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Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Place all four squash halves cut up in a 9×13-inch glass baking dish.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into one inch cubes and place in large bowl.
  5. Immediately cover with lemon juice and toss to coat.
  6. Add zest, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt, sage and apple sauce and mix.
  7. Divide evenly between four acorn squash halves.
  8. Cut the butter into four pieces and press one piece down into the center of each filled squash.
  9. Pour water into the bottom of the baking dish to come about one third of the way up.
  10. Cover pan with parchment and foil and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness and bake for 15 minutes more if needed.
  11. Then uncover and bake for 15 minutes more to brown tops. (Ours took the entire hour and 15 minutes).
  12. Remove from oven and serve. (The outside squash skin is not meant to be eaten.)