Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pinenuts and Cherries

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pinenuts and Cherries
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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Allison Beck

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Squash can be intimidating. Ok, steam it and serve it as a purée, or peel, cube, and roast it until crispy in the corners, tender inside, and with a rich caramelized exterior. Delicious. But after a couple of times, it can get monotonous.

For someone gluten- and corn-free like me, finding healthy carbohydrates to satisfy my hankering can be a challenge. Stuffed acorn squash is one of my new favorite go-tos. Start with sausage, or for vegetarians, a base of brown rice. Supplement with sweeteners (honey or maple syrup) and spices as you wish, then add a variety of flavorings from cherries and pine nuts to something exotic, like pineapple, coconut, and chopped macadamia nuts. You can even try greens — kale, miso, and a garnish of scallion sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

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4
Servings
228
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash, sliced in half and seeds scooped out
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, for brushing, plus more for sautéing
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup, for brushing
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 large yellow onions, finely diced
  • 6 turkey sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup pinenuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Trim off the bottom of each squash half so each sits flat. Brush with olive oil and maple syrup. Season with salt and bake for about 1 hour, or until the flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the onions and turn the heat to medium high. Cook for about 10 minutes or until onions are golden and translucent. Season with a pinch of salt and add the turkey sausage. Cook about 10 minutes, or until the meat is cooked most of the way through. Add the cherries and remove from heat. Set aside.

Once the squash is tender, fill each with stuffing. Bake for about 10 minutes, until everything is warmed through. Garnish with pinenuts and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
21mg
2%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
18µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
8mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
15mg
2%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
64mg
4%
Water
24g
1%

Sage Shopping Tip

Keep both fresh herbs and dried herbs on hand. Dry herbs will last a long time, while fresh herbs have a short shelf-life.

Sage Cooking Tip

If you want the flavor of herbs in your food without the actual pieces, wrap them in cheese cloth and cook; discard before eating.