Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples, Nuts, and Sage

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples, Nuts, and Sage - Andrea Meyers

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Side dish or dessert? I remember the first time I ordered a side of roasted acorn squash in a restaurant, and I commented on how it was more like dessert than an entree. The restaurant served it with butter and brown sugar, and I had no need for dessert after enjoying that treat. Though I like the sweet treatment with squash, for a meal I prefer a mixture of sweet and savory. Sage is a good flavor to add to roasted squash, and I pulled some fresh from the garden for this preparation. Our sage is still going strong, though we’ve had some freezing nights, and I will have to cut it soon to freeze or dry for the winter.

The boys kept peering through the oven window as the squash baked and they demanded tastes as soon as it came out of the oven, though I managed to hold them off for a few minutes explaining how hot it was. The whole time I was trying to get a photo of one half, they were raiding the other, nipping bites here and there.

Sage, walnuts, and apples - Andrea Meyers

Sometimes the squash is slightly larger or has a very deep interior, in which case I make another half recipe of the apple mixture, and that was the case with this particular squash. There were even plenty of seeds for me to save for next summer’s garden.

Grow Your Own logoThis is my contribution to Grow Your Own, a blogging event that celebrates the dishes we create from foods we’ve grown, raised, foraged, or hunted ourselves. Ning of Heart and Hearth is our host for this round, so be sure to visit her blog for more information about submitting your post. If you are new to the event, you can read more about the rules for participating at the Grow Your Own page.


adapted from The Occasional Vegetarian, by Karen Lee.


roasting pan, lined with foil and coated lightly with cooking spray
small bowl


1 acorn squash, 16 ounces (~1/2 kilo) or larger
1 large apple, peeled and diced
4 tablespoons grade B maple syrup (or grade A)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 sage leaves, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Center the oven rack and preheat the oven to 350° F/175° C.

2. Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Scrape the interior until all the strings are removed.

3. Place face down on the prepared roasting pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

4. While the squash roasts, stir together the diced apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, walnuts, sage, and cinnamon in the small bowl.

5. Remove the squash from the oven and turn each half over. Portion the apple mixture between the two halves and drizzle a little more maple syrup on top.

6. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the squash is soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

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  1. says

    Squashes are my all time favourites. I don’t think I’ve ever had any sort of gourd cooked in a way I disliked. Cooksister has just done a WTSIM… on gourds, there is always so much to do with them. PS.. I loved the apple mint jelly too. It looks gorgeous

  2. says

    I’m not a fan of the brown sugar method as my mom used to make it this way all the time and I hated when the sweet parts ran out! I do think that I would like sage in acorn squash though. Thanks for the idea.

  3. says

    Yes Andrea! Gorgeous of the sage! I think I’m in love with the sage at the moment! It smells and tastes so lovely and then it has such wonderful color and texture for the eyes.
    Excellent with the apple and squash!

  4. says

    The squash and apple sound so compatible. I grew up with the brown sugar, but also prefer my squash less sweet, so take advantage of our California location and use lime, chiles and cilantro. I also like how you can eat acorn squash, skin and all!

  5. Diane says

    I am just wondering how to turn up the recipe with squash and apple so that it is a complete meal with a salad. Could you add ham, sausage to the stuffing? Any other ideas?


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