An acorn squash shell, to be exact.
My obsession with simply-cooked acorn squash has me buying them in multiples every time I go to the store. Settling down to one for dinner (or as part of dinner) is the perfect way to end a blustery fall day.
All it takes is a small acorn squash, goat cheese, and brown sugar. Start by cutting the squash in half, and scooping out the seeds and the pulp with a spoon. Then put both halves of the squash cut-side down in a small microwave-safe casserole dish (mine is about 10″ across) with 1/2 inch or so of water in the bottom. The goal is to give the squash enough water to steam, but not so much that it will take a long time to get hot.
Cook on high for 5 minutes, then poke the outside of the squash to see if it’s soft. My small squash tonight took 15 minutes to cook fully, but it’s a good idea to check every 5 minutes and then just add more time to the clock if it needs more. The inside should be bright orange-yellow and the outside should be tender when poked for it to be done to my standards.
Remove from the dish, top with goat cheese, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. And voila – you’ve got dinner! This is also really good reheated the next day, but I’ve only made it that far once and have succumbed to eating the whole thing every other time. If it’s all you eat for dinner, you might be hungry later – this dish is only worth 3 PointsPlus (aka super healthy).
What’s your favorite fall food?