Want to serve something different for dinner tonight? Try this recipe for acorn squash fondue, from Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian!

Acorn Squash Fondue

Servings = 4

Prep Time = 10 minutes

Cooking Time = 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 2 acorn squash, halved, seeded, and fibers removed

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press

  • ½ cup shredded Gruyère cheese

  • 2 slices white whole wheat bread, lightly toasted and cut into ½-inch cubes

  • ¾ cup whole milk

  • Pear slices (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F

  • Sprinkle the squash halves with half the salt and pepper, then use a basting brush to coat the squash with the mustard

  • Sprinkle the garlic in the squash halves, spreading it around as best you can

  • Divide half the cheese among the 4 squash halves (1 tablespoon each) and then top with the bread cubes

  • Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and then pour the milk over the bread, dividing it evenly among the squash halves

  • Gently press the bread cubes into the milk to make sure they are all saturated

  • Place the squash halves in a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet and cover tightly with

  • Bake for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake until the filling is golden brown and the squash is tender, about 30 minutes more

  • Serve one squash half to each person, with pear slices on the side for dipping, if desired

  • Be sure everyone scoops up some of the filling and squash in each bite

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Recipe and Images Reprinted from ‘Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot.’ Copyright © 2014 by Melissa d’Arabian. Photographs © 2014 by Tina
Rupp. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House LLC.