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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8 Responses to “Stuffed Strawberries”

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    Joelen — July 31, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    These are such an elegant treat especially for guests. I like using a cream cheese filling for them!

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    Jen — July 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Yep, that’s how I’ve always seen it, with cream cheese filling. It’s definitely a great way to use up leftover frosting though. I’m sure any cream-cheese based frosting would be delicious.

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    Gail — August 1, 2008 at 3:44 am

    I love the idea of an inside-out chocolate covered strawberry! I will definitely be trying this!

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    oneordinaryday — March 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    So pretty. I wonder if nutella would work too.
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    Chic Cookies — March 22, 2009 at 2:13 am

    These are so great! I love the idea (and the party theme is inspired). I posted a link for my edible crafts column to your blog at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. Hope to bring you a few more clicks! Thanks for sharing, Meaghan

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    Oakley Rhodes — March 22, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Love it! I’m impressed by those that can keep “leftover” frosting around the kitchen – it’s usually eaten up by my housemates before any can be put away.

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    lindsey — June 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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    lindsey — June 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    hey jen,
    i’m thinking of making these for dad’s fourth of july party, along with the strawberry and blueberry cupcakes and of course the layered cookie cake we made last year. i’ll let you know what everyone thinks of them!
    -lindsey

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