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Acorn Stuffed Squash With Caramelized Onions & Apples
This fall dish is a healthy option for a hearty meal. You won't even realize that you are missing out on all the starches and carbs from potatoes. The caramelized onions with the tartness of apples make this dish one of my favorites that I cook almost year round.
Prep Time: 00:00
Cook Time: 00:50
2 acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise
1 lb sweet italian turkey sausage
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil, divided in half (1 tbsp for onions, 1 tbsp for garlic)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium apple (cortland, honeycrisp, etc. ), skinned & diced
4 c spinach, roughly chopped
1 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 11 x 9 in pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick olive oil spray.
2Slice the acorn squash in half, lengthwise and scoop of the seeds. Brush lightly with olive oil and arrange in the baking dish, flesh side down. Bake in oven for 25-40 min, until when you press on the tops of the squash, they are slightly soft. Let cool until you are able to handle.
3While the squash are roasting, begin the preparation of the filling. Heat a medium saute pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil over low heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cover. Let the onions saute for at least 20 min, stirring occasionally. You will know when they are done, as the onions to be brown and gooey.
4While the onions are caramelizing, begin browning the Italian turkey sausage (you can also use normal sweet Italian sausage as well). Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the sausage. Brown the meat, until there is no pink left about 5-6 minutes. Transfer into a small bowl and set aside. Reserve the grease from the sausage in the skillet.
5Add the garlic to the skillet with the sausage grease. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then add the apple, salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Cover and let the apples soften, about 5 minutes.
6Add the caramelized onions and sausage back to the apple mixture. Stir in the chopped spinach, until wilted. Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
7Scoop the sausage & apple mixture into the squashes in the baking dish. Turn the oven to low broil and place the baking dish on the top rack (about 5-6 inches from the grill). Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the is a slight crunch on the squash and filling.
8Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh rosemary or parsley. Serve hot.
I have made many variations of this dish and it turns out great every time. Throw kale in instead of spinach, add some fresh tomatoes, or spice it up with some red pepper flakes. If you are vegan, I would recommend using soy chorizo from Trader Joe's for this recipe. It is absolutely amazing!
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