A simple, classic fall and winter side dish is elevated with Rodelle Gourmet Vanilla Extract and maple syrup. This caramelized Acorn Squash is a real treat!

  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half down the middle and seeds scooped out
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Vanilla Extract
  • Dash salt and pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. Evenly sprinkle each acorn squash half with salt and pepper.
  4. Using a paring knife, score the insides of the squashes in a hash pattern.
  5. Brush each half with the butter mixture, making sure you cover all exposed surfaces (not the skin).
  6. Evenly spoon the remaining butter mix into the cavity of each half, coating the walls as well.
  7. Bake cut side up on a baking sheet for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until its flesh is soft and cooked through. It’s hard to overcook squash, but make sure there is sufficient caramelizing and the halves are nicely browned.
  8. Remove from oven, spoon the butter mixture from the bottom of the squash over the flesh.
  9. Cool a bit before serving.