I’m so totally weird.

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Guess what? Apparently I like vegetables in the winter… mainly because they don’t seem like vegetables at all. They don’t resembled broccoli or green things. I think we can all agree that squash is sort of like potatoes. Or something. Anything that you can mash with brown butter and cinnamon and brown sugar is so totally not a gross vegetable. I don’t see you doing that with broccoli now do I?

That’s what I thought.

And speaking of brown butter, I’m going to show you the best Thanksgiving side dish ever as soon as I can stop eating it.


Last week when I mentioned the gazillion pounds of squash hanging out on my counter, a commenter (Abigail!) pointed out that I should coat them in cornmeal and fry them. She promised I wouldn’t be sorry.

I wasn’t.


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It also gave me an excellent excuse to fuel my sage obsession. Darnit, I freaking love this stuff in all of it’s freaky furry glory.

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You can make this squash as a side dish or even as a main meal. You can make it with butternuts or some of those other bumpy, ugly squasheseses. You can eat it plain or let it swim in Bone Suckin’ Sauce, which uh…. has replaced every single condiment in my life. I’ve never even been a condiment person and these days I find myself ready to chug that sauce straight from the jar.

I’m disgusting.

And I just realized this means I can no longer harp on my husband for ruining every single dish I make with ketchup. Crap.

But really… do whatever you want with this squash. Seriously. It’s delicious.

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In other news, I’ve developed a really horrific habit of watching Friends on Nickelodeon every night. Like… every single night. It’s on from 11PM-1AM. I watch all of the episodes. I’m normally in bed by my ripe, old lady time of 9 o’clock.


I’m pretty sure I have all the DVDs, so this shouldn’t even be an issue. Someone save my soul. I’ll make you squash.

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Crispy Squash Rounds

serves 2-4 (or uh… 1)

2 acorn squash, sliced into rounds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal

3/4 cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs

6 sage leaves, chopped

3 egg whites, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a wire rack on top of the sheet. Spray with non-stick spray.

Peel acorn squash rounds if desired (this only took me an extra 5 minutes), then sprinkle with salt, pepper, chili powder and nutmeg. In one bowl, add egg whites and lightly beat with a fork. In a second bowl, add flour, sage, cornmeal and breadcrumbs and mix. Coat each squash round in the beaten egg white, then dredge through the cornmeal mixture, pressing to adhere. Gently place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining squash. Right before baking, mist squash with a spritz of olive oil or non-stick spray.

Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip (if desired), mist once more, and bake for about 20 minutes longer, or until squash is crispy and golden. Serve with dipping sauce of choice. I live for Bone Suckin’ Sauce. Garnish with crispy sage is desired.

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This totally counts as my vegetables!

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136 Responses to “Crispy Acorn Squash Rounds.”

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    nellie — November 20, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I’m making these right now! Definitely took me about 12 minutes to peel one squash, though. That… oh man. I don’t think there’s anything I hate more than peeling winter squash. Aside from grating cheese.


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    kaceyt @ om&nom — November 24, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Made these for a Thanksgiving party with friends. They looked absolutely beautiful but tasted a bit odd. What was the texture like when you made them? Mine were mushy:P


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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — November 30, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Mmmm these look delicious. I’m also obsessed with sage right now. I love the smell and texture.


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    Tiffany B. — August 16, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Do you think I could use all purpose flour? I’m sensitive to wheat. It won’t kill me buuut I feel crappy afterwards & would hate to buy a big ol bag just for 1 recipe. What do ya think?


    • Catherine — November 9th, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      Use parmesan cheese instead of flour (I can’t tolerate wheat). I use this when doing baked eggplant for eggplant parmesan.


    • Cate — November 9th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

      You could use Mesa Flour. This is nothing more than corn meal ground to a fine flour texture.


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    Evelyn — November 8, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    AWWW!! Sounds so GOOD! BUT…I do not want to bake mine. I want touse the whole egg and fry them in grapeseed oil. Would the recipe author be offended??


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    Crista — December 14, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    oh my… what a good idea! those look good!!


  7. #
    Angelica Hagood — January 10, 2015 @ 1:22 am

    You are brilliant!! I can’t wait to try all these delicious recipes!!


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    Veronica — July 2, 2015 @ 5:46 pm

    I was just curious if I could use regular flour instead of the whole wheat pastry flour? Just trying to work with what I have and what I’m familiar with.


    • Jessica — July 2nd, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

      yep definitely!



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