Recipe by Kendra*
This recipe came from a former neighbor. Thanks, Lois! It can be served as either a main dish or a side dish and is different from most acorn squash recipes because it isn't sweet. It smells absolutely wonderful while it's baking. I usually make it using just one squash, then serve the leftover onion, pepper and celery mixture over baked potatoes at another meal. And just for the record, I have no idea why this recipe is called "Spanish".
- 2 (1 lb) acorn squash
- 2 teaspoons butter or 2 teaspoons margarine
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground oregano
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut squash in half and remove seeds and fibers.
- I also cut a very thin slice from the other side of the squash so it won't"wobble" while it's baking.
- Put 1/2 tsp butter, Salt and Pepper in each squash cavity.
- Place squash halves in an ungreased baking pan (I use a CorningWare casserole with a lid).
- Fry bacon until crisp, drain and crumble.
- Reserve bacon drippings.
- Saute onions, peppers and celery in drippings until tender.
- Stir in tomato sauce and oregano.
- Simmer 3- 4 minutes.
- Spoon tomato sauce mixture into hollow of each squash.
- Top with bacon.
- Pour water into dish to 1/4 inch depth.
- Cover baking dish.
- You can use foil if you don't have a cover for the dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes until squash is tender.