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Roasted Squash Stuffed with Corn Bread Dressing

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Katie Stoddard
Yield

10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed squash half)

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without a side of squash or dressing, now would it? This holiday staple hybrid simplifies the menu without the expense of losing the beloved fall feast favorites. Prep-ahead tip: You can save time and stress in the kitchen by making the Maple Corn Bread and roasting the squash (refrigerate up to 2 days) in advance. Which means all you'll have to do on Thanksgiving Day is assemble and bake. 

Ingredients

  • 7 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Maple Corn Bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 5 acorn squash (about 1 pound each)
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 398
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 10.2 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 3.8 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 6.5 g
  • carbohydrate 74.2 g
  • fiber 7.7 g
  • cholesterol 16 mg
  • iron 3.8 mg
  • sodium 732 mg
  • calcium 198 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Arrange corn bread cubes in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until corn bread is toasted, stirring twice. Set aside.

  3. Decrease oven temperature to 350°.

  4. Cut each squash in half lengthwise, and discard the seeds and membranes. Place the squash, cut sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Coat the squash with cooking spray. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over squash. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove the squash from pan.

  5. Place cranberries, currants, and 2 cups boiling water in a bowl. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

  6. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 5 minutes. Add celery, carrot, sage, and garlic; saute 3 minutes.

  7. Combine toasted corn bread cubes, cranberry mixture, onion mixture, broth, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, tossing to coat.

  8. Spoon about 1 1/2 cups dressing mixture into each squash half. Place the squash halves in pan, cut sides up.

  9. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the tip of a knife pierces squash easily.

  10. Totals include Maple Corn Bread.