Honey Mustard Acorn Squash; bacon vs dry-cured ham

Everyone in the US seems to be bacon-crazy lately, despite the food police declaiming that it’s only a few degrees safer than arsenic.

I don’t use a lot of bacon….


I use a lot of ham (there are 3 types).

Well, not a lot, really. It has so much more flavor than bacon that a little goes a long way.

I’m talking about dry-cured ham… Prosciutto, Serrano, Bayonne styles of ham, not the big pink ham one bakes for Christmas.

Bacon is not popular here.

I can buy sliced bacon – 1 choice of very thin, not very flavorful bacon; or chopped bacon – 1 choice of the same.

For the dry-cured ham I have a choice of 30 plus hams in the meat counter waiting to be sliced ranging in price from $5.00 per lb to $35.00 per lb or more.

And this is France….. In Spain there would be twice that many.

I usually buy the Bayonne, as it is reasonably priced and relatively local. In my recipes I usually call for Prosciutto, because most people are familiar with it. Any dry-cured ham works as a substitute.

Or even bacon.

As to the ham I bake for Christmas….. I order that from England.

That’s also not popular here, although there are usually 5 or 6 ‘pressed’ hams in the meat counter that are sliced thinly for sandwiches.

Honey Mustard Acorn Squash

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 small acorn squash, cleaned and quartered from stem end
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 tsp butter
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 8 sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 slices prosciutto or other dry-cured ham, torn into small pieces

Honey Mustard Acorn Squash


  • Brush squash with a bit of olive oil, place on a baking tray and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 25 minutes or until done. 
  • 10 minutes before squash is ready:
  • Mix mustard and honey.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet
  • Add ham, sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove squash from oven. Place 1 tsp butter in each quarter.
  • Spoon 1 1/2 tsp honey / mustard on top of the butter.
  • Bake 2 – 3 minutes longer.
  • Remove and put on plates. Drizzle remaining honey / mustard over the top, garnish with ham, sage and serve.

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I haven’t taken any new photos of the girls lately – so here you are:


Are all dogs ‘door dogs’?

My two absolutely love to lie in doorways. Even better if they can lie on either side, totally blocking it for human traffic.

Maybe they’re trying to train the humans to offer treats for safe passage.

They don’t move easily…. Usually, one just gets the ‘step around me, you idiot’ look.

They were not pleased with this photo (don’t you hate it when someone takes candid shots?)

So here’s a proper Bonnie:


And a better Guapa:


I had to put their scruffy winter rugs down, replacing the pretty summer rugs. Winter rugs take a lot of abuse with the mud.

They have scruffy winter beds, too.

Last update on December 16, 2015

5 thoughts on “Honey Mustard Acorn Squash; bacon vs dry-cured ham”

  1. Katie – too bad you do not have access to Canadian Bacon! The kind I buy is thick cut, naturally smoked, no sulfates or nitrates, and much more flavorful than the prosciutto we can get here. Years ago the only bacon we would buy was an imported Danish Bacon that came in a can – it was called “Tulip Brand” again thick cut and naturally smoked. Have not seen that bacon in years, but this new brand we can get is as good. I would sorely miss my bacon or ham for that matter – but at least you can get a good ham from England. They too, I have heard have great bacon.

  2. My dog usually laid in any place where I would have to step over her, and when I was in mid-step, she would scramble up, nearly upending me. I never learned to expect that and she never learned to simply lie still!

  3. Tanna, if the door is wider they stretch more to fill….

    Ina, I’ve never found Prosciutto to be very flavorful – unless it’s the good stuff in Italy, but our ham is wonderful and very flavorful. British bacon is a bit, er, insipid as well, I think. They, of course, love it….

    Zoomie, I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve kicked a dog in the head while stepping over and them popping up. They never learn to be still. Now I try to remember to put a hand down…..

    kate, mine are on their rugs or blankets all winter – and next to then all summer. I just leave the outdoor door open…. one more place to have to step over. Sigh…

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