Frugal Feasts (tm) : How to Cook & Eat Your Thanksgiving Decorations

1. Acorn Squash on the mantle...

2. Raw Acorn Squash cut in half

3. Scoop out the seeds....

4. Rub lightly with butter or olive oil...add a gentle sprinkle of sea salt...

5. Here is what they look like when they come out of the oven!

Once thanksgiving has ended, you may eat your decor (some of it).
Here is how I enjoy the Acorn squash.
1. Remove from the mantle and wash
2. Cut in half and seed (as you would a melon) I use a spoon
3. Lightly butter the inside of the squash...or rub with olive oil & give a gentle sprinkle of sea salt
4. Place both pieces, cut side up, in an un-greased baking pan--bake for about an hour in a pre-heated, 350 degree oven (baking time may be longer if the squash is on the large size). The cooked texture should be similar to that of a baked sweet potato (a little more firm).
5. Serve as a side dish. I eat mine by scooping it out of the peel/shell with a small spoon.
I do understand that not everyone thinks baked squash is as delicious as I do. That being said, you can also add it to soups and stews (peel and dice first)...or saute' it in olive oil and garlic (precook at least half-way first as it's a very hard vegetable when raw). You may also puree or mash the baked squash, by itself or with butter, herbs (sage perhaps), and minced garlic.