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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Be Well with Liza
Apple Sausage, and Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash with Balsamic Drizzle is ready in under 60 minutes. Perfect for fall and winter meals and would even make a gorgeous side dish to your holiday meals. Gluten-free and dairy-free.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 481 kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave
  • Small saucepan
  • Medium frying pan
  • 13x9 baking dish
  • Oven
  • Aluminum foil

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked wild rice cooked according to directions on the package
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 apple I used Honeycrisp variety
  • 1 lb chicken sausage, ground Italian or breakfast style
  • tsp poultry seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • balsamic glaze
  • 2 tbsp dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Pierce both acorn squash with a sharp-pointed knife on both sides. Place in a microwave-safe dish and cook in the microwave for 6-7 minutes on high until squash is soft and can be easily cut in half.
  • While squash is in the microwave, heat olive oil in a frying pan and saute onions and apples. Add cranberries in the last few minutes and allow them to soften. Remove onions, apples, and cranberries and set aside.
  • In the same pan just used for onion mixture, cook the chicken sausage until no longer pink, breaking sausage into small pieces. Add apples, onions, and cranberries back to pan and season with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the cooked rice to the pan with sausage and apple mixture, combine well, and heat 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove squash from microwave, cut each one in half, and remove seeds. Place into a baking dish. Divide rice/sausage mixture into 4 equal parts and place into the squash halves.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and place it into a preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze over each squash, if desired.

Notes

I recommend using medium-sized squash that are similar in size so that they cook evenly.  Be careful taking them out of the microwave and when cutting them in half because they will be hot.  The balsamic glaze is optional but adds a great flavor!  Enjoy!
 

Nutrition

Sodium: 1172mgCalcium: 84mgVitamin C: 28mgVitamin A: 1235IUSugar: 12gFiber: 7gPotassium: 899mgCholesterol: 80mgCalories: 481kcalSaturated Fat: 4gFat: 20gProtein: 23gCarbohydrates: 60gIron: 3mg
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