This relatively simple recipe makes a lovely presentation as a side or main dish. Delicata squash is a mild squash similar to butternut, which is a suitable replacement squash if you cannot find delicata. This is a great recipe for experimentation. Consider adding to your turkey mixture: red bell pepper, curry, or pine nuts. For a filler, you could add brown, white, or wild rice. Or experiment on your own. Enjoy!


Recipe Summary

38 mins
58 mins
20 mins
4 squash halves


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Place squash cut side-down on a shallow baking dish with about 1/2 inch water at the bottom.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until fork-tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add turkey, bacon, garlic, turmeric, cumin, safflower, and sea salt; cook and stir until turkey is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Add chard and just enough broth to create steam. Cook until chard is wilted and liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes.

  • Drain any remaining liquid from under the squash. Flip squash cut side-up. Spread goat cheese equally over each squash half; fill cavities with the turkey mixture.

  • Toss bread crumbs and butter together lightly in a bowl; spread evenly over the squash halves. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Return squash to the oven and bake under the broiler, watching closely, until bread crumbs are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If using a convection oven, bake squash at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

You may substitute any mild green for the chard.

Nutrition Facts

302 calories; protein 17.2g; carbohydrates 19.1g; fat 19.2g; cholesterol 62.2mg; sodium 318.2mg. Full Nutrition