Acorn Squash and Apple Puree

  • 1 acorn squash, halved; seeds and string discarded
  • 1 golden delicious apple, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste if desired

Arrange the squash, cut sides down, in a glass dish, prick the skin all over with the tip of a sharp knife, and microwave the squash at high power (100%) for 10 minutes. Put the apple in a 1 or 2 cup glass measuring cup, cover it with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and microwave it and the squash at high power (100%) for 4 to 6 minutes, or until they are tender. Scoop out the squash, discarding their skin, pour off any liquid from the apple, and force the squash and the apple through the medium disk of a food mill into a bowl. Stir in the nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.