45 to 50 minutes or until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork. (Or place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe container. Add a little water. Microwave on High (100% power) 5 to 7 minutes, turning dish once. Continue cooking, if necessary, until squash is tender.)
  3. Meanwhile, combine butter, cherries, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat on top of stove or in microwave oven until butter melts.
  4. Fill center of each squash half with one-quarter of the cherry mixture. Mix some of the cooked squash with the cherry filling. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip: If desired, cut acorn squash into quarters for smaller serving portions.

Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.