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Baked Squash with Maple-Pecan Topping

Serve these squash rings as a side dish, or add a scoop of pumpkin ice cream for a yummy dessert. Look for Grade B maple syrup for its dark color and rich flavor.

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Serve these squash rings as a side dish, or add a scoop of pumpkin ice cream for a yummy dessert. Look for Grade B maple syrup for its dark color and rich flavor.

Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 1 large acorn squash (11/2 lb.), ends trimmed, cut into four 3/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (2 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (11/2 oz.)
  • 1 Tbs. chilled butter or margarine, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup (preferably Grade B)

Preparation

1 | Place oven rack in center of oven, and preheat oven to 425°F. Line 12- x 9-inch rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil. Season squash with salt and very lightly with pepper, if desired. Arrange squash rounds on foil with larger surface area down. Roast 15 minutes.

2 | Pulse pecans, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt (if desired) in mini food processor until nuts are chopped to pea-size pieces. Transfer mixture to bowl; mix in maple syrup.

3 | Turn squash over. Top with pecan mixture. Bake 8 minutes more, or until squash is tender, and topping is hot and bubbling.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 242
  • Carbohydrate Content 36 g
  • Cholesterol Content 8 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 32 mg
  • Sugar Content 20 g