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Acorn squash recipes

November 6th, 2010 · 13 Comments · squash, sweet potato

I’ve heard there is snow in some parts of the country and over 80* in others. That’s crazy to me! Here in Boston we are in full-on fall mode. That means pumpkins and roasted veggies and apples (although the apple season is almost over. It goes by so fast!). I think pumpkin is the first thing that people associate with fall. Well, at least I do. And I have a confession – I wasn’t always a huge fan. I’m not sure if we really ate pumpkin growing up and it just kind of tasted bland and mealy to me every time I tried it. Of course blogging (and blog reading) has opened my eyes to a lot of things. A lot of foods I’ve never heard of, a lot of ingredients I never cared for… done a little differently and a lot more intriguing. And so with seemingly every blogger’s obsession with pumpkin (and all kinds of squash for that matter) somehow I caught the bug. I am now officially obsessed too! The problem is that Adam hasn’t been brainwashed to the same extent (and by the way, thank you for the brainwashing… I am a very happy member of the clan 😉 ) and so I keep drooling over my screen, seeing delicious recipes with pumpkin, knowing that I will get to deal with “the face” even at the mention of dinner starring squash. And so I go on with my day, squash-less. (hehe, “squash-less” actually sounds really funny).

Last week Adam had plans to go out with his buddies and I happen to walk through a farmers market where acorn squash caught my eye. Hey, maybe I can make dinner just for myself with one of these little guys? I was all over that! So I did a quick search in my google reader (I save hundreds of recipes for nights exactly like this… and then maybe make 2 of them a year. Le sigh) and found Bridget’s recipe for autumn chowder. It starred butternut squash (I was sure acorn would be fine), sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, corn and bacon and cheese for peet’s sake! I figured Adam could try it and if he didn’t like it, I’d be happy to freeze the leftovers and enjoy for them for random lunches and future lazy nights. But you know what? Adam LOVED it. There were so many delicious root veggies in this recipe that the squash played a very small part of the dish (I still loved having it there but I knew that Adam wouldn’t even be able to detect it). I omitted the onions, used 2 cups of light cheese, 1% milk and I wish I skipped the flour. It actually completely clumped up but not before adding a weird powdery texture throughout (the was plenty creamy and thick without it). This was hearty, cheesy, sweet and a little salty (from the bacon). I also added a bit of hot sauce to each bowl for a little extra kick. I can’t wait for my leftovers… not that we had much to freeze! :)






A recipe with squash that even a squash hater will love. Do you have any favorite recipes with “hidden” veggies?

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Michelle

    Bret doesn’t like wilted greens so I try to incorporate them into dishes that I know he already likes such as pizza or pasta.

  • #2 - Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)

    I love acorn squash! My mom always mixed peas in with mac & cheese when I was a kid to get me to eat my peas. Now, I still make it that way. 😀

  • #3 - Carly

    That chowder looks delish :) I don’t necessarily “hide” veggies, but I overload veggies in pasta dishes. For example, I will cut the amount of pasta in half and double the amount of veggies in a recipe :)

  • #4 - Cat

    Thank you for posting this recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

  • #5 - Shannon

    hehe, glad he liked it despite my comment as I was on my way out the door 😉 i need to try it!!

  • #6 - alicia

    This looks yummy. I don’t ‘hide’ veggies – but sometimes I make recipes that include things Rafe doesn’t like and just don’t mention it. He’s pretty good about eating it anyway and not complaining…..i think regardless of whether a stew has mushrooms or not he realizes that the alternative (a cold bowl of cereal) is worse :)

  • #7 - Bridget

    Yay! So glad you liked the chowder!! :) This was actually the first time I added squash to it, and glad I did…I feel like you could add whatever you wanted to it. I havent had Acorn squash in so long, think I’ll have to change that.

    Brian will admit that I’ve gotten him to try and like a LOT more veggies and foods in general that he had never had before, or thought he didnt like!
    Hope you had a great weekend in SF!!! SO JEALOUS

  • #8 - Mandi

    This chowder sounds amazing! I have always loved different squash and I think this would be no exception! Anything incorporating the awesome flavors of fall has got to be good =)
    BTW, I noticed in your pic that you have the same Jessica Steele apron that I do. Shout out! =) Love the cupcakes =)

  • #9 - Katie @ The Small Boston Kitchen

    Haha, I love that you “hid” your veggies. I’m a little iffy when it comes to squash so this sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  • #10 - jessica

    I make a great cilantro pesto and “hide” lots of spinach in there too. The cilantro, garlic and peppers make it easy. Even though- who doesn’t like spinach?!

  • #11 - joanne

    I am another product of the blogosphere pumpkin brainwash so I can frankly say (a) I love this and (b) you’ve made me happy to be single because it means I can make stuff like this without having to worry about someone else’s taste buds. 😛

  • #12 - Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    This is a wonderful autumn recipe! I like all of the different colors and that the squash is kept in hearty chunks. I do a lot of hiding of veggies in pasta, and sometimes even stir-fry.

  • #13 - Tracy

    Hi Elina! I stumbled on your blog about a week ago and have been absolutely OBSESSED ever since and have spent (god knows how many) hours catching up on every single entry but I’m finally up to date!

    You are a huge inspiration to me. I’m currently a finance student in my last year of school and am working part-time in an office downtown and really relate to your lifestyle of working long hours and dealing with stress eating. I have a HUGE sweet tooth and can eat my weight in chocolate and ice cream (though I am not as big of a cookie fan as you …) and am also trying to lose weight. My struggles are eating out of boredom, late-night snacking, and the occasional bout of binging. It is only recently that I have learnt (in a big part due to your blog) that how I look is related to how I feel. When I eat too much chocolate at night and feel ashamed and disappointed in my self, I always feel fat and self-conscious. But when I eat a delicious dessert and actually ENJOY it (like you do) I feel great and full of confidence.

    So thanks a lot for doing what you do and I’m really excited to find out what happens next in your journey! :)