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Apple Cranberry & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Equipment Needed

  • Frying pan
  • Baking Dish
  • Large knife

Ingredients

*Serves 2 - double the recipe for additional servings

  • 1 medium-large acorn squash
  • 1/2 lb of sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of peeled, diced apples
  • 2 Tablespoons of diced fresh or dried sage
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee
  • Maple syrup for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Cooking the Acorn Squash

  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Carefully cut the stem and bottom off the acorn squash, trying to cut as little as possible. I do this so it can lay evenly on a plate when serving.
  • Cut your acorn squash in half (through the middle width wise, not length wise) and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  • Fill your baking dish with about a 1/2 inch of water and lay your acorn squash "bowl side" down in the dish. I like the addition of water to the dish because it helps cook the squash by steaming and also prevents it from becoming to dry!
  • Place your acorn squash on the middle rack in the oven. Set a timer (or note the time) and check your squash in about 20 minutes.

Stuffing Mixture

  • While your squash is cooking, melt coconut oil in a frying pan on medium-low heat.
  • If the Italian sausage you're using comes in a casing, use your hands to squeeze all of the sausage out of it's casing, it should come out fairly easily. Yes it's kind of gross and weird feeling, don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! 
  • Add your sausage, sage and cranberries to the frying pan. Break the sausage up into smaller pieces as it cooks using a spatula or wooden spoon and stir mixture every couple minutes.
  • After about 5-7 minutes, your sausage should almost be cooked through. At this time you can mix in your diced apples and let those cook for just a few minutes. I like them to be a little crunchy still and not to mushy.
  • Switch your heat to very low so your sausage mixture won't over cook but will stay warm until the acorn squash is ready.
  • To see if my acorn squash is done, I poke it with a knife. If it goes through easily, it's ready. If it still feels a little hard I let it go a little longer and then test it again.
  • Once it's ready, take it out of the oven and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • After a few minutes, carefully flip your acorn squash and place on a plate or in a bowl. You can then add your sausage mixture and garnish with maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or whatever else you think would be tasty!
  • The acorn squash will probably overflow with sausage mixture which is fine, you'll want more to balance out the squash as you get into eating it!
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