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Sunday Dinner: Stuffed Squash

Today marks the first day of fall, and as the weather shifts from warm summer nights, to cool fall evenings, it's time to put the barbecue away and gear up for lovely Sunday dinners. Although it's still a little early, many squash varieties, such as acorn, are at their peak. To get you into the swing of fall, I thought we'd start things off with stuffed acorn squash. This recipe from Alton Brown is guaranteed to make your shift from summer to fall a smooth one. To get the recipe,

If you prefer, substitute pork with ground turkey or tofu to create another taste sensation.

Even though the ingredients list is quite long, this recipe comes together in a snap.

Stuffed Squash
From Alton Brown via Food Network
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4 small acorn squash, 1 to 1 1/4 pounds each
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/2 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, completely thawed, drained and chopped
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Generous pinch kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Makes 4 servings

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut 1-inch off the top of each acorn squash and scoop out the seeds. If necessary in order for the squash to sit upright, cut off a small portion of the bottom. Put 1 of the 4 pieces of butter in the cavity of each squash. Set squash on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, brown the ground pork until no longer pink. Remove the meat from the pan, add the olive oil and saute the onion, celery, and carrot until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine.
  4. Return the pork to the pan along with the cooked rice, spinach, pine nuts, oregano and salt and pepper, to taste. Stirring constantly, heat mixture thoroughly, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Divide the mixture evenly among the squash, top each squash with its lid and bake for 1 hour or until the squash is tender. Serve immediately.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
OMG that sounds phenominal.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
I grew up eating Acorn squash that my mother baked and we filled the hole in the middle with butter and cinnamon...ah so good!
juliefischer juliefischer 10 years
This recipe is AWESOME! One of my favorite all time recipes. Comforting, super easy, tasty, fall dish :)
Scarlet Scarlet 10 years
Yum, I love squash, I think I'm going to try this out tonight!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
definitely screams fall!
BethS BethS 10 years
This looks fantastic, I'm going to have to try it! I absolutely love squash recipes, such a good comfort food!
mominator mominator 10 years
I love different types of squash. This looks yummy! The ground pork will add a great flavor to the squash.
lexichloe lexichloe 10 years
Yummy fall recipe!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
That sounds really good, I wonder if you could substitute the pork and have it still turn out?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
nice recipe! Just a minute ago, I was at looking at this recipe :P
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