Pecans are the most versatile tree nut — they can be eaten alone — raw, roasted or flavored — as a healthy, delicious snack or they can enhance almost any recipe as an ingredient. Pecans are perfect as a topping or ingredient in salads, vegetables, yogurt, oatmeal, sauces, breads and, of course, every kind of dessert. Store pecans in the freezer and have them on hand year-round.

Acorn Squash with Maple Pecans & Goat Cheese

Acorn Squash with Maple Pecans & Goat Cheese

Servings: 4 | Prep: N/A | Cook: 40


2 acorn squash, halved crosswise and seeded 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter 2/3 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons maple syrup plus more to drizzle 1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 4-oz. log goat cheese


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle inside of squash halves with salt and brush with melted butter. Turn upside down on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes. Stir together pecans, maple syrup and thyme. Turn squash upright on baking sheet. Reserving about 3 tablespoons pecan mixture, fill hollow of each squash with remaining pecan mixture. Slice goat cheese crosswise into four equal rounds. Place a round of cheese in hollow of each squash and sprinkle with reserved pecan mixture. Bake 10 minutes more. Drizzle with more syrup as desired and serve.


Calories : 347 Polyunsaturated : Total Carbohydrates : 27
Total Fat : 25 Trans Fat : Dietary Fiber : 6
Cholesterol : Saturated Fat : 8 Protein : 8
Monounsaturated Fat : Sodium :  

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