Roasted Squash Stuffed with Corn Bread Dressing

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Katie Stoddard

You can make the Maple Corn Bread and toast it ahead. Roast the squash and refrigerate it up to 2 days. All you'll have to do on Thanksgiving day is assemble the dish and bake it.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed squash half)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 398
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 10.2g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 74.2g
  • Fiber: 7.7g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg
  • Iron: 3.8mg
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Calcium: 198mg

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

Preparation

  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.
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