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How to Cut Squash

How to Cut Squash

Squash

Do you know How to Cut Squash?

I love squash. I mean we eat it all the time . It is super simple to cook in the oven and on the stove.The only issue I have is cutting it. I recently learned a trick on how to cut squash. I frankly can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. You just place it in the microwave for a couple of minutes 3-5 to soften it, so you can cut the squash off at the top or in the middle. I am so glad I learned how to cut a squash. If I hadn’t I really would have stopped serving it and there are so many awesome recipes that would have been a shame.

I cooked the one above in a crock pot

Then I cooked this acorn squash in the oven

This stuffed acorn squash recipe version was also cooked in a crockpot.

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Acorn Squash

 

 

 

 

 

acorn squash

 Acorn Squash

I had no idea how easy it was to cook an Acorn Squash. I mean it looks so fancy. I decided it can’t be that hard and I was right. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and about one hour to back. Then you place it on the plate and people think. Wow! She is a marvelous cook. The site is called cooking in bliss and our tag line is every recipe has a story.

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Acorn Squash

  I once went to a very fancy dining establishment with my Father it was the Dupont hotel in Delaware. I ordered a grand dish and the side was Acorn Squash. I ordered it feeling very fancy but I couldn’t image how they were going to cook acorns. I really didn’t put together that an acorn squash wasn’t the same thing that a squirrel ate. I assumed they were on in the same. I just thought it was a type of acorn. I mean we were in a fancy place and who knows they douse everything in truffle oil there. I wasn’t sure that that meant either. I was baffled when my fillet arrived with this huge thing on my plate. I kept looking for the acorn. I finally asked where the acorn squash was which resulted in a huge point to this object on my plate. I have to say from then on it has been a favorite of mine. I always have ordered it when we go out. I always assumed it must be hard to prepare but I was wrong. It is so easy.

This is how it is done:

1) Preheat oven to 400°F.

2)  Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.

acorn squash
3) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.

acorn squash
4) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.

acorn squash

5) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.

acorn squash

6) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.

7) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
8) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.

 

Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: side
Author: Amee
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Acorn corn Squash is healthy and Easy to make
Ingredients
  • 1 per 2 people Acorn Squash
  • 1 TBSP of Butter
  • 1 TBSP of Brown Sugar
  • 1 TSP of maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. ) Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.
  3. ) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.
  4. ) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.
  5. ) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.
  6. ) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
  7. ) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
  8. ) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.

 

 

Bacon, Egg, Apple & Cheese Frittata with Butternut Squash Hash browns

Frittata’s are so versatile. You can enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner. What I love most about them is I can make them for dinner and serve the leftover’s for breakfast. It saves me a ton of time and puts a smile on everyone’s face. This frittata is packed with flavor and is so simple. Serve it with the butternut squash hash browns and you have everything you need to make a complete meal.

Bacon-Egg-Apple-Cheese-Frittata

 This Frittata has amazing layers of flavor. The sharp cheddar cheese, sweet gala apples and the bacon take turns dancing on your pallet. And like I said before, it’s great reheated in the morning so you stretch your food and your time!

Bacon, Egg, Apple & Cheese Frittata with Butternut Squash Hash browns
Recipe Type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 gala apple, cored and diced (1/4 inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook your bacon to slightly crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  3. Either clean the pan or get a new one.
  4. Heat the butter and apples in a heavy cast iron or other oven proof skillet over medium heat until the apples are al dente (about 6 minutes.) Add in the bacon and cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
  5. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, cheese, milk and seasonings. Mix until the eggs are well beaten.
  6. Pour the egg mixture over the apple mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

bacon 2

The Butternut Squash Hash Browns are the perfect replacement for the starchy counterpart. While not comparable to potatoes, the crispness of the squash delivers what is wanted from a popular morning offering. The hint of garlic powder gives these a delicious flavor that takes away the awkwardness for some that eating squash brings.

Butternut Squash Hash browns
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded squash (about half a small butternut squash)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking
Instructions
  1. Press the shredded squash between 2 sheets of paper towels to dry.
  2. In a medium to large bowl mix combine the shredded squash and seasonings
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy pan.
  4. Form the squash mixture into whatever shapes you prefer (or toss it in unformed) and cook until brown.
  5. If you formed the squash fry it until it’s browned and holding on the bottom (about 3 minutes), flip and repeat.
  6. Drain on paper towels and serve war.