Autumn Stuffed Acorn Squash

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I only make this recipe in autumn since the flavors are so fall-like. The hint of maple syrup and warm cranberries really sets it off. This is nice enough for company and pairs wonderfully with crusty bread and a full bodied white wine. My hubby starts asking for it as early as late August!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 halves

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dark brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut in small pieces

  • 1 (16 ounce) package maple-flavored breakfast sausage

  • 1 cup cooked wild rice

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup chicken stock

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Arrange squash halves, cut-side up, in a roasting pan. Run a fork through the meat of each half, creating grooves. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; dot with butter pieces.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until meat is tender enough to puncture with a fork, 30 to 40 minutes.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Add wild rice, cranberries, and chicken stock; cook and stir until rice and cranberries have absorbed the chicken stock, about 5 minutes.

  5. Spoon the sausage filling into each squash half. Return stuffed squash to oven and bake until flavors have blended, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If maple-flavored sausage is not available, use regular flavor sausage and add 1 tablespoon maple syrup to sausage during cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
28g Fat
49g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1085mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 29mg 146%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1195mg 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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