Squash Stuffed With Dates and Onion

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This is a refreshing change from the baby food preparation that too frequently befalls the hapless squash. It makes an impressive dish when sliced into wedges and surrounded by roasted veggies.

1
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • cup chopped dates

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock

  • 1 butternut squash

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon and discard most of the drippings, leaving about 2 teaspoons bacon drippings in the skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Cook and stir onion in the hot drippings until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir cooked bacon, dates, oregano, and basil into onion; add chicken stock to thin the filling.

  4. Cut the top and stem from the squash, jack o'lantern-style, and scoop out seeds and stringy pulp. Cut out and discard small button at the bottom of the squash. Stuff the date filling into the cavity and replace the top. Set squash into a baking dish, pour in 1/2 inch of water, and cover with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until squash is tender, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Test for doneness by removing top and inserting a thin, sharp knife into the flesh at the bottom. Slice squash into wedges to serve.

Cook's Note:

These measurements are for a small squash. Pick a squash that has a flat-enough bottom to sit upright in the pan during baking. EAT THE SKIN, it's eminently edible and good for you. If you need more, consider using multiple small squash as they are a little more tender and easier to manage.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
2g Fat
54g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 58mg 290%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 1175mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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