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Mashed Acorn Squash

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Welcome to the kick off of Thanksgiving recipes over here at Megan B. Well! We love a carb in the Best-Haggerson household, and Thanksgiving is no exception. I love to load my plate with all of the different sides at Thanksgiving: a little bit of stuffing, a little bit of sweet potato casserole, a LOT of pie. But mashed potatoes have never been my jam.

Like mashed potatoes but…better.

Enter: mashed acorn squash! This sweet take on a classic recipe combines flavors of maple, cinnamon, and cloves with the sweetness of the squash for a side that’s basically dessert, but has the added bonus of being nutrient dense! Acorn squash is full of vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, B6, and C to be exact as well as calcium, fiber, and folate. For this recipe, you can sub out any sweeter seasonal squash you have around- butternut or delicata would work really well in this recipe, or even a simple sweet potato.

Belonging to our CSA has really forced me to experiment with different foods and flavors, which is making for a much more interesting holiday season when it comes to cooking and baking. I love it!

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Mashed Acorn Squash

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Food Processor
  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium acorn squash
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the top and bottom ends off of the acorn squash. Cut them in half and dig out the seeds.
  • Brush the inside with melted butter and roast, face down for 25-35 minutes depending on size. They are ready to remove from the oven when the inside feels soft when you press it.
  • Once the squash is done, dig the insides out and add to the food processor with the maple syrup, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Process the ingredients until smooth- if you prefer a chunkier potato like texture, use the pulse option instead.
  • Top each serving with chopped nuts and enjoy!

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