Maple Baked Acorn Squash "Milkshake"

By • March 28, 2012 • 5 Comments



Author Notes: This is my favorite (although not the healthiest) way to prepare acorn squash. Normally, I'd puree it in a soup (with earthy fall flavors like bacon, chipotle, cumin, or roasted garlic) but for this recipe I decided to highlight the maple flavor, turning the puree into a milkshake. Coconut milk adds richness, vanilla rounds out the flavors and signals "dessert".offtrailcuisine

Serves 3-5

  • 2.5 pounds acorn squash (1 large squash)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup plus
  • 3 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
  • 14 ounces (1 can) coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. With a very sharp knife, cut the squash in half. Cut off as little as possible from each small end, just so that each half sits flat.
  3. Scrape the seeds and strings out of each half. Try not to pierce all the way through the squash. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. If you'd like, you can clean off the seeds, then roast them in your 400 degree oven for a snack while your squash cooks. Spread on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil, season with lots of salt and pepper, and roast until golden brown.
  5. Combine the butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup in a medium bowl or glass. Microwave on "high" until the butter is melted, about two minutes. Stir to combine
  6. Pour 1/2 of the butter/ syrup mixture into each squash cavity (this is why you didn't want to pierce through them in step 2, so the liquid doesn't drain out). Spoon liquid onto the cut surfaces of each half, coating generously.
  7. Roast, uncovered, until a fork very easily penetrates deep into the squash flesh, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven (being careful not to spill) and cool. Pour the liquid in the cavities into a large bowl or pot. Scoop out the flesh and add it to the liquid.
  9. Add the coconut milk and vanilla to the squash mixture. Puree with a blender or immersion blender. Add 3 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste (since a variable amount of the liquid will leak or spill each time, this step has some wiggle room. You should taste a distinct maple flavor and plenty of sweetness (remember, it's dessert!) without being cloying). Blend until well combined and extremely smooth.
  10. Chill until very cold (I chilled overnight). Serve in a glass with a thick straw.
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over 2 years ago amusebouche

this looks awesome!!

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over 2 years ago jenniebgood

What a unique idea - this sounds so creamy and delicious!

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over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

Looks like great minds think alike!
My entry for Four Seasons of Maple:
http://food52.com/recipes...

We should have a smoothie party this July! You know what you could do cool with your recipe? Use it as part of a riff on those restaurant dishes like "three ducks on a plate- confit, roast breast, braised leg..." type plates. Do your smoothie, a creme brulee and a tart or cake or candy or cookie( or all!)with some clever title like Maple Acorn Squash Quartet! Would be fun to see for a Halloween dinner.

p.s. i think you forgot to put instructions between step 6 and 7?
best,
mindy

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over 2 years ago offtrailcuisine

Ooh, your smoothie looks delicious! I love red beans desserts. And it would be a blast to make a series of maple/ acorn squash dessert tastings (maybe variations on some of the current entries: macarons? caramels? yumm). Thanks for catching my mistake! Whoops!
Ben

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over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

yes, those are good ideas. Also, maybe crepes, or grilled mochi or sweet tofu with a thicker version of this milkshake as a sauce, with some caramelized nuts on top... The recipe makes good sense now that you've amended it!