Whole Acorn Recipes

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Acorn Hotdish

4 cups Acorns
1 small onion, chopped
½ tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 cups soft breadcrumbs (4 slices of bread)
2 eggs
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup oats
3 cups cubed cheese (1 lb)

1.  Cook acorns in water until they are soft.  (Skip this step if using frozen acorns).
2.  Mash acorns somewhat with a potato masher.
3.  Combine with remaining ingredients.
4. Add a little water if it seems dry.
5. Spread into a greased 9×9 square pan or 9×5 loaf pan.
6. Sprinkle sesame seeds and oats over the top.
7. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Acorn Burgers

This recipe is an old favorite of mine from The Farm cookbook.  It is originally intended for leftover soybean pulp from making soy milk and tofu, but it adapts quite nicely to acorns!

5 cups rehydrated acorn meats
2 tsp salt
1 cup oats or 1 cup flour
½ tsp pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 onion, finely chopped

1.  Mash the acorns with a potato masher
2.  Mix all ingredients together.  The batter should be quite stiff.
3.  To make patties, roll into a ball about the size of an apricot, flatten to about ½” thick.
4.  Fry in a generous amount of oil so they’ll be crispy on the edges.

Serve just like a hamburger or veggie burger, on bread with all the fixings.

Chili Con Acorn

I have to give credit to Sam Thayer for this one.  He serves up Acorn Chili every year at the Midwest Wild harvest Festival here in Wisconsin.  This isn’t his recipe, but it’s his idea, and it’s a good one!

4 cups acorns, rehydrated
1 lg onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp Tabasco sauce
1 can (16oz) chopped tomatoes
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans

1.   Saute acorns with onion and garlic in a heavy-bottomed pot.
2.   Stir in remaining ingredients.
3.   Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour.

Note:  A crockpot works great for this recipe, you can give it a long slow simmer that way without having to worry about scorching it. 

Acorn “Meat”loaf

If using dried acorn meats, you will need to rehydrate them before mixing the ingredients.  I rehydrate them by simmering in water until they are soft, much like cooking beans.

4 cups Acorns, somewhat chopped or mashed
1 cup milk
1 tsp dried sage leaves
1 tsp salt
½ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp pepper
3 slices of bread, torn into small pieces OR ¾ cup oats OR ½ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ cup barbecue sauce

1.  Mix together all ingredients except barbecue sauce.
2.  Shape mixture into a loaf pan.
3.  Spoon barbecue sauce over the top.
4.  Bake at 350 for about an hour.