Roasted Acorn Squash with Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing
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5 from 2 votes

Roasted Acorn Squash with Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 562kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn Squash, cut in half, seeded and brushed with olive oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread, I purchased fresh bakery style bread with nuts and seeds
  • 2 cups white bread, again, I used fresh bakery bread
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 10 oz fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 lb ground pork sausage, I couldn't find ground, so I used regular sausage, removing the casing first
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 apples, cored and diced into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock

Instructions

Bread Crumbs

  • This recipe calls for a few days of prior preparation.  To get yummy bread crumbs for stuffing, you'll need to break the bread into smaller pieces and leave it out to stale for at least three to four days.  Each day be sure to break up your bread into smaller and smaller pieces.  Of course, life gets in the way sometimes, and you may not have the time to wait for this to happen.  To speed up the process, place slices of bread on a baking sheet in an oven set at 300 degrees F.  Allow approximately 15 minutes for the bread to dry out slightly. Remove from oven and break into small pieces.

Acorn Squash

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut an acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  Using a pastry brush, coat the inside and edges with olive oil.
  • Place your squash open-side-down on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until inside is soft and fork is easily inserted.
  • Remove from oven and set aside.

Stuffing

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Add the onions, celery, mushrooms and sausage and mix well.  Be sure to break up the sausage into little pieces. Continue to cook until sausage is cooked through.
  • Add the dried sage, thyme, salt, pepper and rosemary and fresh parsley.  Stir well.
  • Add the chopped apple, dried cranberries, bread and butter.  Stir.
  • Slowly drizzle with the chicken or vegetable stock.  At this point it is more about your desired consistency than exact amounts.  I estimated 1/2 to 1 cup, however, if you find the your stuffing is still dry, don't be afraid to add more.

Assembly

  • At this point your Acorn squash and stuffing should be complete.  Pile the stuffing on top of the Acorn squash and bake for an additional 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Notes

How to Roast an Acorn Squash - see full post here

Nutrition

Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 1452mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 34.5mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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