A sweet, spicy and savory recipe to delight guests at your Autumn and Winter gatherings

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (October 24, 2011) – Tim Grandinetti, special events chef for TW Garner Food Company, recently developed a winter squash recipe to transform a simple vegetable into something special. The result, an Acorn Squash “flavor bomb” fitting the chef’s high-energy personality. Enjoy.

Roasted Acorn Squash w. Texas Pete® Chipotle Hot Sauce, Honey & Bacon

  • 2 each Acorn Squash, washed thoroughly & cut 1/2
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Black Pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Texas Pete® Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • .25 lb. Bacon, thick cut, sliced into lardons, cooked until crispy
  • 1/4 bunch Scallions, bias cut
  • 1 each Leeks, julienne, baked in 200° oven for 12-14 minutes


  1. Heat oven to 325°
  2. Season Acorn squash with salt and pepper.
  3. Place Acorn Squash flesh side down on lightly oiled baking sheet tray. Roast for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Remove Acorn Squash from oven & invert.
  5. Combine butter, Texas Pete® Chipotle Hot Sauce, brown sugar, and honey – drizzle atop Acorn Squash.
  6. Roast for an additional 18 to 20 minutes.

To serve:
Cut Acorn Squash into quarters & generously garnish with bacon lardons, chopped scallions & crispy baked leeks.

Grandinetti also developed a host of Thanksgiving recipes including an alternative to the traditional turkey gravy – the Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce & Bourbon Scented Apple, Scallion, & Rosemary Jus for Poultry. And, as a special treat during the after-dinner football snack time, a new sandwich – the Texas Pete® Turkey Hot Brown featuring Roasted Tomato, Bacon, & Texas Pete® Mornay Sauce atop Cheddar & Chive Biscuits. For all these recipes, visit the Texas Pete® Web site recipe page at www.TexasPeteRecipes.com.

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