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Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

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
Ingredients
  • 3  medium  acorn squash (3-1/2 to 4 pounds total)
  • 4  cloves  garlic
  • 3  sprigs  fresh thyme
  • 3/4  cup  apple cider
  • 1/2  cup  chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2  tablespoons  packed brown sugar
  • 4  thick slices bacon
  • 1/2  cup  panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh chives
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 KitchenMake-Ahead Directions:
  • Prepare squash as directed in Step 1. Place squash slices in a resealable plastic bag; chill for up to 24 hours.
Nutrition Facts (Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 87,
  • Fat, total (g) 2,
  • chol. (mg) 3,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 15,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 389,
  • vit. C (mg) 12,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 20,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 134,
  • Potassium (mg) 378,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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