Acorn squash makes for quite the unique ingredient for its recipes. While it belongs to the same species as the summer squashes, it’s actually seasonal and ripe in the winter months.
But it doesn’t taste much like them.
Rather than being summer-y, tropical, and fruity, it has a much more mild and subtle flavour, being quite buttery to the palate, much like butternut squash or pumpkin.
And the good news is that this means it goes well in many dishes. I have been scouring the net to find the best, most unique acorn squash recipes out there.
And, after much deliberation, I was able to make a shortlist of my favourites. And in this article, I’m going to be sharing them with you. Be ready for your mouth to start watering – here goes!
The flavours in this dish blend together perfectly. What’s more, it’s also suitable for your vegetarian guests, should they pop over for a bite to eat.
And to make it vegan friendly, all you’d have to do is omit the two cheeses. And it’s less than 400 calories per serving.
It’s savoury rather than fruity, with such ingredients as creamy Parmesan cheese, crumbled goats cheese, and garlic. And to add variation to the flavour profile, there’s also spring onions and dried cranberries.
It’s simple to make and each recipe yields 4 stuffed squash halves.
The beauty of this recipe is in its sheer simplicity. There are a mere 5 ingredients to find, and apart from the acorn squash they’re reasonably easy to source, you can pick them up at your local supermarket.
The additional ingredients you use really bring forth the natural buttery sweetness of the acorn squash. This includes the likes of butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
It’s super simple to make, you simply prep the acorn squash, rub in the butter, crumble in the brown sugar in each half, drizzle with the maple syrup and bake in the oven for 75 minutes.
The recipe makes 2 to 4 servings, with each serving coming in at under 100 calories.
This yummy recipe is ready in just 35 minutes, which means you could do it on a busy weeknight. What’s more, it only requires 5 additional ingredients, namely butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and seasoning.
For the seasoning, you can either use dried herbs or fresh ones. The recommended herbs are thyme, sage, oregano, and rosemary.
You simply prep the acorn squash and the other ingredients, press the mixture onto the acorn squash halves, bake until tender, and serve up with additional gratings of Parmesan cheese for garnish. So moreish!
Now, this is what I call comfort food at its finest!
It features comforting and flavourful ingredients to make a dish even the pickiest of eaters will love, Italian sausage, garlic, heavy cream, fresh sage and thyme, and red onion.
What’s more, this recipe is very easy to make, and makes enough to serve 6 people.
If perhaps you’re in the mood for something more filling, then how about this recipe?
It has a minced beef and tomato base, with accents of garlic, onion, and spices paprika and cumin. Alongside vegetables like carrots and peas.
And it all gets topped off with a grated cheddar cheese and mozzarella combo that always comes out great in the oven.
The recipe is enough to serve two hungry people, and is under 500 calories per serving.
And here’s another great recipe for stuffed acorn squash, and one with a completely different combination of ingredients.
It’s got cannellini beans for fibre, fresh spinach, mushrooms, onion, garlic, wild rice, peppers, and thyme (dried or fresh).
The recipe is vegan friendly, makes enough to serve people, takes under an hour to make, and comes in under 300 calories per serving.
If you like a little heat in your food, then this is the acorn squash recipe for you.
This is because the acorn squash is roasted with a sweet and smoky spiced butter, composed of melted butter, salt, brown sugar, cumin and chilli powder.
Preparation time is a mere 10 minutes, and it can be ready within the hour. The recipe makes 8 servings, with each serving coming to a mere 202 calories.
It’s pretty easy to make, you simply brush the prepared acorn squash halves with the butter mixture and bake until browned and caramelised.
OMG, this dish is absolutely packed with flavour! This time the acorn squash is cut into wedges, and the spiced butter features brown sugar, chilli powder, and a touch of beautiful ground cinnamon.
The recipe also includes fruity flavours from a tin of crushed pineapple and the arils of a pomegranate. The result is amazing! It does take a long time to make, but I can promise you it’s 100% worth the wait.
Now, this is quite the dish! The subtly sweet flavour of the acorn squash in combination with the rich and spicy beef enchilada concoction is a match made in heaven.
It’s super easy to make too, just pop the acorn squash in the oven to roast while you make a quick and easy skillet beef enchilada mixture.
When the squash is done, just stuff them with the mixture, garnish and enjoy!
The recipe makes 4 servings in total and takes about an hour to make. It features a lot of ingredients, and you may have to go online to source some of them.
What a flavour combo this is – the sweetness of the squash pairs beautifully with the smoky and spicy chipotle chicken.
It has a host of wonderful flavours and ingredients, including the likes of brown sugar, minced garlic, minced chipotle chillies adobo, lime juice, cumin, couscous, spinach, and cheddar cheese.
It does take a long time to make, but I can promise you it’s 100% worth the wait. A perfect treat for the weekend.
If you ‘re ever on a health kick, then this is the acorn squash dish for you – it comes to a mere 338 calories per serving.
What’s more, it’s super healthy and nutritious, with ingredients such as sweet potato, beetroot, red onion, kale, Portobello mushrooms, and chickpeas.
And these are not regular chickpeas, but roasted chilli and lime chickpeas. And the recipe includes a beautiful cilantro Tahini dressing, made with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and chopped cilantro.
You can serve it up with a sprinkling of seeds and/or coconut chips.
Talk about unique! This stunning vegetarian dish features an unusual combination of ingredients, but believe you me, they come together perfectly.
It’s easy to make, you simply roast the acorn squash halves with an interesting sweet and savoury rub composed of sugar, cinnamon, ground cumin, coffee grinds, and salt.
You add the rub toward the end so that the initial dose of sugar has had a chance to melt into the squash. And when removed from the oven, you can douse it in the brown butter sauce.
The recipe yields 4 servings, and it only comes to 210 calories per serving.
If you’re lucky enough to own an Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker), then you can already imagine just how easy this dish is to make.
It features some really nice ingredients, including chickpeas, wild rice, onion/shallot, minced garlic, chopped pecans, mushrooms, fresh thyme, black pepper, and dried cranberries, to give a good mix of textures.
It’s super healthy and filling, and it’s also vegan friendly to boot. The recipe makes 6 servings, and each serving comes to just 256 calories.
This dish has some wonderful flavours that all blend together perfectly.
There’s honey, butter, brown sugar, burrata cheese, fresh sage leaves, roasted hazelnuts, and to add a little fruity contrast, there’s half a cup of pomegranate arils.
For anyone unfamiliar with burrata cheese, basically it’s fresh mozzarella cheese wrapped in ricotta cheese.
The recipe makes 6 servings, and each serving comes to just 235 calories.
So, now you have 14 wonderful, unique acorn squash recipes to choose from. I hope at least one of them has caught your attention, and you decide to try it out.