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Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash

October 4, 2014

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5 from 3 votes

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Like many dishes that have “stuffed” in their name, the filling is the highlight of this dish. The filling starts with a rich base of butter and spices. I melt the butter in a saucepan with the spices, and then add browned sausage, nuts, green onions, and pieces of bread. Sausages are rich in flavor and they have a great texture when browned as pieces. I like sweet Italian sausages for the filling. They aren’t too spicy but have a nice little zing to them.

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash - 2Teaspoons

I love to use sage with squash. Like everyone’s favorite couple, sage and squash simply belong together. The sage adds a warm, earthy flavor to the sweet squash. Rub two pieces of sage together in your hands, and you’ll really be able to smell the strong earth flavor that complements the squash and stands up to the hearty spices in the sausage.

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash - 2Teaspoons

I discovered this when I ordered (my first!) pumpkin pasta dish. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but I remember the dish! It was a sausage and cheese ravioli, served in one of those big wide white bowls they have at Italian restaurants. The ravioli was covered with a creamy pumpkin sauce. And there were these amazing little pieces of sage in the sauce. I was surprised at how well I could taste the sage, and how well it tied the sausage and the pumpkin together! I just loved it. The best part is, it works with other fall squash too! Like this stuffed acorn squash.

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash - 2Teaspoons

This stuffed squash recipe is bursting with sage and sausage, along with some other exciting ingredients, like cranberries, pecans, and goat cheese! The cranberries add little bursts of juiciness, and pecans add a great nutty texture and deep flavor. I don’t always use it, but I really like the goat cheese in this dish because it keeps in line with the creamy texture, but adds delicious little pockets of tanginess.

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash - 2Teaspoons

Stir everything together and generously stuff the acorn squash halves. Wrap them in foil and bake them in the oven to cook the squash. Then uncover until the tops of the stuffing are golden. Top with extra pecans, cranberries, green onions, and if you want to be fancy you can even use crispy sage leaves. Happy October!

Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash - 2Teaspoons


Sausage Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash

5 from 3 votes
Acorn squash stuffed with Italian sausage, earthy sage, juicy cranberries, nutty pecans, and tangy goat cheese.
Servings 2
Author 2Teaspoons

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash halved with seeds removed
  • 2 slices of bread toasted and ripped up
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 oz pecans chopped
  • 1 oz dried cranberries
  • ¼ lb sausage
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 oz goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove sausage from casing (if applicable), break up into small pieces and brown in skillet over medium heat until fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat water, butter, sage, salt and pepper in a small saucepan until butter is melted.
  4. Stir in bread, sausage, pecans, cranberries, and green onions until everything is slightly moist. Crumble cheese over mixture and gently stir.
  5. Stuff each acorn squash half, wrap in foil, and bake until squash is tender, about 60-75 minutes. If top of stuffing is not browned, unwrap, place back in oven, and cook until browned, an additional 5-10 minutes. Let stuffed squash sit for about 5 minutes. Dig in!

 


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  1. Avatar for Nikki

    Nikki


    I could make/eat this year round! So easy and delicious!!


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      Karen

      Hi Nikki! I totally agree!!! I would be happy if both fall weather and fall foods were around all year 🙂


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    ashley


    This has become a fall favorite for my husband and I. It is a taste of Thanksgiving in each bite. Such a treat! Thank you for sharing!!


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      Karen

      Thanks Ashley! I’m delighted you enjoyed the recipe. Any excuse to celebrate fall and the taste of thanksgiving sounds great to me 🙂


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    Mary

    Having grown up on a bland diet, while I was making this I kept thinking “I can’t believe I’m putting these foods together!” And it was so good! I’m sold on expanding my diet 🙂 as usual I substituted pumpkin seeds for nuts because of an allergy and it worked well.


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      Karen

      Hi Mary! I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed this recipe! I love creating surprising flavor combinations and am happy to hear they’re successfully helping you expand your diet 🙂


  4. Avatar for Jessica | A Happy Food Dance

    Jessica | A Happy Food Dance

    Yum! This looks like the perfect fall meal – love the addition of sage and goat cheese. I could put goat cheese in everything!


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      Karen

      Thanks Jessica! The sage and goat cheese really worked well with the recipe! They added the perfect amount of spice and creaminess 🙂


  5. Avatar for fareseason

    fareseason

    I love sausage stuffing!! I usually eat more of that than turkey on Thanksgiving. This is a perfect recipe to make it anytime of the year.


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      Karen

      Stuffing is always my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal too! This recipe is definitely a delicious way to hold yourself over until the holidays 🙂


  6. Avatar for Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef


    A meal in a squash. It’s really an outstanding dish.


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      I totally agree Maureen! Meat, bread, veggies, nuts, fruit, cheese, all in one little squash 🙂


  7. Avatar for Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I love the idea of stuffing squash.. something I have never tried before! Thanks for the awesome idea Karen!


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      Karen

      You should totally give it a try Thalia! It taste like a cornucopia of delicious fall flavors, all in one little squash 🙂


  8. Avatar for Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    I absolutely love stuffed acorn squash! So festive and pretty!


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Thanks Liz! I’m really enjoying all the fall flavors and colors 🙂


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