Fruity Baked Squash Rounds Recipe - A Delicious Vegetarian Dish

Fruity Baked Squash Rounds

Fruity Baked Squash Rounds Recipe - A Delicious Vegetarian Dish
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4 | Vegetarian diet


Fruity Baked Squash Rounds
Fruity Baked Squash Rounds

Fruity Baked Squash Rounds are a delicious and nutritious side dish that is perfect for the fall season. The combination of sweet acorn squash and tangy fruit filling creates a unique and flavorful dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.


This recipe is a modern twist on traditional baked squash dishes. By adding a fruity filling, this dish takes on a whole new level of flavor and texture. The combination of sweet and savory ingredients makes this dish a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.


Fruit Filling

How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Spray a 13" X 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Arrange the squash rounds in the baking dish.
  4. Combine the orange juice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Drizzle the mixture over the squash.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Spoon the whole cranberry sauce or blueberry sauce into the center of the squash rounds.


  • Try using different types of fruit filling such as apple or pear compote.
  • Add a sprinkle of chopped nuts or granola on top for added crunch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to cut the squash into even 0.5 inch rings to ensure even cooking.

- Drizzle the orange juice mixture over the squash evenly to ensure that each piece is coated with the delicious flavors.

- Be sure to spoon the fruit filling into the center of each squash round for a burst of flavor in every bite.

Serving Suggestions

Fruity Baked Squash Rounds can be served as a side dish alongside roasted chicken or pork. They also make a great addition to a holiday meal.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

You can use apple juice instead of orange juice for a different flavor profile.

- Substitute honey or maple syrup for the brown sugar for a natural sweetener.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the squash rounds and fruit filling ahead of time and assemble them just before baking.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Fruity Baked Squash Rounds on a platter garnished with fresh herbs for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Fruity Baked Squash Rounds with a glass of white wine or sparkling cider for a festive meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fruity Baked Squash Rounds contains approximately 100 calories.


Each serving of Fruity Baked Squash Rounds contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fruity Baked Squash Rounds contains approximately 1 gram of fat.


Each serving of Fruity Baked Squash Rounds contains approximately 1 gram of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Fruity Baked Squash Rounds are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium.


This recipe does not contain any common allergens such as nuts, dairy, or gluten.


Fruity Baked Squash Rounds are a healthy and delicious side dish that is low in fat and calories. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious addition to any meal.


Fruity Baked Squash Rounds are a delicious and nutritious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a combination of sweet acorn squash and tangy fruit filling, this dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by its flavors. It was a warm summer day, and I had been invited to a potluck picnic by a friend of mine. As I walked into the backyard, the smell of grilled meats and fresh fruits filled the air. But it was the sight of a platter of colorful baked squash rounds that caught my eye.

I made my way over to the table where the dish was sitting, and my friend's aunt, Mrs. Jenkins, greeted me with a warm smile. "Would you like to try some of my fruity baked squash rounds?" she asked, gesturing towards the platter. I nodded eagerly, drawn in by the vibrant hues of the dish.

As I took a bite, I was immediately transported to a world of flavors. The sweetness of the squash paired perfectly with the tangy fruits and spices, creating a symphony of tastes in my mouth. I couldn't help but ask Mrs. Jenkins for the recipe.

She laughed and said, "Oh, that old thing? I learned it from a dear friend of mine many years ago. She was a great cook and always knew how to combine different ingredients to create something truly special. I've made a few tweaks to the recipe over the years, but the essence of it remains the same."

Mrs. Jenkins went on to explain the process of making the dish, from selecting the perfect squash to preparing the fruity filling. She showed me how to slice the squash into rounds, scoop out the seeds, and fill each one with a mixture of diced apples, raisins, cinnamon, and a touch of honey.

As we worked together in her kitchen, I couldn't help but feel a sense of joy and connection. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and learning new recipes from seasoned cooks like Mrs. Jenkins is a true delight. She shared stories of her own culinary adventures, from hosting lavish dinner parties to baking pies for her grandchildren.

By the time we popped the dish into the oven, the sun had set, casting a warm glow over the kitchen. The smell of baking squash and spices filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation. As we sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labor, Mrs. Jenkins raised her glass and toasted to good food, good friends, and good memories.

That evening, as I drove home with a container of leftover squash rounds in my lap, I couldn't help but reflect on the power of food to bring people together. The recipe for fruity baked squash rounds may have come from Mrs. Jenkins' dear friend, but it had now become a part of my own culinary repertoire.

Over the years, I have made the dish countless times, each time adding my own twist to the recipe. Sometimes I swap out the apples for pears, or add a sprinkle of nuts for extra crunch. But no matter how I tweak it, the fruity baked squash rounds always bring back fond memories of that summer evening spent in Mrs. Jenkins' kitchen.

As I sit here now, writing down the recipe for future generations to enjoy, I can't help but feel grateful for the gift of cooking. It is a craft that has been passed down through the generations, from my grandmother to my mother, and now to me. And I hope that one day, my own grandchildren will be captivated by the flavors of this recipe, just as I was all those years ago.


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