Recipe: Yummiest Winter Squash – Two Ways

Our family is a house divided: Tawse family adores a sweet winter squash and the Davis’ insist upon savory seasoning.  Here are both using the same technique but different ingredients:

Baked Winter Squash (works for any variety including Carnivale, Acorn, and Delicata)

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Halve the squash lengthwise, remove all seeds and place skin side down in casserole baking dish.
  3. Add ¼-inch water to baking dish.
  4. Place generous pats of butter (at least one tablespoon or more) in the cavity of each squash.
  5. Choose Tawse or Davis seasoning
    1. Tawse Recipe: add three tablespoons of either brown sugar or maple syrup to each squash cavity
    2. Davis Recipe: add three to four tablespoons of orange juice and sprinkle with dried or fresh thyme; salt and pepper to taste
  6. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and crimp on sides. Bake squash for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes until squash is soft to touch and beginning to lightly brown.