James Carrier
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

Nutritional analysis per main-dish serving.

Ratings & Reviews

rederin's Review

October 28, 2012
This is a fantastic fall dish, and not difficult at all!

rakip1's Review

October 24, 2012
A tasty recipe that can be equally tasty a la vegetarian. Just substitute cornbread crumbs for sausage. Delicious.

tara31's Review

November 05, 2011
Wow - this was spectacular! I used spicy soy sausage for a vegetarian side dish and fresh thyme from the garden. Served with Portuguese Kale and Potato Chowder.

GlutenFreeGirl5's Review

October 18, 2011
Delicious! I used a medium spicy sausage and it was just right. Highly recommend for Thanksgiving or just a get together as it does take a good hour to cook.

shankoene's Review

June 24, 2010
Better with hot sausage because of all the sweet ingredients. Very tasty!

lucille's Review

November 17, 2009
So easy & delicious. Have made in past as written which is great, but this time I substituted chopped chicken apple sausage for pork, omitted thyme & added garam masala & a finely chopped habanero. Served w/ a side of brown rice