Although pumpkin is the most celebrated squash of the fall season, acorn squash should not be overlooked! Sweet Baked Acorn Squash is easy to make and a beautiful, tasty addition to your fall and winter menus.
Thoroughly wash the squash and use a sturdy, sharp knife to cut them in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and strings. Cut each piece in half again. Place the pieces cut side down (peel side up) in a large baking dish and add about 1" of water. Cover with foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the squash pierces easily with a sharp knife.
Remove from oven and increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Drain off most of the water from the baking pan, leaving just a small amount. Flip the pieces of squash over. Season each piece with a small amount of salt and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and just a dusting of cinnamon. Return to oven and allow to roast, cut side up, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes.
If you'd like a more caramelized surface, set your oven BROIL for a minute or two at the end of the cooking time. Watch closely so it does not burn.
Microwave whole acorn squash for one to two minutes to make it a bit easier to cut. Don’t set the microwave for more than two minutes or the interior of the squash will begin to cook and change texture.