I made this for dinner (again) tonight and it’s so so so so so good. You can really use any seasoning, too, because like most squash, acorn squash is a blank canvas and absorbs the flavor you put into it. It’s super tender and full of flavor. It’s the perfect Fall side dish.
Grilled Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash
- Oil, for oiling grill grates
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 acorn squashes (about 2 pounds each)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat a grill for cooking over medium heat. Lightly oil the grill grates.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan and turn off the heat. Remove 1/4 cup of the melted butter and reserve. Whisk the maple syrup, cider vinegar, dry mustard, crushed red pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 4 minutes to reduce slightly. Remove the glaze from the heat and let cool. Set aside 1/3 cup of the glaze for drizzling at the end.
- Carefully halve the squashes from the stem to the bottom. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Place the squash halves flat-side down and slice crosswise into 1/2-inch scalloped half-moons. Place the slices in a very large bowl.
- Mix together the chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the squash slices. Drizzle the reserved 1/4 cup of melted butter over the squash. Toss with your hands to make sure the slices are evenly coated.
- Place the squash slices on the grill and cover. Cook until dark grill marks appear, about 10 minutes. Flip the squash slices; cover and cook until the squash is just tender enough to be pierced easily with a paring knife, 7 to 8 minutes more.
- Brush the squash slices with the glaze and flip. Cook 1 minute, brush with glaze, flip and cook on the other side for another minute. Remove from the grill and arrange on a large platter. Drizzle with the reserved glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!