Happy National Acorn Squash Day – Cinnamon Hazelnut

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September 7th is national Acorn Squash day. Who knew? I assume that means that it is the beginning of squash season and to me, that means the beginning of fall. I love fall, and I am so excited that it is almost here, I say almost, because I am in Phoenix, and it is still quite a bit hot in these parts.


This acorn squash recipe is the epitome of fall, and even the holiday’s really. It makes me feel all warm and cozy inside just thinking about it. This recipe is so easy and crazy good. If you get a chance to pick up some acorn squash, you should definitely try it. It is not too difficult either. Most of the time is the roasting. But once you taste it, it is literally melt in your mouth, buttery, sweet, crunchy goodness.

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Ingredients

2 Acorn Squash
1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped Diamond California Hazelnuts

Directions

Serves 4

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Mix the butter with the cinnamon and nutmeg. It is very important that the butter is room temperature so you can spread onto the squash easily and so that it will stick to the squash. Spread the butter so that it completely coats the inside of the squash and the edges. You should have some butter left over after your squash is covered. Keep that on the side you will need it again.

Pour the brown sugar into a shallow bowl. Dip the squash, butter side down into the brown sugar. Be sure not to shake any excess sugar off. Then use your fingers or spoon to scoop more brown sugar into the bowl of the squash so it is also covered in brown sugar. Again, don’t shake off the excess.

Place the squash upside down onto a baking sheet pan covered with aluminum foil and a quick spray of cooking spray. Score the backside of the squash with a knife. This is very important so the squash will steam and it actually helps to cook a lot faster. Bake for 25 – 28 minutes until tender. You will also notice that the brown sugar and butter will have started to caramelize on the baking sheet.

In the meantime, you can toast your nuts. I like Diamond hazelnuts for this recipe, but you can use any Diamond nuts that are your favorite. Place your nuts in a pan on medium-low heat and cook until they turn light brown. You have to be careful they do not burn and make sure you stir a lot. Once they are browned, remove and set aside.

Once your squash is baked, remove from the oven and turn upright. If you want your squash a little more caramelized on top, you can place it back in the oven upright and bake for another 3 – 5 minutes. Note: I did not do this, and it was still caramelized and delicious.

Brush a layer of the butter you set aside on top and sprinkle with your toasted nuts.

And eat! Yum!

I originally posted this on My Thirty Spot. I have many more photos in photo recipe tutorial. If you want to check them out, you can click here. 

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