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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Bacon, Red Onion and Sage
The sweetness of maple syrup and acorn squash are married together with bacon, onions and sage in a remarkable medley of comfortable flavors. This side dish pairs quite nicely with Roasted Meats, in particular Lamb, Pork and Beef.
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- 4 each Acorn Squash, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and seeded
- - Water, as needed
- - Salt and Pepper, To Taste
- 1⁄4 Lb Bacon, cut in 1/2" pieces
- 1 medium Sweet Onions, chopped
- 1 tsp. Sage, Fresh Leaves, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup Maple Syrup (Pure)
- Lay the acorn squash (cut side down) in a casserole dish and add enough water to cover the bottom of the dish about 1/4".
- Bake the squash in a 350 F oven (uncovered) for about 30 minutes or until the squash JUST gives to the touch when squeezed.
- Remove the squash from the oven, remove each piece from the casserole dish and allow to cool.
- While the squash is cooling, saute bacon until crisp then add onion and cook until the onions are softened. Drain off any excess bacon grease and reserve.
- Place the acorn squash (cavity side up) back into the drained casserole dish and paint the interior flesh liberally with the maple syrup.
- Divide the bacon and onion mixture evenly and sprinkle into each of the 4 halves of the acorn squash.
- Sprinkle the chopped sage over the bacon and onion mixture then season each with salt & pepper to taste.
- Return squash to the oven and continue to bake approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until fully heated through.
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