Recipe: Maple Bacon Squash

Bacon Maple Squash

Bacon Maple Squash with marjoram leaves

I used delicata for my maple bacon squash, but butternut, acorn or kabocha would work as well. You could also cut the squash into cubes and drizzle the bacon grease/butter/maple syrup on top. A just-rich-enough accompaniment to grilled chicken or pork. Serves four.

2 delicata squash, halved lengthwise and with seeds and pith scooped out
Bacon grease
2 t butter
½ t Kosher salt
4 T maple syrup, Grade B preferred
2 strips bacon
Fresh herbs for garnish (optional): sage, marjoram, basil etc

Method: halve and core the squash, cleaning out pith and seeds. Rub interiors generously with bacon grease, salt, place on baking sheet. Add maple syrup and butter and bake in 350 degree oven till fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. To serve, crumble half a strip of bacon into each squash half and garnish with finely chopped fresh herbs.

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