We received a delicious acorn squash in our Door to Door Organics delivery and Steven instntly knew what he was going to do with it. I wasn't pleased with the choice in syrup, but I will admit that the end result was delicious.
First, grab a whole stick of butter, about 1/2 cup of brown sugar (you can totally vary how much this is), and a bottle of syrup. Next time I would use an organic maple syrup. Whole foods has a jug I really like.
Cut your squash in half and place half a stick of butter in each half.
Take a fork and stab the squash a lot. Really take out some aggression because you need a lot of little holes. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the edge and into the center of the squash. Then, drizzle the syrup in the same way.
Place in a 400 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes. This varies by the size of the squash.
It will melt and get soupy while baking. About half way into cooking, give it a little stir. This is also a good time to check the tenderness and judge how much longer it might need. You can also stab a few more holes if you think you need it.
When finished, the sugar will be nice and caramelized.
I didn't get a picture of the finished result because we grubbed like we were starved when this came out of the oven. Basically, scoop the squash meat and butter mixture out of the shell and mash it with a potato masher until the consistency you like. Ours was similar to mashed potato consistency.