Stuffed Squash

@GardenGerty (87614)
Marion, Kansas
November 16, 2015 4:47pm CST
Mom would occasionally cut an acorn squash in half, and fill it with butter and brown sugar. I did not like it until I was an adult. I went further. I would fill the cavity with diced apples, and dried raisins and cranberries, nuts, butter and a little brown sugar or maple syrup. From there my squash has now become a one dish meal. I use a box of stuffing mix. Into that I put a pound of crumbled, cooked sausage, apples, onions, butter and any extra seasonings. I make it into a moist stuffing. This mixture is loaded into the center of the squash. Any extra nested around the squash halves. This is actually enough to fill two whole squash. I am baking it at 350 degrees fahrenheit, about 180 celsius. It should take an hour to an hour and a half. It just needs to be cooked until it is tender.
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@norcal (3280)
• Nevada City, California
17 Nov 15
I always steam the squash some first by putting some water in the pan and turning the halves upside down first. Then they don't take so long to cook after you fill them.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I did put them in the baking dish but without water. I have also microwaved them. I just baked them while I prepared the stuffing.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov 15
Yum. Do you think it would stretch to three people?
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
It would just depend on what you put in the stuffing. I could have stuffed two squash, which would make four halves, so that should work for three people. You can also serve something else on the side, like a soup, or another veggie and it would be fine.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I had a decent amount of the stuffing left. I will make potato soup tomorrow and serve the stuffing on the side.
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@JudyEv (90202)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 15
@GardenGerty Gosh, you eat well in your house.
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• United States
16 Nov 15
A few years ago I grew too many acorn squash and was baking more than I could eat in a year!
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
The only year I grew butternut squash that is what happened to me.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
@GardenGerty We put them in the basement and a few months into winter my husband went to check on them and they had imploded!
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill Our butternut squash kept really well and I had a white pumpkin that kept for at least two years. I think acorn squash do not have as hard a skin. This is making me want to garden.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
My brother does a stuffed squash as well. He puts a meatloaf mixture in the squash and cooks it, and it turns out delicious!
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
That would be good. Similar to a stuffed pepper.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
@GardenGerty We do stuffed peppers with rice, meat and vegetables and top it with bread crumbs and a tiny pat of butter. The mixture that he makes is more like a spicy meatloaf without any breadcrumbs or anything. He uses a mixture of venison burger and venison sausage when he can, and he adds egg to give it more juice as venison is low in fat. I like your idea of having it more of a stuffing, though. That sounds really good, and maybe we will try it next summer.
@Rollo1 (16666)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Nov 15
Wow, that sounds delicious. I would love to try some new recipes for different kinds of squash.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
My kids and first hubby would not eat them. This is pretty new for me.
@Jessicalynnt (48172)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Nov 15
Oh I want to try this! It sound really good. Seasonings you use?
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
The sausage and stuffing mix were both seasoned already so I did not add anything else. One online recipe said to brush the inside with butter and use garlic salt and onion salt, or powders.
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@kizzyB (200)
• United Kingdom
17 Nov 15
That's something I've never tried, so will have to look into it.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
You can actually use any kind of winter squash. It is really good for you.
• United States
28 Nov 15
Love this as one of my favorite seasonal gourds that I experiment with fillings before baking , so delicious. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful !
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Nov 15
Our Thanksgiving was very nice and full of memories. I hope yours was as well.
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• United States
29 Nov 15
Well the only negative was I burned the stuffing cause I over slept from having eaten the 'wrong turkey' the night before at a catered event I was working . . . the severe headache rendered me out for about 20 hours since I had eaten and before we had me and moms fresh turkey without a bad chemical added @GardenGerty
@marlina (57069)
• Canada
17 Nov 15
That overstuffed squash sounds pretty tasty.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
You are right, it was overstuffed and it was tasty. We made it into a one dish meal last night, as it has veggies, fruit, meat and bread all in one. I could have made more veggies.
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• United States
17 Nov 15
@GardenGerty I like one dish meals
@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Nov 15
That sounds so good! I don't like brown sugar in mine so it only has butter and salt and pepper but yours sounds so much better.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
The additions make it into a meal. Butter, salt and pepper makes it an excellent side dish.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
19 Nov 15
@GardenGerty I'm going to have to try making it that way.
@poehere (15566)
• French Polynesia
17 Nov 15
Now that sounds good. I have a sort of a squash here and maybe I will try this. I think I will need to cook this one longer because it is so big. Good idea and thanks for the wonderful tip.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
They come in so many varieties it is fun to try them.
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@poehere (15566)
• French Polynesia
17 Nov 15
@GardenGerty Normally with the ones we grow here we boil them for soup most of the time or to make poe with them and add coconut milk. This one sounds very different and worth a shot to try it. I think people will eat more of it cooked like this.
@peavey (15380)
• United States
17 Nov 15
Sounds really good! I love acorn squash and usually eat it with just butter and a little salt to bring out the flavor. I might do your stuffing thing on the side.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I have learned to like many winter squash. The stuffing on the side would be good, or even a squash as a Thanksgiving side.
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@peavey (15380)
• United States
19 Nov 15
@GardenGerty I like any kind of squash that I've tried, especially winter squash. Squash at Thanksgiving is traditional! We're having butternut squash soup, so I'm not sure this would go. I'll have to think about it.
@CRanney (451)
• Wingham, Ontario
17 Nov 15
Wow sounds fantastic! I love spagetti squash
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I treat that basically like spaghetti as hubby will not eat pasta. When I worked in the preschool the children loved having spaghetti squash as a food experience.
@epiffanie (8224)
• Australia
17 Nov 15
oh I would love to try that!
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
Are squash available for you. I would think they were as they love hot weather.
@LadyDuck (108854)
• Switzerland
17 Nov 15
I have never tried a sweet version of the squash. The taste should be good, but too many calories.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I do not sweeten mine. It is really lower calorie to eat a meal like last night than meat and potatoes and bread and veggies and fruit all separate.
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@Lucky15 (33389)
• Philippines
17 Nov 15
while reading, i just made that, GULP! can i have some ma'am? :)
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
This is a pretty easy meal, so of course there is more.
@DeborahDiane (14219)
• Laguna Woods, California
17 Nov 15
That sounds like a delicious meal. I will have to try it!!
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I like it when I get new ideas from others. Hope you enjoy it.
• Vancouver, British Columbia
17 Nov 15
Thanks for the idea. I have one sitting on my counter waiting for inspiration. Sounds yummy.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
I love being able to use fresh foods.
@marguicha (76254)
• Chile
16 Nov 15
It sounds delicious although absolutly out of my diet. It must have 2000 calories
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 15
Hmmm, the squash would be okay on your diet, and apples, and onions. You would want to use a lean meat, and maybe make the stuffing with whole grain bread. Eat a small portion.
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• Philadelphia, Mississippi
29 Nov 15
That sounds delicious! I love squash and will have to try it.