Twice-Baked Acorn Squash w/ Maple Butter and Pecans

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Twice-baked potatoes are kinda basic, aren’t they? They are in an endearing way, of course. They’re simple and adorable and I kinda have the urge to pat them on the head and tell them they’re cute. But for this Thanksgiving, I wanted a side dish with a bit of class, so I decided that old favorite of ours needed a bit of a makeover.

This is its classier bigger sister; less cheese, less carbs yet still indulgent and delicious. Also, this is definitely the first time where I’m saying less cheese/less carbs and meaning it as a good thing.

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My trip to the farmer’s market took about an hour (because I love looking at all the veggies), the check out via PayPal took less than a minute and cooking up these acorn squash boat cuties took about an hour.

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The acorn squash is roasted while a lone potato boils away. The potato surprisingly adds a bit of lightness to the acorn squash. The acorn squash boats are refilled with the filling and topped with sweet and salty maple butter and a small handful of pecans.

These little boats are perfect for dinner with a side salad or, if you’re serving them as a side, they can even be cut in half. (I’ve eaten one by myself and it’s like a whole meal!

Twice-Baked Acorn Squash topped w/Maple Butter and Pecans | www.acozykitchen.com

Twice-Baked Acorn Squash w/ Maple Butter and Pecans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 5

Twice-Baked Acorn Squash w/ Maple Butter and Pecans

Ingredients

  • 3 acorn squash, halved
  • 1 large russet potato (1 pound), peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Handful of pecans, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the halved acorn squash side by side, flesh side down, on the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, until squash is tender. When the squash is cooked, use a fork to carefully flip over the squash halves so they can cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add the diced potato and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside to cool slightly. Run the diced potato through a potato ricer and into the empty medium saucepan (you can use the same one you boiled the potato in - no need to clean it!). Add the creme fraiche, 1 tablespoon butter and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Discard the seeds from the acorn squash. Scoop out the flesh, being sure to leave enough squash so the shells still have structure, and add it to the potato mixture. Place the saucepan over medium heat and mix until combined. Adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Refill the acorn squash shells with the potato/acorn squash mixture. Note: you’ll have enough for 5 shells; discard the 6th shell. Make nice swoops using the back of a spoon. Turn on your broiler and place the acorn squash shells underneath until the tops are a bit toasty - be sure to keep an eye on it, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, add the remaining butter (3 tablespoons) to a small saucepan, along with the maple syrup and a few pinches of salt.
  5. When the squash exit the broiler, spoon the maple butter over them and top with the chopped pecans.

Notes

**MAKE AHEAD** To make these ahead of time, stuff the acorn squash and then put in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, reheat them in an oven that's set to 300 degrees F for 10 minutes. Then, place them under the broiler to brown and top with maple butter and pecans.

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21 Comments

  • Reply Charlotte @ Drop Dead Bread November 18, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I love savoury/sweet combos and these look just gorgeous. Adding potato to lighten up the squash is an awesome idea, too.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 18, 2014 at 3:06 am

    These would totally fit into your fancy-ass … segment! Love this idea!

  • Reply Dani Louise November 18, 2014 at 4:17 am

    So cute. I can’t wait to make these!

  • Reply abby - little city adventures November 18, 2014 at 4:34 am

    This looks so good! I’ve tried all squash except for acorn so I’ll have to give this a go

  • Reply Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion November 18, 2014 at 6:07 am

    What a great way to server squash. I wonder if it would work for butternut

  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Those are sooo cute! I’ll have to give these a try 🙂

  • Reply jenna @ just j.faye November 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    This sounds so delicious!!

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  • Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen November 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    These are gorgeous and sound so delicious. I love food where you get to eat the bowl!

  • Reply Jenn | Palace Within My Dreams November 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Looks delicious! Fun spin on the classic twice baked potato!

  • Reply francesca November 19, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Fancy-ass acorn squash. Feels like there should be a fancy-ass side dish Tgiving round up.

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  • Reply Sarah November 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Ok, so the usual question… these would be fine made in advance, right? Just stuff ’em then refrigerate?

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      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Ahh yes, yes this is so perfect to make ahead! I’d stuff them and then re-warm them (300 degrees F for 10 minutes) AND then put them under the broiler. This is a great make ahead! Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Reply Trish November 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Oh man, I wish I was cooking for Thanksgiving this year so I could make these! What an awesome idea!
    Trish

  • Reply Melissa November 21, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Those love amazing!! Definitely need to try them soon!

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  • Reply Jennifer Stewart December 2, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I love this idea! I used to make twice baked potatoes all the time but stopped when I gave up potatoes. Since I am eating a lot of squash right now I think I’m going to try this recipe and use a sweet potato instead of the white potato! Thanks for such a creative recipe!

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