Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sweet Acorn Squash Bowl

The shopping list for this one is short and the results are super sweet.  Delight your friends and your taste buds with an acorn dish that takes full advantage of the bounty of the season and is sure to make any squirrel green with envy.

Shopping List:
1 acorn squash
1/4 lg. white onion
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 c. water

From the Pantry:
olive oil cooking spray
2 Tbl. brown sugar
sprinkling, cinnamon and sugar mixture*

med. sauce pan
cutting board
8x8 baking dish

Preparation:  Slice 1/4 white onion and combine with brown sugar and water in saucepan set on medium heat.  Allow to simmer until onion is tender and the edges begin to caramelize (about 5-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.  During this time, cut acorn squash in half.  Spoon out seeds.  Generously sprits orange flesh with olive oil cooking spray.  Lightly dust each half with cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Pour 1/4 c. raisins into each side.  Remove onion from saucepan placing equal amounts into each squash side; spoon any leftover juices into each bowl as well.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture liberally over each bowl, place into baking dish, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

By the time it's done baking, it's hard to decide whether this dish is dinner or dessert, but one thing's for sure, it's a guaranteed delight!

*For the perfect cinnamon and sugar mixture, combine 1 part cinnamon to every 3 parts granulated sugar.

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