Baked winter acorn squash is stuffed with caramelized apples for a perfect autumnal side dish.
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
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Welcome back to #AppleWeek, where all week long favorite recipes for apples are shared and there is a giveaway for fantastic prizes going on. You can still sign up for the give away by going to the Welcome Page. Today I am sharing my recipe for apple stuffed acorn squash.
Acorn squash, and also sweet dumpling squash and other similarly shaped squashes are ones I love to stuff. It is easier to do so rather than trying to simply peel them, due to the ridges along the outside.
Some squash, like delicata, are easily sliced and roasted, but the skin on the acorn is more tough. Other squash, like butternut, although they can be stuffed, the cavities are smaller relative to the acorn, and also, the texture of the butternut is best diced and roasted alone, because it has less water in it overall.
Swiss Diamond very generously supplied me with a paring knife to use when prepping my apples for recipes. I have some tips for paring apples easily for you using the paring knife, which I picked up from watching Jacques Pepin’s cooking show.
Before that, I admit that my knife skills with apples were left somewhat wanting, and I often opted to use a vegetable peeler or cut them in such a way as I could not get nice peeled wedges.
I even remember watching the old Iron Chef show (Japanese) on the Food Network, and being jealous of the way that Hiroyuki Sakai could peel an apple with a full sized chef’s knfe in just seconds flat, showing off his apparent skills.
The first thing you want to do is to cut out the stem and the bottom blossom end, which you can do by cutting a small cone shape in each end and removing that.
Then starting at the top, cut around the outside in a circular fashion, keeping the knife blade close to the skin. I always challenge myself to see if I can get the entire peel off in one piece without breaking it. It can be fun. My dad used to be able to do that easily. I recall as a kid that I’d ask him to peel my apples for me. He thought I was a picky kid who would not eat an apple peel. Truth be told, I liked watching him get the peel off in one section. Every. Single. Time.
You can see I almost had it on this one, but it did tear in a couple spots.
Once you have the peel off, cut the apple in half and core out the center the same way you did the stem, and then cut the apple into very nice wedges. And by then it almost seems a shame to chop that up, but you want it diced small so you can adequately fill the squash cavity.
And after all that fun I have to tell you that I have several old-fashioned apple peelers. The kind that clamp to tables and can peel and core an apple in no time flat. It used to get much more use when my daughter was small, as I liked putting up homemade applesauce and apple butter in jars. Now as an empty nester, I have less need for it.
Once you toss the apples with the other ingredients and stuff the squash, it is easiest to set them on crumpled foil so they don’t move about. Plus if some sugary apple happens to escape the squash, it doesn’t burn up your pan.
After baking, I liked to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on there, which did make it dustier than I would have liked for the pic but it sure tasted nice. I love cinnamon on apples! And from there, it spoons out quite easily as a lovely side dish. I hope you enjoy it.
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Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 Jonagold apple
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon chopped golden raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cut squash in half and scrape out seeds and pulp
- Place halves cavity side facing up on a foil lined baking pan with sides (8×8 square pan?).
- Peel, core and chop apple and toss with melted butter, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pack mixture into squash cavities and drizzle with maple syrup.
- Cover pan tightly with foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes with the foil on, then remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
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I have made squash stuffed with applesauce but never with chunks of apple. Great idea.
I am sitting on a cache of winter squash from our CSA and I can’t wait to turn some of the acorn squash into this. It looks fabulous!