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Acorn squash is my all-time favorite type of squash to eat – and when it’s Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash – even better!
This delicious recipe is easy to prepare, ready in an hour or so (mostly baking time), and it makes a great side dish to serve along with roasted chicken, beef or pork. (You could even eat this as a meatless meal if you’d like!)
These Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash are also a wonderful way to enjoy in-season apples and squash. After taking the photographs you see here, we brought the leftovers to a neighborhood house party – and they were immediately devoured!
The spicy, buttery apple filling is the perfect complement to the flavor of the acorn squash – and a delicious taste of Fall!
- 2 large acorn squash
- 2 Gala apples, or other hard baking apple
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose four
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry sage
- 1 cup applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened is fine)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut squash in half horizontally and remove seeds. Pull or cut off stem if attached and on the other end, slice off a tiny sliver of the end so that it sits upright in a pan without rocking.
- Place all four squash halves cut up in a 9×13-inch glass baking dish.
- Peel, core and cut apples into one inch cubes and place in large bowl.
- Immediately cover with lemon juice and toss to coat.
- Add zest, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt, sage and apple sauce and mix.
- Divide evenly between four acorn squash halves.
- Cut the butter into four pieces and press one piece down into the center of each filled squash.
- Pour water into the bottom of the baking dish to come about one third of the way up.
- Cover pan with parchment and foil and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness and bake for 15 minutes more if needed.
- Then uncover and bake for 15 minutes more to brown tops. (Ours took the entire hour and 15 minutes).
- Remove from oven and serve. (The outside squash skin is not meant to be eaten.)
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