Acorn squash apple pie
Uncooked acorn squash
1 small, 4 inch diameter, about 1 1/4 lb, cut in half lengthwise, seeds scooped out and discarded
2 tsp, divided
Apple pie spice
¾ tsp, divided
2 pinch(es), divided
2 medium, such as Honeycrisp or Braeburn
Unpacked brown sugar
1 Tbsp, divided
Uncooked old fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 425°F. In an 8-inch square glass baking dish, place squash cut side down. Cover with plastic wrap; pierce once to vent. Microwave on High for 6 minutes. Carefully uncover dish (steam will be released). On a small parchment-lined sheet pan, arrange squash cut side up. Brush halves evenly with 1 tsp maple syrup. Sprinkle with 1⁄4 tsp apple pie spice and 1 pinch salt. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Maintain oven temperature.
- Meanwhile, quarter and core apples. Cut each quarter in half crosswise, then cut into thin slices. Spray a medium nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; warm over medium heat. To pan, add apples and 1 tbsp water. Cover and cook until apples are tender, stirring occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes (add more water, 1 tbsp at a time, if apples start to stick or scorch). Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in 1 tsp brown sugar and remaining 1 tsp maple syrup, 1⁄2 tsp apple pie spice, and 1 pinch salt. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Uncover and stir in vanilla.
- To make streusel: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter on High until melted, 20 to 30 seconds. Stir in oats, pecans, and remaining 2 tsp brown sugar. Divide apple mixture between squash halves; sprinkle with streusel. Bake until streusel is crisp, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.
- Serving size: 1 filled squash half