Apple Cider-Glazed Squash

Recipe by internetnut
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 12 - 3
    lbs acorn squash, buttercup squash, carnival squash, sweet dumpling squash, calabaza squash, turban squash, banana squ or 2 1/2-3 lbs hubbard squash
  • 34
    teaspoon salt, divided
  • 14
    teaspoon pepper
  • 12
    cup water
  • 1 12
  • 2
    tablespoons butter
  • 14
    teaspoon ground cinnamon
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 400. If using smaller squash (acorn, buttercup, carnival, or sweet dumpling), cut into quarters. If using larger squash, cut into 4x5-inch wedges. Scoop out seeds. With paring knife, score flesh 1/4-inch deep in crisscross pattern.
  • Place squash, skin-side down, in 13x9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and pepper. Pour water into baking dish. Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, bring cider to a boil in small skillet over medium heat. Cook 15-25 minutes or until syrupy and reduced to 1/4 cup, adjusting heat as necessary. (Monitor carefully, especially towards the end, to prevent scorching). Remove from heat. Stir in butter, cinnamon and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Blot any liquid in cavities of squash with paper towel. Brush squash with about half of the reduced cider mixture. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes or until glaze is set. Brush with remaining reduced cider mixture. Slice in half lengthwise. Serve in shells. Or, if desired, scoop out flesh; place in medium bowl. Mash with potato masher.
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