Sunday, October 20, 2013

Maple Baked Squash Halves

This is a classic New England preparation of winter squash. Everyone gets to scoop squash flesh out of their own half, which makes for an attractive presentation as well as fun for kids.

2 or more 'personal sized' winter squashes - delicata, acorn, buttercup, etc
Canola oil
1/2 tsp maple syrup per squash half (the darker grade the better)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the squashes in half vertically and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves in a baking pan, cut side up. Drizzle each one with 1/2 tsp maple syrup, then spray or brush lightly with a little canola oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Ready to bake
Bake the squash for 40-50 minutes, until the flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.  Serve hot, giving eat diner 1-2 halves.

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