Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet

Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone!
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(my friend sent me this on Pinterest and I couldn’t resist, hi-larious!)
I sure am ready for this break, it’s been such a busy time around the blog lately!  The Ornamental Things giveaway ended this morning and I will be verifying the winner and sending them an email.  I want to thank everyone that entered and made my very first self-run giveaway an amazing success. I was completely blown away at getting over 1000 entries, thank you!  Even if you didn’t win, I hope you got some great gift ideas from all of us for the holidays.
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And as a nice send off for the holiday, I found out that my DIY metal table top will be featured on a billboard in Times Square for the Black & Decker #YourBigFinish campaign!!!  Isn’t that crazysauce!! If you’ve got a great project (or projects) you’ve completed, make sure and submit them here and you could be up there with the rest of us!
 
So, to wrap it all up this week, I wanted to share a very fall-worthy quick recipe with you guys, this Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet that my amazing aunt created.  I think this would be a great little dish to make for a lighter dessert or breakfast over Thanksgiving weekend, or even for Thanksgiving dinner itself if you didn’t have a chance to do something fancy!
Healthy and perfect for fall! Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet
I used a melon baller to “cube” my acorn squash since they can be so hard to cut.  A butternut squash would also work well or any of the winter squashes that get nice and sweet when cooked.  For my spices, I chose to use cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, cause we all know I love me some cardamom.  It smelled absolutely amazing.
Healthy and perfect for fall! Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet
Try to find Honeycrisp apples for this, they’re pretty much the best apple ever on the face of the Earth.  They’re huge, super juicy, and have immensely more flavor than any other variety in my experience.  If you can’t find honeycrisps, go for some other non-red-delicious variety.  But seriously, honeycrisps.  Although you northerners probably have some dang good apples that you know of!
Healthy and perfect for fall! Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet
I’m not usually a fan of nuts in my desserts but when they get cooked with the fruit, they get nice and soft and soak up all the buttery goodness.
Healthy and perfect for fall! Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet
As per usual, I served mine warm with some Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and it was almost like a deconstructed cobbler.  But I think it’d also be really good with fresh oatmeal and maybe even yogurt for breakfast.  It could probably be used as a cobbler filling too, actually.

 Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet   Servings:  About 6 Time: 30 min   1 acorn or butternut squash, cubed or balled 1 large or 2 smaller honeycrisp apples, cubed 1/4c pecan or walnut pieces (optional) 3T butter 1/2c maple syrup 1tsp ground cinnamon 1/8tsp each nutmeg, allspice, and/or cardamom (optional)   - Melt butter over low heat and sautee apples, squash and nuts until squash is tender, about 15-20mins. Stir frequently as you don't want them to brown, just steam and soften. - Add syrup and spices and stir to combine. - Serve warm, likely with vanilla ice cream.

Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 acorn or butternut squash, cubed or balled
  • 1 large or 2 smaller honeycrisp apples, cubed
  • ¼ cup pecan or walnut pieces (optional)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp each: nutmeg, allspice, and/or cardamom (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over low heat and sautee apples, squash, and nuts until squash is tender, about 15-20mins, stirring frequently
  2. Add syrup and spices and stir to combine
  3. Serve warm, especially over vanilla ice cream

We will be spending TG in Houston with the husband’s family and, fingers-crossed, there may be another Ikea trip in the works while we’re there.  I’m looking forward to catching up on my blog reading, blog working, and delving into the stack of home magazines I’ve amassed all with a full belly and comfy pants on.  I of course wish the same for you :)
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14 thoughts on “Acorn Squash and Apple Skillet

  1. Are you serious?! You were on a billboard?!! That’s SO awesome!!!!! Oh my goodness, did you just freak out for days?! Yay you. So cool. AND that’s the best cat picture ever. AND this recipe looks incredible! Pinned for safekeeping. :)

    1. Yes, thank you! I’m sure it’ll only be for a millisecond :) I submitted like five projects and got the email for this one right away. You should definitely enter your office!!!

  2. UM, get out. This looks SO GOOD. I have to make this! In fact, I’ve had an acorn squash sitting in my pantry for weeks just waiting for me to use. I never know what to make with it! Hmm, a couple week sounds pretty sketchy…maybe it’s not good anymore?! Ha. Anyway, thanks so much for linking up with us at Motivational Monday!!! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 6pm PST! :)

    1. I’m not sure how long is okay for them, mine was about two weeks too before I used it, but the syrupy goodness still gives it alot of flavor so it was good for me. Maybe let them sautee longer than the apple so they’re super soft :)

  3. YUM! Definitely adding this to my hit list. Love finding new sweet and savoury uses for squash.
    Stopping in from Think & Make Thursday linkup!

  4. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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