Reader Recipe: Microwave Acorn Squash ♥

Acorn squash cooked in the microwave, brushed with basil pestoMy mistake. I blasted a commercial winter squash "product" (how can a 'vegetable' be a product? and hmmm ... would vegetables get more attention if more, were?) and failed to share an alternative way to easily, quickly and tastily cook a winter squash in the microwave.

Readers to the rescue! From Bob came this note: "We prepare many different types of squash in a microwave by cutting the squash in half lengthwise, from stem to tip. Scoop out the seeds and stuff (not the meat). Place them in an oval microwave dish, with each half of the squash facing inside down, then adding 1/2" – 1” water to the dish. For some reason, adding the water after the squash is in helps keep water from soaking the underside of the squash as it cooks. We usually microwave on high for roughly 7 minutes. How about a try our way?"

Thanks, Bob, that's exactly how I cooked a couple of small acorn squashes. They turned out great -- not as sweet and flavorful as squash roasted in an oven, but definitely weeknight easy and in-a-rush convenient.

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Hands-on time: 2 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves 4

2 small acorn squash, washed well, cut in half stem to stern

Place squash face down in a microwave safe dish. Add water about a half inch or more high. Microwave on high for 7 minutes or til done.

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  1. You've got some attentive and helpful readers, Alanna. Lucky you!!

  2. One of the best things about food blogging is the recipes that come from readers!

  3. Good to hear there's still hope for my microwave!

  4. Whether you roast it or microwave it, it's gotta be delicious with pesto on it. It's so nice to see thoughtful bloggers like you have thoughtful readers like Bob.


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