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Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Honey

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This recipe is a great alternative for your regular mashed potatoes. You know how we get an overload of squash and sweet potato this time of year? Well, this is a great way to throw a different taste on those two ingredients. Here, I’m using a tropical white sweet potato which I grew up eating in Brasil. It has a different texture and a lighter flavor than a regular sweet potato. I am also using acorn squash instead of the regular good-old butternut squash. The brown butter, honey, roasted garlic, and sage brings everything together and all the flavors marry in festive way for fall.

Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Honey


  • 4 acorn squash (sliced in half and seeds removed)
  • 2 white sweet potatoes (washed and unpeeled)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (skins on)
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp butter
  • 4 tsp honey
  • Olive oil to drizzle before roasting


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Drizzle olive oil over split acorn squash and season with a little salt.
  • On a large baking sheet roast squash, whole sweet potato, and garlic in oven for 30 minutes. Remove garlic from pan, turn the potatoes and acorn squash. Return to the oven for another 30 minutes or until potatoes and squash are soft.
  • Remove pan from oven and let cool.
  • Scoop the cooked squash from shell, peel the potatoes, and scrape the roasted garlic from the skins.
  • In a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the butter and stir until it begins to brown. As soon as it begins to brown, add the acorn squash, sweet potato, garlic, salt and sage to the pan. Mash the mixture until desired texture.
  • Push the mixture to the front of the pan and over the back of the pan add the 4 teaspoons of honey and cook until it bubbles and you just begin to see foam.
  • Fold the squash mixture into the honey and blend.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Beijos xx


by Camila Alves McConaughey