Acorn Squash Dip
Of late, my schedule has been erratic for one lovely reason. A grand daughter. So I’m re-posting from last fall – one of my favorite autumnal dips.
Forget chicken wings and nachos! This is what you want to feast on during a football game! Polish sausage dipped into a curried acorn squash dip!!!
If curry scares you, don’t worry, because there are so many ways to flavor this dip. In fact, if you don’t have an acorn squash, you can always use a can of pumpkin or sweet potato!
So here’s my recipe for this dip:
Curried Acorn Squash Dip
1 acorn squash, halved, cleaned of seeds, or a small butternut squash
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1/2 onion, very finely chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon or so curry powder, or 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon
First of all, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the acorn squash halves in a pan filled with a little water. Bake them uncovered for at least one hour; poke them to make sure they’re cooked through.
Set them aside to cool. Once they’re cool, remove the squash from the peel and coarsely chop it.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook over fairly low heat until it’s practically translucent. Add the garlic and stir it in for a few seconds. Then add the squash. Beat it down with your wooden spoon to mix with the onion and garlic, and let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. We don’t want “wet” squash.
Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and warm it up if necessary. Place a ricer over the bowl with the cream cheese, and rice the squash mixture using the disc with fairly small holes.
When you’re done, whisk the cream cheese and squash together. Add the salt and curry powder. Taste and check for seasoning.
The dip is delicious served with pieces of Polska Kielbasa, or with blue corn chips. Serve the dip warm.
note: Like I said, this dip is also good made with pumpkin puree – add a pinch of allspice to it if you prefer it over the curry powder. If you prefer, keep the dip plain with salt and pepper, or add a little dried thyme to taste. Also, you could substitute a creamy goat cheese in this dip. And for my last suggestion, use my white bean dip recipe for a combination white beans and pumpkin dip. Another deliciously easy fall dip!
This looks so interesting and delicious. I’m going to have to try this over the weekend!
A grand daughter! That is wonderful!!!!!
and the dip, super creative, love it…
Thank you! She’s adorable.
This is so inventive. Who wouldn’t love smoked sausage dipped in this golden stuff?
What a great looking dip…happy dipping!
Wonderful dip and congratulations on the Grand daughter what fun you will have teaching her to cook.
You know, I hadn’t even thought about that yet!!!
Lovely dip :) congratulations on your grand daughter xxx
Thank you so much!
Congrats on becoming a grannie, Mimi!
Thank you! I’m trying to think of a grannie name besides Mimi, which is common here in the US!
You’re using a food mill? So proud.
I love that food mill!
What a great dip and with the smoked sausage it would be a sure winner in this house. Congratulations on your granddaughter! Is this your first grandchild?
Yes it is! It’s fun, although at 3 weeks she’s not doing much…
If I remember correctly there’s probably 2 things she’s doing at 3 weeks…well 3 things if we count sleep.
Awwe…a new baby in the family! What a wonderful reason to be so busy! Obviously I missed this recipe from the past as it sounds absolutely perfect for game days! Love the combination of flavors.
Congrats on a grand daughter :)
I’ll definitely have to try this dip sometime, it looks delicious!
Let me also add my congratulations! How wonderful! And my daughter and I were just talking about the temperatures finally feeling a little bit more like fall and we wanted some baked acorn squash. I can’t wait to show her this recipe! So unexpected and it sounds really delicious!
Aww congratulations, this is so wonderful! I love your dip as well, eat extra to celebrate :D
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Another fabulously delicious idea, Mimi!
And big congrats to you and your family!!!! <3 <3 <3