Recipe For Squash Boats

Posted on Apr 13 2012 - 12:01am by Susan Bewley

baked acorn squash 7I have a confession to make – I love baked acorn squash! Whenever it starts to get cold, I look forward to going to the grocery and finding some good sized acorn squash to make for dinner. My husband looks forward to coming home and seeing me baking acorn squash – one of his favorite vegetarian recipes!

It wasn’t until this past winter that I realized that quite a few people have no clue how to cook acorn squash, or worse, have never had baked acorn squash.  So many people here always assumed it was only for decorating.  I have been having quite a few people here asking for my recipe for acorn squash, which my husband dubbed long ago – squash boats!

Apple filled stuffed squash
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entrée
Serves: 4 servings
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  • 2 Cups Granny Smith or Jazz Apples, Diced or Cubed
  • 2 Whole Acorn Squash
  • 4 Teaspoons Butter, Melted
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice, We Use w/Pulp (your choice)
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Peel, (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
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  2. Cut both of your acorn squash in half. (Make sure you have a sharp knife, since they are not easy to cut!) Once you have them cut into four halves, clean them thoroughly, getting all the seeds out.
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  3. Place the acorn squash face down on a pan with a one to two inch lip or ledge around the edge. Fill the pan with one-quarter to one-half inch of water – this seals the squash, preventing them from drying out. Carefully place the pan in the oven, where you will be baking the acorn squash for 20 minutes.
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  4. While baking the acorn squash, begin dicing up the apples into small cubes, and melt the butter in the microwave.
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  5. Thoroughly mix the apples, butter, and remaining ingredients (brown sugar, orange juice, and lemon peel) in a bowl.
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  6. Remove the baked acorn squash from the oven. Do not dump the water. With two forks, very carefully flip over the acorn squash halves where they are facing straight up.
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  7. Fill the acorn squash halves with your apple mixture. Once they are filled, very carefully move the pan back to the oven, cooking the squash in the oven for another 20 minutes. Let cool for five minutes on plates before serving.
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I like to think of squash boats as one of those baked acorn squash recipes that is a mix between a healthy dinner and a dessert.  When I first started baking my own acorn squash, I planned on this being a side, but it very quickly became a main entree in my house since it is just so filling! What surprises most of my friends who have asked for my recipe for acorn squash is that it is just so easy to make! Best of all, this baked acorn squash recipe looks absolutely beautiful, making it a great dish to serve if you are having unexpected guests!

The recipe for baking acorn squash came from The Winter Vegetarian by Darra Goldstein.  While I have made some minor changes, it is still based on one of the author’s recipes! If you enjoy vegetarian recipes, I highly recommend you give this book a try. It is by far my favorite vegetarian cookbook!

If you have a change or substitution you think would be good, or have a favorite way to prepare any squash, please share it with all of us in the comments area!

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  5. Anonymous July 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Very cool site. Creative and neat.

  6. Anonymous July 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Great site and delicious recipe.

  7. Presta July 20, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    you know, recently i visited Germany, and really wanted to eat squash and they had none…I was surprised

  8. Anonymous July 22, 2012 at 5:55 am - Reply

    This looks so delicious, I bet it tastes even better.

  9. Anonymous July 22, 2012 at 6:49 am - Reply

    mmmmm…cannot wait to try it out…thanks

  10. Anonymous July 23, 2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Excellent recipe. Thank you.

  11. Anna Smith July 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Omg, sounds so good!  Want to try to make it tonight! Hope it will work with my diet 🙂

  12. GP Locum August 1, 2012 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Lovely! Thank you! 

  13. locum GP August 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    This is awesome. Apples and squash!

  14. Sue Invegas September 24, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Never had this kind of squash. Looks good.

  15. Melinda Dunne October 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    These sound delicious! I love apples with squash. 

  16. Candy Olivares October 25, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I am so trying this! I have two acorn squash! 🙂  and granny smith apples!! Oh yeah! 

  17. Ashley S October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    These look amazing. I love acorn squash.

  18. Staci October 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I have never had squash actually… so thanks for the idea. 

  19. Heather Bryant October 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I have not been fond of squash however this recipe may have me changing my mind!

  20. Amber Edwards October 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    that looks so easy! I love it. My husband would love this recipe. he absolutely LOVES squash with cinnamon and brown sugar, so this is definitely up his alley. 

  21. Sarah Welte October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    These would look really nice on our Thanksgiving table!

  22. Mike November 5, 2012 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Cool. Thanks for this. Will try it today!

  23. Kate J November 24, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    This is what I can do with my acorn squash!

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