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Delicata or Acorn Squash with Thanksgiving Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 3 large acorn or delicata squash
  • 4 slices day old multi-grain bread, crusts removed and cubed (about 3 cups or 5 oz.)
  • 1 tbl unsalted butter
  • 1 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • ¾ c finely chopped celery
  • 1 ¼ c vegetable broth
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ c unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted

Recipe

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.Cut delicate squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and stringy pulp from the center. Lay cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet and bake until just soft when poked, 35 to 40 minutes. [It will continue to cook in another step, so don't let it get too mushy] Remove from the oven and carefully turn cut side-up.Meanwhile, spread bread on another large baking sheet and toast in the oven until dry but not browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.Meanwhile, melt butter with the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, apple, shallot and celery and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to prevent from browning too quickly if necessary, 8 to 10 minutes total. Let cool slightly.Whisk broth, egg, sage, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the onion mixture and stir to combine. Stir in bread and pepitas. Mound stuffing into the cooked squash halves, about 2/3 cup stuffing each. Return to the oven and roast until the stuffing is hot all the way through and golden on top, about 20 to 25 minutes minutes.

Adapted from Healthy Seasonal Recipes, via Nosh On It

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