Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Keep your oven free for large cuts of meat or poultry and put your slow cooker to work in this comforting side dish that gets finished with a crunchy bacon topper.

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Slow Cook: 4 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2 to 3 hours (high)

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Directions

  1. Cut 1/2 inch off the top and bottom of each squash; cut each squash in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds. Cut each squash half crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  2. Layer squash slices in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add garlic and thyme. In a 2-cup glass measure stir together cider, broth, and brown sugar. Pour over squash in cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; discard drippings. (Do not wipe skillet clean.) Finely crumble bacon. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko; cook and stir for about 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer toasted panko to a medium bowl; cool completely. Stir bacon pieces and chives into panko. Cover and chill until serving time.
  5. To serve, transfer squash to a serving platter. Sprinkle with panko mixture.

From the Test Kitchen

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare squash as directed in Step 1. Place squash slices in a resealable plastic bag; chill for up to 24 hours.

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Nutrition Facts (Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs)

  • Per serving:
  • 87 kcal ,
  • 2 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 3 mg chol. ,
  • 134 mg sodium ,
  • 15 g carb. ,
  • 2 g fiber ,
  • 2 g sugar ,
  • 3 g pro.
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