November 14, 2010

Smoky Squash

The top of my refrigerator looks like a pumpkin patch. I have acorn, kabocha, sugar pumpkins and other varietals waiting to be cooked. I've stuffed squash, put them in soups and stews, roasted them with coconut oil and shreds, and quite frankly got sick of them. So, for weeks these gourds have been sitting on the fridge until my bare pantry finally beckoned me to crack one open and get some vegetables in my system. So I did something a little strange, a little daring, and a little smoky. Why not turn squash into bacon?

Maple smoked acorn squash

- 1 medium acorn squash, cubed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (Grade A or B)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- S&P, to taste


- Preheat oven to 375.
- Whisk together maple, oil, liquid smoke and seasoning. Cube acorn squash (peel if desired) and toss in the maple mixture until evenly coated. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.

Serves 2-4

This is basically your standard roasted squash recipe but kicked up a notch or two. Think of it as maple roasted squash's badass older brother. The smokiness isn't overpowering but it definitely makes its presence known. I was never a big bacon fan, but I love the hickory smoked flavor, so this recipe works perfectly for me. Plus, I can't deny that it was strangely fun playing with liquid smoke.

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  1. Interesting. I've seen a few recipes for eggplant bacon. Funny thing, when I did eat meat (17 yrs ago) I hated bacon. Now I like tempeh bacon.

  2. @Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Tempeh and eggplant bacon intrigue me. I like the squash because it has the smoked flavor but not the texture/consistency of bacon. I never liked how crumbly it was.

  3. Oh wow...I am in love with acorn squash and this sounds so divine! I must try it.

    Thank you for the great to get some liquid smoke!?


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