Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Fruit Compote

If you’re looking for a unique and awesome side dish for Thanksgiving, look no further. If you’re not looking for a Thanksgiving side dish, add this squash to your meal plan for the week. Because this squash is awesome.

It honestly reminds me of my favorite Depths of Fall Pie. Both have all the flavors of fall mixed into one dish. I made this the other day because I grabbed some beautiful acorn squash at the farmers market. I came home and headed where I always go when I need a recipe, my Google Reader.

I think the squash I got were pretty big because I ended up only having enough filling for 3 of the halves. And I can’t imagine one of those halves being a side dish. I ate one half for lunch and was full all afternoon.

The other two halves were cut into quarters for a more reasonable amount of food for a side dish. So when you do make this and you’re shopping for squash, keep in mind that you want to serve a half of a squash per person. It’s a lot easier to scoop out the awesomeness when you have a half instead of a quarter.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Fruit Compote

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

2 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 ripe pear, peeled cored, and diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp maple syrup
zest of one orange
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp bourbon
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Place squash cut side down in a baking dish. Add hot water until it is 1/4 inch deep. Bake for 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the olive oil, orange juice, and bourbon.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add apple mixture and cook until the fruit begins to brown, about five minutes.

Stir in the orange juice and bourbon and simmer until the fruit is tender, about eight minutes.

Remove the squash from the oven, our the water from the pan, and turn squash cut side up.

Fill the squash with the apple mixture. Sprinkle walnuts on top. Bake 15 minutes more.

Recipe as seen on Apple a Day, originally from The All New, All Purpose Joy of Cooking


Boston area readers, don’t forget that I’m selling pies for Pie In the Sky. The cost of your pie will feed someone in need for an entire week! Please consider buying a pie for a good cause.

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9 Responses to “Cranberry Sauce”

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You’re right- so easy there’s no reason not to try this! ha!

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    Eliana — November 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Love that this recipe is so simple and easy. A must have for Thanksgiving.

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    Michelle — November 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce! Tastes so good on the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Delicious! Simple recipes need to be shared too…those are my favorite 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This absolutely falls under the this-is-so-easy-and-so-much-better-why-would-I-ever-go-back-to-canned-version territory! I recently made turkey burgers with cranberry sauce dressing and used the canned kind – never again!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    You’re so right…there is NOTHING better than homemade!

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    Kerstin — November 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Wow, this sounds so easy and delicious! I’m cooking for the first time this year and can’t wait to make everything from scratch, which usually doesn’t happen when others in my family cook… 🙂

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    Cassykins — November 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I’m jealous, I want this. I have to eat the stuff from a can because I’m allergic to cranberries and the stuff in a can is far away enough from real that I can get away with it. My grandma used to make cranberry relish which was amazing, but also broke me out into the most amazing hives.

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    Medifast Coupon Code 2010 — November 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I have never understood those that buy canned cranberries when they are so simple to make. Tastes way better than any can.
    Thanks for your nice and simple cranberry sauce recipe.

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