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Posts Tagged ‘stuffed squash’

I Stuffed An Acorn Squash

Posted by terrepruitt on October 21, 2014

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I used the original amount of mushrooms and sausage.  I wasn’t sure how it would cook up.  So I just went with what I knew (seven mushrooms and 1/4 pound of sausage).  At the point when the sausage and mushrooms were done cooking and mixed together, that is when I decided I only needed half of it.  So half of it went into the fridge for another meal before I added any of the other ingredients.  But I used the same amount of herbs . . . a little less cream and one less piece of bread.  The recipe below is the ADJUSTED one.

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1 1 pound Acorn Squash
some olive oil
salt
three mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/8 pound sausage
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 cup cheese (small chunks)
2 tbsp ricotta
1 tbsp sherry
less than 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
handful of spinach
three slices bread – toasted and cubed

Wash the squash since you are planning on eating the entire thing!  Cut the acorn squash in half.  Scoop out the seeds.  Rub a little oil in the acorn squash and on the outside, salt inside and out, then place the halves – cut side down – on some aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes (check it after 20 minutes to see if you want to flip it over or not – up to you.  It depends on how cooked the edges are getting.) After the 45 minutes you want it to be cooked, but not cooked so much it can’t stand another 45 minutes to an hour in the oven).

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Mix the mushrooms and the sausage in a bowl.  Add the rosemary and thyme.  Mix in the remaining two cloves of garlic and the onions.  Mix in the cheese.  Mix in the sherry.  Pour a small amount of cream into each acorn half.  Then use more cream to moisten the rest of the ingredients.  As the list of ingredients state I used less than 1/4 cup.  I did not use the full 1/4 cup. Add the spinach and bread cubes last.  Mix it all carefully.

Spoon the mixture into the pumpkin.  I used the spoon to press the mixture down into each half.  I really pressed the ingredients in because I wanted it all to fit.  Then on my half I put most of the left-over-from-the-handful of spinach.

Put the squash in the oven for 45 minutes.  After about 20 minutes check on it.  The squash is done when you can gently pierce its side with a sharp object.  Check to verify the inside is cooked to your liking.  Since the mushrooms and the sausage are already cooked it is just a matter of it heating up, melting the cheese, and letting all the flavors blend.

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I served it with a green salad.  But we have salad pretty much every night.

This was good.  I liked it.  It was not as good as the Sugar Pumpkin, though.  My husband said it was as good, but I don’t think so.  I think the sugar pumpkin had a better flavor.  The pumpkin itself added to the dish.  The acorn squash tasted like squash.  Which is fine, I like squash, but it didn’t help kick this dish out of the park!

As I said, this is exactly like the stuffed pumpkin except it is an acorn squash.  But I did want to document the adjustments.  🙂

I am learning a lot of people don’t like winter squash.  Do you?  What type of winter squash do you like?  Have you ever cooked with a sugar pumpkin (besides making a pie)?

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Beef A Top A Squash

Posted by terrepruitt on June 7, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaAnother quick post.  I often have a vague idea of what I am going to cook for dinner then I forget as the day goes on.  Either I am teaching Nia, learning a Nia routine, or at the moment going through my mom’s stuff.  So I find myself walking into the kitchen and not knowing what to cook.  Yesterday I was on the phone with my husband and it was already past starting-dinner-time and I didn’t even know what to make.  I had purchased some ground beef but had no plan as to what to do with it and I had forgotten about it.  When I looked in the fridge I saw it and the butternut squash I bought.  Ooo!  Stuffed squash.  Actually it is more like Topped Squash.  It is somewhat easy . . . except for making space in squash.  I was trying to do it in a manner that saved the squash innards for roasting (perhaps you will notice the cut up pieces of squash in the picture).  That was the difficult part.  Needing so much concentration I forgot to take pictures.  I emptied out the small portion where the seeds are (easy), but I wanted more room for meat (not so easy).  So I cooked then cut (I would not recommend that).  I would recommend just skipping that part and making room using a spoon before baking it.

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Beef Topped Butternut Squash

1 butternut squash
olive oil
1/4 of an onion, chopped
1 lb of beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt
pepper
1 cup of shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 450° F.  Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise.  Remove the seeds and enough of the insides to make a “boat” in which to place the beef.  Coat both sides of each half in olive oil.  Salt both sides of each half.  Place each half face down on parchment paper on pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, heat the oil and onion.  Once the onion is translucent, add the beef.  Add the salt and garlic.  Cook the beef until it is almost completely cooked.  Add the pepper.

When the first 15 minutes are done, turn the squash over and bake for another 15 minutes, salting again, at this time, if that is your preference.  After the second 15 minutes of cooking . . . . check the squash.  If it seems cooked all the way through, salt it again and then fill each half with the beef and top with shredded cheese.  Bake until the cheese is melted.

This is very rich and very filling.

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I didn’t think about how much this was like the stuffed pumpkin I once cooked.  Although the stuffed pumpkin was much more “complicated”, as in it had more ingredients and a bit more complex flavors.  This was very good, I thought.  And since we usually eat ground turkey and not ground beef that much this was very rich.  I feel that beef is more “rich” than turkey.  It was very good.  And, had I not been trying to save the portion of squash that needs to come out to make room for the meat it would have been easy.  So if you are not interested in making nice chunks of squash to roast along side the halves this is an easy recipe.  And very yummy and rich.  Good dietary fiber!

Do you like stuff/topped squash?  What would you top yours with?

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