How to Make Pork-Stuffed Acorn Squash
When cooking for two this pork stuffed acorn squash is the perfect recipe. This fall favorite will make you warm and cozy like a comfort food but has all the health benefits of lean meat and hearty squash.
Hey, everyone, I'm Judith with Recipe.com, and today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make a Pork Stuffed Acorn Squash, a full favorite when it gets nice and cold outside, hearty yet healthy. So what you're gonna need is 6 ounces of ground pork. We have one slice of whole wheat bread which we've cubed. We have half a cup of unsweetened apple sauce, a quarter cup of chopped onion, a quarter cup of celery, a dash of cinnamon, a quarter of a teaspoon of curry powder, and some salt to taste, and right here we have a small acorn squash. It's about 1 pound in total. So, first things first, we're gonna cut our acorn squash. Now, when you look for acorn squash in the market, make sure you get a nice, dark, deep-colored rind and that makes sure it's fresh, so basically we're just going to go down the middle, so, we'll get that with our knife and it might be a little tough but we'll cut it in half. So, once you've cut your acorn squash in half, we're gonna remove the seeds. Now, I often like to keep these seeds and toast them for later, a little bit like pumpkin seeds and they taste great, and they're very healthy for you. Just gonna discard them there. So if you wanna toast them and have them on the side, you can do that. And we wanna see a nice deep color yellow in our acorn squash. In fact, the deeper the color yellow, the sweeter it is, so, depending on if you like your acorn squash sweet or a little bit more savory, you can check by the color. Okay. So once that's cut in half, we're gonna get our baking dish, a shallow baking dish here which we've lightly sprayed with cooking spray, and we're gonna place them in cut side down. So, once they're in the baking dish, we're gonna put them in the oven now so we've preheated our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and they're gonna go in there for 15 minutes. So, now it's time to make that beautiful mix that we're gonna put in our acorn squash, so let's get a large skillet here, we'll put it to medium-high, and we're gonna add in our ground pork. You can use turkey, too, if you don't wanna use pork. We're gonna put in our celery as well and our onions. So now we have everything in our skillet. We're gonna let our meat get nice and brown and our vegetables tender, around about 8 minutes we'll keep it in there. So, our meat has browned nicely, our vegetables are nice and tender, and it's time to add in our spices. So, we've got a little dash of cinnamon here which is such-- it's a really, really wonderful spice to use. It's gonna bring out the sweetness in that acorn, and we have curry powder, another really great kick that it's gonna give to our stuffing mix, and, of course, our salt goes in there. We'll mix that in. We'll give it about a minute and let all those flavors infuse together. It's gonna be a wonderful, flavorful, and aromatic stuffing mix for our acorn. And so now we can add in our apple sauce...and our bread cubes. And what a wonderful mix. That is just looking great. The colors, the flavors. You can smell that cinnamon and curry all infused in there. Fantastic. So, once we've stirred all that in, we can set that aside and that's gonna be ready to put into our acorn squash. Fantastic. So, we have taken our squash out of the oven. We've turned them cut side up and they are just looking and smelling fantastic, so now it's time to stuff them with our pork mixture that we have here. So, all we need to do is load them in those holes there. Oh, that's looking good. Fill them up to the top like so. So we're gonna put that back in the oven now, uncovered, for another 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Well, we've taken our squash out of the oven after 20 minutes with the stuffing in and now it's just beautiful, nice and golden brown at the top. The inside of the squash is nice and soft, and that is ready to serve up now. I would just spoon that out and that's your dinner. So there you go, that's how you make a Pork Stuffed Acorn Squash. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to Recipe.com.