Serves 4. Prep time: 30 minutes
2 Acorn Squash
2 T. butter
3 T. maple syrup
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. garam masala*
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut each squash in half and scoop out seeds; remove stems. Place the squash onto a large rimmed sheet pan or 2 casserole dishes. Pour about a half-inch of water into the dishes or the sheet pan and sprinkle the squash with salt and pepper. Bake the squash for 15-20 minutes. While the squash is cooking, melt the butter and combine it with the maple syrup, cinnamon, and garam masala. Remove the squash from the oven, pour off any remaining water and brush liberally with the melted butter mixture. Bake 5 minutes, brush again with the remaining butter mixture and bake another 5 minutes.
*Garam masala is a traditional Indian blend of spices that typically includes cumin, coriander, black pepper, cloves, cardamon, and sometimes others as well.