Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stuffed Acorn Squash

It can't truly be autumn without some stuffed squash, right?! This was a yummy quick recipe that turned out lovely. I even sped thing up a bit by microwaving the squash to soften it up a bit.
Stuffed Squash (Kathy's Pumpkin Patch)
  • 1 medium acorn or 2 sweet dumpling squash
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup Stove Top Stuffing
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in an 11 in. x 7 in. x 2 in. baking pan; add ½ inch hot water. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Drain water from pan; turn squash cut side up. Brush with butter; sprinkle with brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Bake 30-40 minutes longer or until squash is tender.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in flour and remaining salt. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in stuffing mix. Spoon into squash halves. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings if acorn (sweet dumpling squash will stuff 4)

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Momma Kaye said...

I have several acorn squash outside, just waiting to be used. This looks delicious. Thanks! What if you don't want to use stovetop? Can you just use homemade dressing -- or would it be too moist?

Gisela said...

Oooh, I love acorn squash.

jess and seth said...

Would it work with a pumpkin? I have 4 little pumpkin pie pumpkins that I never made into pumpkin pies . . . any suggestions?

Lydia Stewart said...

Jess- I'm sure you could do it with a pumpkin. Lori Walker actually cooks "dinner in a pumpkin shell" and there she kept it very well. :) Seriously though- I'm sure there are fun recipes for that on line- I'm sure it would at least look awesome. :)