Stuffed Acorn Squash
Acorn squash is an absolutely great vegetable ! My introduction to it was circular slices baked in a brown sugar butter sauce, delicious but a slightly high caloric count dish. Stuffed Acorn Squash is a dish with a very nice presentation that makes a satisfying main course.
This is another of those not written in stone recipes, make it with what ever type of meat you’d like, or make it strictly veggie like a ratatouille in a shell, choices are endless, just awaiting your creative ideas to make this recipe your own.
It’s not a quick throw together meal, but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Ingredients for Stuffed Acorn Squash
The ingredients here are for one squash serving two people.
- 1 Acorn Squash cut in half, seeded, and baked, and cooked squash scooped out
- 2 Tbs butter melted
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs approximate
- Olive oil
Directions for Stuffed Acorn Squash
Preheat oven to 450º
Cut the squash in half lengthwise. If the squash does not sit flat slice off a small section of the bottom to give it a flat surface, being careful not to slice too deeply into the flesh. Scoop out the seeds and brush the inside with the melted butter and lightly salt and pepper. Place into a baking dish and bake cut side up for about 30 minutes.
Once cooked, remove the squash and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides carefully trying not to pierce the skin. Place the squash into a bowl.
While the squash is cooking ,cook the ground beef. When the ground beef is cooked drain to remove excess grease.
Add the ground beef, shallot, garlic,coriander, cumin and mozzarella to the squash stir to combine thoroughly. Taste at this point and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Turn heat in oven to 350º
Fill both squash halves with the mixture, dividing equally to both halves. Sprinkle the Panko Crumbs and a little Olive oil over the top of both. Place into a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes until hot and the crumbs are browned.
Carefully remove from baking dish when done and serve. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream if you like.
Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Pyrex Bakeware 4.8 Quart Oblong Baking Dish, Clear
OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Spoon
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