Eat by Color APPLE and MUSHROOM STUFFED ACORN SQUASH
Easy, ready in an hour and the most comforting meal for fall. Apple, mushroom and sausage stuffed acorn squash will become your new favorite dinner!
- 2 medium acorn squashes
- 2 TBSP butter + more if necessary
- 1 lb salt + pepper pork sausage, casings removed can easily substitute lean group beef, turkey, or even chicken sausage
- 1 large sweet onion
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 large stalks of celery, diced
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced
- ½ lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced small
- 1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
- ½ TBSP rosemary leaves, minced
- 1 TBSP fresh sage leaves, minced
- 1 large egg, beaten
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ¾ cup shredded white cheddar, mozzarella or gruyere cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Cut squashes in half, remove the seeds and place on a baking dish, cut side down and roast for 30-45 minutes or until flesh is easily pierced. Remove from oven, turn the temperature down to 375F, flip over and allow to cool until you are able to handle it.
- Meanwhile, heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned. Remove sausage to a plate.
- Add 1 tbsp of butter to the skillet along with the minced onion, celery and chopped apple. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and apple is soft.
- Add garlic and minced herbs and saute for 30 seconds.
- Remove onion and garlic mixture to another plate or bowl.
- Add remaining butter and mushrooms along with another pinch of salt. Cook, stirring every so often until brown and buttery, about 5-8 minutes.
- Return onion/apple mixture to the skillet along with cooked sausage and all accumulated juices.
- When squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out most of the flesh, leaving some in the skin for sturdiness.
- Add squash flesh to the pan and stir until well incorporated. Taste, adjust salt and pepper.
- mix in beaten egg and fill squash halves. You may have leftover filling- just add it to an oven safe dish.
- Top with shredded cheese, return to the oven on the same baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and brown.
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
- Eat hot with white wine and a cheesy Christmas movie.
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