How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Crockpot

by Barb on August 28, 2012

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Several years ago, I found a technique for cooking acorn squash in the crockpot which I like to use if I need the oven for other foods. I have an oblong crockpot that can hold 4 quarters of an acorn squash side by side.

Acorn Squash in the Crockpot

When I think of fall, I think of squash – pumpkin, butternut, and of course acorn squash. Unfortunately, I’m the only person in my family who loves acorn squash which means I buy one acorn squash at a time and cook it, just for me. That’s not such a bad thing, is it?

If you find the acorn squash hard to cut into quarters, putting it into the microwave for about 30 seconds on high softens the skin. Or you can skip that step and wrangle the very large kitchen knife through the skin. The acorn squash will split once you get the cut going with the knife. Personally, I prefer to wrangle.

How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Crockpot

Ingredients

  • one acorn squash
  • 1/2 T. of butter per quarter
  • 1/2 T. of brown sugar (I substituted honey) per quarter
  • sprinkle of cinnamon per quarter

Instructions

  1. After cutting the acorn squash in quarters, place each one in the crockpot with the inside facing up. Fill the middle of the acorn squash with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Using an oval crockpot, bake the acorn squash on low for 3 hours. You can also bake on high for 2 hours.
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Acorn Squash in the Crockpot
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Jo-Lynne from Rose Romano's August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

What a brilliant idea!

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admin August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Thanks!

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Katie August 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I just bought a butternut squash whole for the first time and was wondering how I should cook it! I love acorn squash baked in the oven halved, but wasn’t sure if the butternut would work the same. Thanks for sharing!
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April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I haven’t seen a crockpot recipe for squash prepared this way before. I’m really pleased you shared this!
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Julia @ juliecache.com September 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I never thought to try cooking in the crockpot. I am so trying this! thank you for linking this post to the Frugal Tuesday Tip! http://juliecache.com/2012/08/27/frugal-tuesday-tip-homemade-jelly-time/.html
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Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers September 4, 2012 at 1:49 am

What an easy way to prepare acorn squash!
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Estelle Erasmus January 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I love this -thanks for posting the recipe for it. I never knew that I could make Squash in the Crockpot.

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