Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Recipe from Cooking Light

Winter squash goes uptown in Sausage and Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash.

Ingredients

  • 4 small acorn or sweet dumpling squashes (about 10 ounces each)
  • 2 (4-ounce) links sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)

Preparation

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. 2. Place whole squashes in a roasting pan. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until just tender. Let stand for 15 minutes. Halve squashes. Scoop out seeds; discard.
  3. 3. Preheat broiler to high.
  4. 4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove sausage from pan; drain on paper towels. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel.
  5. 5. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in sausage, rice, and next 5 ingredients (through Parmesan). Divide rice mixture evenly among squash halves. Sprinkle evenly with Swiss cheese. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet; broil 4 minutes or until golden and cheese is melted.
Julianna Grimes,
December 2012