This is the most incredible recipe that I make every Thanksgiving.

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 squash halves
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the squash onto a baking sheet cut side down. Fill the baking sheet with 1/2 inch of water.

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  • Bake the squash in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Drain off any water remaining in the baking sheet.

  • While the squash is baking, melt the margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion and apple in the margarine until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a bowl to cool until the squash has finished baking.

  • Once the squash is done, stir the raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and Cheddar cheese into the apple mixture. Turn the squash cut side up on the baking sheet and fill with the apple mixture. Return the squash to the oven; bake until the filling is hot and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 51g 17% DV; fat 13.2g 20% DV; cholesterol 29.7mg 10% DV; sodium 228.7mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
My family was delighted with the squash! I made a few changes in technique. I salted the squash, as another reviewer suggested and also flipped the squash, so that the acorn "bowl" was in the water. I soaked the raisins in 1/2 cup of hot apple juice and then added the apple juice to the apple mixture. Also, I scooped the squash from the acorn and added it to the apple mixture. It was delicious. My brother was literally scraping his acorn "bowl". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2014
Not bad not good either. I most likely wont make this again. Just not for us... Read More
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130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
My family was delighted with the squash! I made a few changes in technique. I salted the squash, as another reviewer suggested and also flipped the squash, so that the acorn "bowl" was in the water. I soaked the raisins in 1/2 cup of hot apple juice and then added the apple juice to the apple mixture. Also, I scooped the squash from the acorn and added it to the apple mixture. It was delicious. My brother was literally scraping his acorn "bowl". Read More
(38)
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
this was delicious. the cheese had me wondering but it ended up making a gooey tasty filling for the squash. only thing i will do different next time is to hit the squash with a bit of salt before i put the filling. great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
Excellent recipe, thanks for sharing. The only thing I changed was that I took the squash out and placed it in a baking dish. I made an indention in the center and placed the filling inside. Yummy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2012
Yummy. I added bacon bits! Tricky part was separating the rind and the squash. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2013
I loved it! I have to echo the hesitation about the cheddar cheese but I used less than was suggested and it really just added to the consistency though I didn't taste much in the flavor. I used dried cranberries and honey instead of the brown sugar. Scooped out the majority of the squash and mixed with the apple mixture just for ease. Was very happy with the result even my friend who really doesn't like cheese was happy with it. Yummy vegetarian meal! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2010
very good used apple smoked cheddar and omitted the raisins Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2013
Absolutely wonderful. My only twist was adding some pepperoni to offset the sweetness and microwaving it to cut the cook time. Cut in half seeded 1.5 inches of water in a bowl and placed it cut side down. Used a fork and poked the skin a bit and 15-20 in the microwave. While it was cooking I prepped the rest and turned on the oven to 350. Once completed almost all the water had either absorbed or evaporated. I stuffed it and put it in the oven so that the cheese would melt. I saw some people mentioning that they were skeptical of the cheese but it makes the dish gooey. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2012
This was very good. It was my first attempt at any kind of acorn squash and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't change the technique other than using the grill rather than the oven. We had a whole bag of golden delicious so I used one of those and since I don't like raisins I used dried cranberries instead. This will be repeated for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2014
I left out the raisins and added some parboiled beets to the apple mixture - it turns everything a beautiful colour and looks stunning against the squash! My husband who generally hates veggie dishes said this was one of his favourite foods of all time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2014
Not bad not good either. I most likely wont make this again. Just not for us... Read More
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