Grilled Acorn Squash
Grilled acorn squash is dark green colored acorn squash with yellow flesh cooked by application of dry heat over gas grill or charcoal grill. The nutritious yellow flesh of acorn squash possesses rich and nutty flavor upon grilling, with the grilled squash being popularly served as a side dish to several meat dishes.
Acorn squash is a low calorie vegetable, which is classified as winter squash and can be stored in dry and cool conditions for several months.
Acorn squash can be grilled in quite a number of ways. A few popular ways of preparing grilled acorn squash have been explained as under:
- Oven baked grilled acorn squash halves- As per the simplest grilled acorn squash recipe, the squash is first partially baked in oven prior to grilling. The fibrous material and seeds of the squash halves are first removed before being baked in oven. The squash halves are then brushed with olive oil and seasoned with pepper and salt before being grilled on both sides on gas grill or charcoal grill over medium-high heat. One of the recipes suggests coating squash halves with a mix of brown sugar, orange juice, and spices before grilling them. Pepper flakes, garlic butter, and chopped herbs can also be used as the coating for squash. Further, squash halves can be filled with a mix of butter, nutmeg, brown sugar, and walnuts prior to grilling process.
- Microwave baked grilled squash slices- Another grilled acorn squash recipe suggests placing whole squash into microwave for a couple of minutes before cutting them into slices in the form of rings (with their skin), removing their seeds, and grilling them. The squash slices are brushed with olive oil and seasoned prior to grilling process. They are grilled until golden brown, with dark brown marks of the grill observed on the squash slices. The flesh of the squash should be softened evenly before turning off the grill.
- Acorn squash grilled on double sided grill- Grilled acorn squash can also be prepared on double sided grill, coated with non stick cooking oil. Sliced squash slices are brushed with oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, before being grilled until brown and soft, while flipping the slices in the midst of the cooking process.
- Aluminum foil wrapped grilled squash halves- One of the recipes suggests grilling acorn squish halves after being wrapped in heavy duty aluminum foil on hot coals over medium-high heat. The squash halves are grilled twice; the second time after being filled with a mix of honey, ginger, nutmeg, butter, salt, and pepper.
Tips to Grill Acorn Squash
- It is suggested to grill acorn squash with its skin so as to retain its shape.
- Acorn squash with blemishes or cuts should not be chosen for grilling purposes, as damaged squash gets spoiled when stored and is not good for consumption.
Grilled acorn squash pairs very well with lamb, duck, and turkey as side dish.
Nutrition and Health Facts
Grilled acorn squash encompasses the goodness of acorn squash, with one medium sized squash providing about 172 calories, obtained from 45 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of protein, and 13 mg of sodium. The squash is rich in several vital vitamins viz. A, B6, and C, and contains food amount of folates, dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and beta carotene. All these nutrients in acorn squash are regarded to be quite good for health and help in prevent an individual from being affected by cancer and heart disease.