Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
~Cook's Illustrated Cookbook
- 2 acorn squash (1 1/2 pounds each), halved pole to pole and seeded
- 3 T. butter*
- 3 T. brown sugar
*if using salted butter, go easy on the salt; if using unsalted butter, salt away!
- Sprinkle squash halves with salt and place, cut sides down, in a pan big enough to hold them (13x9-inch pan, large bowl, etc.). Pour 1/4 cup water in bottom and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for about 15 to 25 minutes, or until squash is tender and pierces easily with a knife (or fork). Remove pan from microwave and place on hot pad on counter (if your counter is too cold, this could be dangerous without a hot pad--the pan/bowl will be HOT).
- Preheat broiler. Melt butter and brown sugar together (add 1/8 t. salt if using unsalted butter).
- Transfer squash to rimmed, broiler safe baking sheet (tongs work well). Place them cut-sides up and brush with butter/sugar mixture. Broil until brown and caramelized, 5 to 8 minutes. You may need to remove some portions before others if they brown faster. Serve immediately.