My mom always made this at Thanksgiving, and it was loved by everyone! It is a great alternative to candied yams or sweet potato casserole. If you don't use all the topping, you can freeze the rest for future use.

Lana

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Roast the squash cut side up on a baking sheet in preheated oven until the flesh is soft, about 50 minutes. Remove squash from oven and cool, then scoop out the flesh into a mixing bowl, or bowl of a food processor.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing 2 1/2 tablespoons butter in a bowl with the brown sugar and flour until crumbly. Stir in the pecans. Set aside until needed.

  • Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 11x7 inch baking dish.

  • Beat or process the squash until smooth. Add the eggs, white sugar, half and half, vanilla, salt, and 2 1/2 tablespoons butter; process until well blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar topping mixture over the squash.

  • Bake squash in preheated oven until topping is lightly brown, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Tip

As a shortcut, use frozen cooked squash for this recipe. You will need 4 cups of squash. Thaw the squash before combining with other ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; protein 4.8g 10% DV; carbohydrates 51.7g 17% DV; fat 14.9g 23% DV; cholesterol 68.4mg 23% DV; sodium 226.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
I loved this recipe. The contrast of smooth center and crunchy topping were great. The only change I made was I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the casserole. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2011
This was just ok for the labor that went into preparing it. I probably won't make again. Sorry. Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
I loved this recipe. The contrast of smooth center and crunchy topping were great. The only change I made was I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the casserole. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2007
I used butternut squash with this recipe as well. I have used this recipe twice: for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Very easy to prepare and it was a big hit for even the ones that didn't usually enjoy squash. Depending on the size of the butter nut squash as compared to the normal size of acorn squash I ended up adjusting the amount of ingredients. For example the butternut squash I obtained at Thanksgiving was much larger than normal so for 2 squash I tripled the amount of ingredients. However the butternut squashed I obtained at Christmas was comparatively smaller so I doubled the ingredients. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
I made this recipe with modifications. I had no half & half so used 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk and omitted the white sugar. It was wonderful! The squash seemed a little soupy when I put it in the oven but it firmed up nicely and became very light and creamy. We loved the crunchy topping and it was a wonderful side dish with ham this past Easter Sunday. The next time I make it I might add some pumpkin pie-type spices (cinnamon clove ginger) and see how we like it that way. Other than that I might get some half & half so I can try sticking closer to the original recipe! Overall a great recipe that seems very flexible and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
I followed this recipe with the exception of butternut instead of acorn squash-- use two butternut three makes too much for the baking dish. This turned out great!! My very picky 5 year old even liked it. The topping would also be good on sweet potatoes. For the last two minutes I used the broiler to help toast the pecans. Great recipe thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
After having sweet potatoes with pecans instead of marshmallows for the first time I HAD to find a recipe! This is absolutely fabulous. Instead of three acorn squashes I use 4 cups of mashed yams from a can (buy 2 of the big yam cans). Excellent!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
Fantastic!!! I usually used frozen squash but never again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2007
This recipe was sooo delicious!!! I made it for the first time for a family fish fry last weekend and everyone loved it!My husband's mom even wants the recipe now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2009
The best new recipe that I made in 2008..made just as stated and it was great!! Could almost use as a desert!! Have made it 3 or 4 times already and my family keeps on asking for it!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2009
This was a hit at our Thanksgiving Dinner although I felt it could almost be served for dessert. It is definitely a sweet dish and I didn;t need to double the recipe even for a crowd of 12 (due to the fact that most people don't take heaping servings of sweet veggies at dinner). My husband (who loves sweets) adored this casserole. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2011
This was just ok for the labor that went into preparing it. I probably won't make again. Sorry. Read More
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