A Symbol of Fall… Stuffed and Baked Acorn Squash
 
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Ingredients
  • 1 acorn squash, medium sized
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 hot Italian sausage links
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • ½ cup spinach, frozen, completely thawed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Chop the onion, celery ribs and carrots into small pieces and keep aside.
  2. Chop the thawed spinach.
  3. In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil.
  4. Remove the casing from the sausage links and crumble into the hot oil.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, till the meat is dry.
  6. Drain the meat and keep aside.
  7. Add the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
  8. Add the chopped onion, celery and carrots and cook over medium heat, till they start to turn brown around the edges.
  9. Add the wine and keep stirring for 2 to 3 minutes to evaporate the alcohol content.
  10. Add the sausage meat, cooked rice and spinach. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  11. Add the oregano and salt and black pepper to taste.
  12. Remove from the heat when fully dry and heated through.
  13. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees farenheit.
  14. Cut the acorn squash into two and remove the seeds and roughage from the inside.
  15. Cut small pieces off the ends to make the halves sit well.
  16. Rub salt inside the squash halves along the cut edges.
  17. Cut the butter into two pieces and drop into the squash halves.
  18. Fill the squash halves with the stuffing till heaped full, without pressing down.
  19. Fashion a loose tent over the squash, using aluminum foil.
  20. Place the filled, tented squash halves on a baking tray lined with parchment.
  21. Place in the oven and bake for an hour.
  22. Ten minutes before the hour is up, remove the aluminum foil and continue baking.
  23. When ready, remove from the oven and serve hot.
Recipe by Pepper Route at http://pepperroute.com/a-symbol-of-fall-stuffed-and-baked-acorn-squash/