acorn squash


Definition of acorn squash 

: an acorn-shaped dark green winter squash (Cucurbita pepo) with a ridged surface and mildly sweet yellow to orange flesh

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Joyner’s Culinary Cue Speed up the roasting time for larger squash like acorn squash by cutting the squash in half, removing the seeds and placing cut side down in a casserole dish. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Gardening provides inspiration," 29 June 2018 Remove the seeds from one medium acorn squash, and cut the squash into slices that are ¾-inch thick. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash," 20 Nov. 2017 On large rimmed baking sheet, toss acorn squash with olive oil, thyme leaves and 1/2 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Roasted Squash," 24 Jan. 2017 Second round: entree Ingredients: Watermelon curry, acorn squash, kalekale and caul fat. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 2018 The Cue Combo tray at City Smoke: Brisket, pulled pork, Kansas City and Texas ribs, with sides of rotisserie Brussels sprouts, roasted acorn squash and mac & cheese. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s best barbecue comes two ways now. Do you know the rules?," 24 Jan. 2018 Still, an acorn squash was fully cooked in about 20 minutes — not bad when compared with the roughly 45-minute roast time usually needed in the oven. Lauren Delgado,, "Trying out the electric pressure cooker," 6 Sep. 2017 The sweetness of the acorn squash, dates, and coconut oil in this simple roast is balanced by the garlic and woodsy herbs. Bon Appetit, "Squash with Dates and Thyme," 31 Oct. 2017 The vegetable crop includes red and green cabbage, kohlrabi, red beets, golden beets, four varieties of cauliflower, broccoli, spaghetti squash, acorn squash and four colors of carrots. Steve Edwards, Alaska Dispatch News, "Farmers markets head indoors for the the winter, but there are still plenty of local treats," 18 Oct. 2017

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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