Instant Pot Maple Bacon Acorn Squash

This Maple Bacon Acorn Squash is a savory sweet side dish fit for any holiday festivity. The warm mashed squash is combined with a drizzle of maple syrup, a bit of melty butter, and morsels of crispy unctuous bacon. Make extras to freeze and serve again anytime!
4 Servings Recipe By Pin Print
Instant Pot Maple Bacon Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • 2 ⅔ pounds Squash, Acorn
  • 1 ⅓ tablespoons Butter
  • 1 ⅓ tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ cups cook and dice Bacon
  • ⅔ teaspoons Sea Salt

Freezer Containers

Supplies

  • Labels

Nutritional Information

  • Not available.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. Wash the outside of the acorn squash.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot, and place the trivet inside. Set the squash on the trivet.
  4. Lock the lid into place and seal the steam nozzle. Select the manual option and set for 8 minutes.
  5. Quick release the pressure. Let cool slightly.
  6. Using oven mitts, carefully remove the squash. Cut in half and remove the seeds. The squash will not be fully cooked.
  7. Place the squash back into the inner pot. Again, lock the lid into place and seal the steam nozzle.
  8. Select the manual option and set for 8 more minutes.
  9. Quick release the pressure. Let cool slightly.
  10. Remove the squash and scrape the flesh from the shell.
  11. Mash the squash and add the butter and maple syrup. Gently fold in the bacon and sea salt.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. **Due to the nature of pressure cooking there is always room for inconsistency. The times given here are based on 4 servings fresh. If you are using more servings you may need to increase your cooking time.**
  2. Wash the outside of the acorn squash.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot, and place the trivet inside. Set the squash on the trivet.
  4. Lock the lid into place and seal the steam nozzle. Select the manual option and set for 8 minutes.
  5. Quick release the pressure. Let cool slightly.
  6. Using oven mitts, carefully remove the squash. Cut in half and remove the seeds. The squash will not be fully cooked.
  7. Place the squash back into the inner pot. Again, lock the lid into place and seal the steam nozzle.
  8. Select the manual option and set for 8 more minutes.
  9. Quick release the pressure. Let cool slightly.
  10. Remove the squash and scrape the flesh from the shell.
  11. Mash the squash and add the butter and maple syrup. Gently fold in the bacon and sea salt.
  12. Divide among the indicated number of gallon freezer bags.
  13. Label and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Transfer the squash to a baking dish. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

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