I challenge you to make this recipe and feed it to anyone who is weird about squash. True, it has a decent amount of melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and broken walnuts, but at the end of the day it's still a vegetable, and a delicious one at that (especially steam-cooked into golden softness with an almost candy-like topping. Incredible.
Recipe below serves one-two. Double or triple the topping amounts as needed for more.
Notes: Butter is unsalted. Brown sugar is light.
BROWN SUGAR & WALNUT BAKED ACORN SQUASH
Ingredients: 1 acorn squash, 1 tbsp. melted butter, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/4 cup broken walnuts, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, pinch of sea salt.
1. Preheat and prep: Preheat the oven to 375* F. Slice the squash in half horizontally and remove the seeds. Place the halves cut side up into a foil-lined baking dish or sheet pan. If they tilting to one side, slice a very small amount off of the bottom to make them stand up straight. (Be careful not to slice into the inside of the squash.)
2. Zoosh and bake: Brush the inside and around the edge of each half, well with melted butter. Season with sea salt to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon, then divide the brown sugar between the two. Finally, add the walnuts into the cavity. Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 5 minutes or so longer until fork-tender and the topping has caramelized.