Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I have always considered myself to be pretty adventurous with food. Especially as an adult.  But I realized recently that there are so many things that I haven't ever tried.  I don't know why.  Maybe growing up in California I never thought about winter style comfort food.  By the time I moved away from there, I never learned what it tasted like or how to cook it.

So I was thinking, let's try something new!  I religiously watch the Food Network Channel (seriously, it's my jam) and I really credit that network with teaching me A LOT.  I saw a show recently where one of the hosts was making stuffed acorn squash.  I have never tried that before!  The method looked really easy and didn't take long, so I decided to give it a try with my own spin...

Stuffed Acorn Squash




Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 acorn squash, split in half and seeds removed
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 lb hot italian sausage (I used links and removed the casings)
  • 1 C cooked quinoa 
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • honey, for drizzling

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Brush cut sides of squash with 2 tbsp melted butter
  3. Place on rimmed baking sheet (cut sides down) with a tbsp of water and bake for 35 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, saute celery and shallot in skillet with remaining butter over medium heat about 8 minutes
  5. Add the poultry seasoning and cook for another 3 minutes
  6. Add sausage to skillet and cook until brown, 7-10 minutes
  7. Remove sausage mixture to bowl and stir in quinoa, lemon zest and goat cheese until combined
  8. Remove squash from oven and turn over
  9. Scoop filling into the cavities
  10. Return to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes
  11. Serve with honey
This all comes together in about an hour.  The stuffing can be made ahead and then it would take no time at all!  This is a delicious way to eat winter vegetables and the goat cheese really makes it special.  If you aren't a fan of goat cheese, feta or any salty cheese would be a great substitute!

Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!