Bacon Maple & Acorn Squash Sandwich

Susan Feliciano

By
@frenchtutor

This was my first attempt at grilling acorn squash. But I got this idea in my head and decided to run with it.
You may want a bib, or at least an oversized napkin, to eat this sandwich. The Mascarpone cheese just oozes out, but it sure does taste good!


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Serves:

2 sandwiches

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Method:

Griddle

Ingredients

1 medium
acorn squash
2 Tbsp
melted butter
1/2 c
mascarpone cheese, softened (may substitute cream cheese)
2 Tbsp
pure maple syrup
4 slice
freshly cooked bacon
salt and pepper
watercress or leaf lettuce
additional maple syrup if desired
4 slice
sourdough bread

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut squash in half lengthwise. No need to remove seeds at this point; they are much easier to remove after cooking.
2
Place in microwave-safe baking dish cut side down, with ½-inch of water. Cover loosely with waxed paper. Microwave on high power about 7-8 minutes, until squash meat is easily pierced with fork. Do not overcook to the point of mushiness; squash should still be firm. Let squash cool enough to handle.
3
Scoop seeds out of squash and slice crosswise into ½” thick slices. Remove peeling by running a thin sharp knife along outer edge. Pat dry with paper towels.
4
Heat a ridged grill pan on high heat. Brush squash slices with the butter. Grill squash a couple of minutes on each side, basting with butter. When done, remove to plate and keep warm.
5
Make filling: Combine the softened Mascarpone with the maple syrup until totally smooth. Spread the cheese on two of the bread slices.
6
Top the cheese with slices of the grilled acorn squash. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Place 2 slices of bacon on top. Drizzle a little maple syrup over all if desired. Top with watercress or lettuce leaves, and remaining bread.
7
If you feel like it, you can put these sandwiches in a Panini press, but they are just as good without that.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Healthy