bacon maple & acorn squash sandwich

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Susan Feliciano
from Oak Ridge, TN

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!

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 2 sandwiches
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Griddle

Ingredients For bacon maple & acorn squash sandwich

  • 1 md
    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
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How To Make bacon maple & acorn squash sandwich

  • 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.
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