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Stuffed Acorn Squash

James Carrier
Yield

Makes 4 main-dish or 8 side-dish servings

Kathleen Moretto was in the mood for something simple and seasonal when she came up with this baked, stuffed acorn squash. She serves the halves with cornbread as a main dish, or cuts the squash into quarters to serve as a holiday side dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash (about 1 1/2 lb. each), rinsed
  • 8 ounces bulk pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 sweet apples such as Fuji (1 lb. total), peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 400
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • protein 8.4 g
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • carbohydrate 70 g
  • fiber 12 g
  • sodium 356 mg
  • cholesterol 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut each squash in half crosswise; scoop out seeds. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half so it can stand upright. Place each half, cavity side down, in a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and cover pan tightly with foil. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until tender when pierced, 45 to 50 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, stir sausage until it is crumbly and just slightly pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off and discard fat. Add onion, apples, raisins, cranberries, and thyme; stir often until apples are tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in pecans.

  3. Uncover squash and turn halves upright; fill equally with sausage mixture. Drizzle equally with maple syrup and bake, uncovered, until filling is slightly browned on top, about 15 minutes longer.

  4. Nutritional analysis per main-dish serving.