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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

This beautiful dish lends itself to infinite variations, all of
them delicious.

You can make this a very quick recipe by
microwaving your squash halves (10 minutes on high power, or until
tender) and filling them with just about anything you have on hand,
such a those great packaged wild rice or pilaf mixes with a few
chopped nuts added, or some sautéed greens.

Try substituting 2 cups of chopped kale for the cubed squash, and corn bread for the stale French bread.

Acorn squash bowls, besides adding earthy flavor and creamy texture,
will make the meal look delightfully autumnal and festive.

3 good-sized acorn squash
4 to 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, strings removed, and diced
1 cup cubed squash (pumpkin, acorn, butternut, hubbard, or kabocha)
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
3 to 4 cups stale French or country bread, torn into bite-sized pieces
2 eggs, lightly beaten (optional)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh sage (or 1 to 2 tablespoons crumbled dried leaf sage)
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 cups (or more) vegetable broth, salted
1 cup (or more) hot apple cider or sweet white wine (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Wash the whole acorn squash and cut them into halves lengthwise. (This will make six bowls.) Remove the seeds and stringy stuff and set aside the cleaned acorn halves.

In a heavy skillet, heat the butter or margarine. Add the garlic, onion, carrot, celery, cubed squash, and mushrooms. Saute this mixture over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender.

In a large bowl, mix the bread pieces, eggs (these give great texture to the final product), parsley, sage, and chopped nuts, if desired.

Add the bread mixture to the sauteed vegetables and stir to mix thoroughly, then add the vegetable broth (salted to taste). Continue to mix, squishing with your hands if you like, and adding broth as necessary, until the stuffing is very moist and soft.

Mound the stuffing into the squash halves, place the stuffed squash bowls on a large baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake until the squash is tender and the stuffing is done, about 1 hour. Or you could place stuffed squash in a baking dish into which you have poured a cup or more of hot apple cider or sweet white wine, leave halves uncoverd, and baste every 15 minutes with pan juices unitl done.

Serve hot.

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Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Destiny Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions International.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Destiny Books, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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1:17AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:29PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010


1:02AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

What a fabulous version of my Stuffed Acorn Squash. I love fruit in spicy/savory dishes, too. The cherries are a brilliant idea. Beautiful! Thanks for the shout out. ;) Take care!

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10:12AM PST on Dec 27, 2009

I might try that, thanks mmm

11:53AM PST on Nov 21, 2007

I've been making this recipe for Thanksgiving for years now, and it turns out perfect every time. Love it! So yummy!

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