Every season has its own flavor. Spring’s taste is that of something fresh and new. During this season, you can almost taste the newness of the year. Summer’s taste is that of juiciness with a touch of heat, depending on how hot I want to make it. The fall and winter’s taste is one of coming home and feeling safe. No new flavors but unique combinations fill the season and this is so true when you talk about savory sweets along with preserved heat from the past season. This is a simple description of what you will taste in this humble dish. There are very few ingredients so that each flavor has its own chance to shine. The best part of this dish is the fact that it is not complicated and should be very easy for a beginning camp chef to accomplish tastefully.
Camp Fire Recipe: Simple Autumn Acorn Squash
Spray or liquid oil
2 acorn squash
½ cup of maple or pancake syrup
2 Tablespoons hot pepper jelly
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Begin by building a fire to prepare the coals.
- Spray the inside of a 12-inch Dutch oven or wipe it down with a paper towel lightly greasy with cooking oil.
- Prepare the acorn squash by cutting in half and removing the seeds.
- Place the cut-side up of each acorn squash in the prepared 12-inch Dutch oven.
- Place grilling rack above fire.
- Put the butter in a small saucepan that is fire proof.
- Set this saucepan on grilling rack and melt butter.
- Combine the melted butter with the syrup, hot pepper jelly, and cinnamon.
- Coat the cut surface of each acorn squash with the mixture from step 8. Reserve a bit to place in the center of each acorn squash.
- Add the lid to the 12-inch Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
- Arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle. Put the 12-inch Dutch oven on top of this coal circle.
- To the lid, place 28 prepared coals to the lid.
- Cook for one hour. After this time, remove the lid and check for doneness by pushing a fork through each half. Acorn squash is done when the fork easily goes through the vegetable. If done, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals.