Two Recipes for Stuffed Acorn SquashThis first recipe from elanaspantry.com is a very simple and delicious way to enjoy acorn squash.
Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing
- 2 acorn squash
- boiling water
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened – not refined sugar sweetened)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Cut squash in half and remove pulp and seeds with a spoon
- Place squash cut-side down in a 9×13 baking dish
- Pour 1/4 inch boiling water into baking dish
- Place dish in oven and bake squash for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
- In a large bowl combine apples, cranberries, cinnamon and oil
- Remove squash from the oven after 30 minutes
- Turn halves over and stuff center of each squash half with apple mixture
- Return to oven and bake for 30-35 minutes (or longer) until squash and apples are tender
This next recipe for stuffed acorn squash is a bit more involved but would make a beautiful main or side dish for a special occasion, like Thanksgiving. It comes from ohmyveggies.com.
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 cup vegetable broth or water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened – not refined sugar sweetened)
- 2 tbsp chopped sage
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1 egg, whisked
- 3 small acorn squash, cut into 1/2 inch slices (remove seeds and stringy parts)
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil two rimmed baking sheets and place squash rings on sheets.
- Cook quinoa in broth or water. Allow to cool slightly.
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onion. Cook about 10 minutes, until onion begins to brown. Add apple and cook for about 5 more minutes, until apple is soft. Allow to cool slightly.
- Combine quinoa, apple and onion mixture, cranberries, sage and walnuts in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in egg.
- In a small bowl combine butter and maple syrup.
- Brush tops and insides of squash rings with butter mixture; season with salt and pepper.
- Stuff quinoa filling into the center of each squash ring. Bake 30-40 minutes or until tops are golden and squash is tender.