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Vanilla Bourbon Baked Balsamic Acorn Squash

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  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, I used vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • few pinches of nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a bowl, mix syrup, vinegar, lemon juice, vanilla and bourbon together. Cup acorn squash in half and brush mixture on top with a pastry brush. Set squash cut side up in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush mixture over squash again. Pour remaining mixture into each squash cavity equally. Top with 1 tablespoon butter each and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Bake for 20 more minutes.


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