Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash
Dinner is served. I came across this recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook called Pork-filled Acorn squash. I bookmarked it and kept the recipe in the back of my mind. Then one day at the super market I decided to buy some acorn squash. (I have never bought them before and I was a little bit intimidated.) I came home and stored them on my counter for several days… still not sure how to cook them. I decided I needed to use them up.
I got out the recipe book, however, I usually don’t eat a lot of pork so I made up my own recipe.
Take…. Sloppy Joes and stuff it into an acorn squash… you get turkey stuffed acorn squash.
We loved this recipe!!! When eating… simply mix the acorn squash with the stuffed turkey and you will have a delightful dinner.
Aren’t acorn squash’s just adorable vegetables??
This acorn squash is a shaped dark green winter squash (Cucurbita pepo) with a ridged surface and mildly sweet yellow to orange flesh.
When I was scooping out the seeds the girls asked if it was a pumpkin. Nope… it is an acorn squash.
The acorn squash has a very sweet flavor.
I found this adorable poem online… here.
The squirrel’s a brave and brazen sort
Who flies from tree to tree for sport
He hunts for acorns high and low
And saves them up for winter’s snow
When trees are bare, acorns no more
The squirrel comes up to my front door
As if to ask for food from me
“I took no acorns from your tree!”
For acorn’s not my favorite knosh
Unless it’s buttered acorn squash. “
Here is the recipe…
- acorn squash
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- ½ cup onion, diced
- ½ cup green peppers, diced
- ½ cup cooked rice
- 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup ketchup-optional
- 1 Tbsp. mustard
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Gouda Cheese-or any cheese of your liking
- Wash Squash.
- Cut each squash lengthwise in half. Remove seeds and fibers.
- Place squash halves, cut sides up, into an ungreased 9x13 pan.
- Sprinkle cut sides with salt and pepper.
- Pour water into dish until ¼ inch deep.
- Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, brown ground turkey and minced garlic on stove top. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Once acorn squash has cooked, removed from oven and stuff with turkey mixture. Top with Gouda Cheese.
- Return to oven, COVER, and bake an additional 25-30
- Serve warm.
I am sure you could use any number of meats, ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey. You could really take away or add any number of items to your meat as well. Just make it accordingly.
I loved taking my fork, scrapping off the sweet squash, mixing it with the turkey, and big bite of gouda cheese. Let me just say… I will be making this recipe again.
Here is a link of some more yummy acorn squash recipes.
A little side note… I hope to do this fun idea with Jayd for her homeschooling. Here is the link for that.
A squirrel Craft.
As we don’t drink coffee…. we will find some other item to put on our squirrel.