Stuffed & Baked Acorn Squash | Impressive Side Dish for Thanksgiving

Stuffed & Baked Acorn Squash | Impressive Side Dish for Thanksgiving

Super healthy AND satisfying – No need to wait until Thanksgiving dinner, make this tonight! It’s seasoned fruits and vegetables, stuffed in a squash shell and baked. Just as easy as it sounds. The taste is amazing! You’ve got to try this!

Stuffed Acorn Squash | Impressive Side Dish for Thanksgiving
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This makes a simple and healthy side dish in November. Great for Thanksgiving!
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Californian
Serves:: 4
  • ⅔ C Dried, sweetened Cranberries , soaked in hot water and drained
  • 1 C Garnet sweet potato (Yams) (or carrot), chopped small
  • 1 Un-peeled Fuji apple, cored, diced
  • ½ C Walnut pieces
  • 2 T Shallot, finely minced
  • 1 t Ground, dried Sage
  • ½ t Granulated Sugar
  • ½ t Kosher Sea salt , to taste
  • ¼ t Ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 Acorn squash, cut in half crosswise, seeds and strings removed, trimmed to stand level from bottom
  • 8 T Vegetable stock
  • 1 C Store-bought seasoned Baguette slices, chopped into cubes
  • 1 T Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas), Dried, Unsalted, to garnish, if desired
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a cup of water in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, add in cranberries, and set aside to soak until needed.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except pepitas, and stir to combine.
  5. Fill squash halves to overflowing, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable stock, garnish with pepitas, place on baking sheet and spray squash and ingredients with non-stick olive oil cooking spray.
  6. Place on a rimmed baking sheet in middle of oven.
  7. Pour 1 cup of water around the base of squashes, and bake for 60 minutes.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil if top is getting too browned.
  9. Can be made in advance, covered tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated; cook one hour before serving time.


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