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Waffle-Iron Acorn Squash

I love to get the kids involved in cooking, and this squash is so simple even a small child can cook it with minimal adult supervision. The recipe is fun, fast and no-fuss, and doesn't use valuable oven space before big family meals. —Donna Kelly, Orem, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small acorn squash


  • Preheat a greased waffle maker. Mix syrup, chipotle pepper and salt.
  • Cut squash crosswise into 1/2-in.-thick slices. Using round cookie cutters, cut out centers to remove squash strings and seeds. If necessary, halve slices to fit waffle maker.
  • Bake slices in waffle maker just until tender and lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Serve with syrup mixture.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cut slices just 1/2 inch thick. If slices are thicker, the waffle iron won't close all the way.
  • A panini press also works to make this squash.
  • The squash will be very tender after cooking this way. To keep the squash intact, drizzle the maple mixture over the squash instead of brushing it on.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 98 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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