falling for acorn squash December 20, 2005

Squash_006 I think I’ve said in the past that fall is my favorite time of year. The clothes are better, the weather is better, and the food is – well – different. To say that I don’t love food and cooking all year round would be misleading. I just love the richness of flavors and textures and colors in the fall and winter. Do you think things taste better in your favorite turtleneck sweater or when consumed by a fire?

While with a friend (tony clark, photographer extrordinaire) a few weeks ago, we stopped in a wonderful little gourmet shop here in Atlanta called Savor. We had a wonderful time talking with the owners and browsing through all of the goodies in the store. As I was standing around the register, I saw a recipe card for a "roasted acorn squash with a cranberry horseradish sauce". This particular recipe was promoting this company’s prepared sauce. However, it planted a seed in my head.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Spicy Cranberry Chutney

–  Preheat oven to 350.Cut acorn squash in half and bake in a pan (i do mine flesh side down) filled with a 1/4 inch of water in the bottom until fork tender – this should take somewhere around an hour.

–  While the squash is baking, mix up your cranberry sauce. Since I made this up, you can just wing it like I did. I took prepared cranberry chutney (i think you could use any kind of cranberry sauce..except for that weird jellied kind) and added the zest of 1/2 an orange, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of prepared horseradish. I kept mine cold because I thought it would be a good foil for the warm tender squash. I think would also be nice if you cut the acorn squash in crescents and roasted it & topped it with the sauce warmed up.

– When the squash is done, salt and pepper each half. Then, fill halves with cranberry sauce and pig out!

the photo in this entry was taken by tami hardeman

Comments

Tony Clark Dec 20, 2005 03:12 pm

Oh, the humanity I have been replaced. Now that you have a digital camera and a little knowledge you’re not going to need me anymore. I particulary like the leaves, nice touch.

tami Dec 20, 2005 06:12 pm

You’re not replaceable – you know that :)