Cranberry Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Nora Rušev | Savory Nothings

This sweet Cranberry Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash is the perfect harvest inspired side dish. The pecans make for a nice crunchy topping!

I’m not a big traditional holiday foodie.

I get caught up in the complicated, the otherworldly, the exciting.

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It’s not always easy. One year I made a lentil stuffing recipe I found somewhere in the thick of the interwebs.

Let’s not go there. I’ll just tell you that it was decidedly not stuffing.

(This is stuffing. And a damn fine one, if I dare say so myself.)

Another year we had spicy shrimp pasta for our Christmas dinner and while it was nice when we were single, it definitely didn’t work for when we had kids and wanted to start writing our family’s story.

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I’m still big on special occasion food you won’t find in a recipe book from 1954 (dare I say it? Sometimes I feel like that’s exactly what Pinterest has become.)

Remove the canned condensed cream soups from your special dinners, people. Remove. Them.

One of my current favourites is a lentil and walnut stuffed sweet potato. It is heavenly.

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash Image

Definitely fit for any vegan or vegetarian guests at any kind of dinner party during the cold fall and winter months.

Though apart form the sweet potato and nuts, there’s not much that’s traditional about it.

But I can also wear my basic mask loud and proud (like when I make Harvest Wild Rice Salad), so I decided to make some stuffed acorn squash with pretty mainstream winter flavours, too.

You need to find the absolutely best tasting acorn squash for this recipe - it is obviously very prominent here.

You’ll bake the squash separately at first while you cook the filling.

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That filling… I’m telling you. Heavy with all the basic vibes: brown sugar, cranberries, cinnamon, apples, pecans… But it is so good.

Even to a person like myself who prides herself in being different. See, I’m so different, I’m mainstream again. #winning

Forget about the otherworldly lentil stuffing this year. Make some hashtag basic Cranberry Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash and bathe in all it’s Pinteresty glory.

Don’t worry, you’ll love it. And if it seems too regular to you, you can always make some Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetiser and be proud of your edgy self.

Go you.

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Cranberry Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn Squashes, halved and seeded, do not peel
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch, mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water or apple juice to make a slurry
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Chopped Pecans

Directions

  1. Bake the squash: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet. Place the acorn squash halves cut-side down on the prepared sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Make the filling: Combine apple juice, brown sugar, dried cranberries, spices and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the dried cranberries look plump and are softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the butter. Stir in the apples and pecans. Set aside.
  3. Fill the squash: Carefully turn the baked squash over and fill with the fruit and nut mixture. Bake for about another 15 minutes or until the squash is soft all the way through.

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Author: Nora Rušev
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 86
Calories 387

% Daily Value*
17%
Total Fat 11g
4%
  Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Sodium 155mg
21%
Total Carbohydrate 64g
10%
  Dietary Fiber 8g
  Sugars 32g
5%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nora Rušev

About Nora

Nora loves to create fresh and easy family meals on her site, Savory Nothings. We're excited to have her as our Farm to Table fanatic. Things are about to get delicious!