Every now and then I try to introduce a new dish, fruit or vegetable into our diet and meals. If you’re anything like me sometimes I can get stuck cooking the same dishes over and over and over again.
While at the grocery store last week I came across some acorn squash. Never had it and never thought I will, but I thought I’d give it a try. Now, I had no clue what I was going to do with it until I read the sticker on it. The sticker shared a couple ways to prepare it.
1. Microwave it for 5-6 minutes per pound. Slice it in half, remove seeds and and add Brown sugar.
2. Put sausage in it and can’t remember the other ingredients.
So, I decided to take my stuffed bell pepper approach:
1. Acorn Squash (2 qty or the amount needed to serve each family member 1/2 of the squash)
2. Goya Rice (any flavor you’d like or any rice that you prefer)
3. Turkey Bratwurst Sausages (3qty)
5. Shredded Cheese
6. Ricotta Cheese
7. Feta Cheese (not necessary)
8. 2 eggs (or more depending on how many squash you have to prepare)
9. Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Cook rice according to directions. Cook bratwurst, rinse acorn squash, poke holes throughout squash and place in microwave 5-6 minutes per pound.
After removing from microwave
Cut in half and remove seeds
After seeds have been removed rinse before stuffing.
Place bratwurst in skillet and cook
When they’re done cut 3 bratwurst up in small pieces and try not to eat them 🙂
Prepare stuffing mix:
Pour cooked rice in bowl (approximately 1/3 of cooked rice if you used a box and use the rest to serve on the side.)
Pour in bratwurst
Next, pour in spinach and stir (heat from rice will begin to pre-cook spinach.
Pour in shredded cheese
Add ricotta cheese and 2 eggs and stir contents.
Now time to stuff our squash
Next add toppings by starting with spaghetti sauce. I used the extra to coat the bottom of my cookware and it can be used for more topping when serving.
This is when I add the feta cheese and this is optional.
Last we’re going to top it with shredded cheese and place it in the oven on 350 for approximately 45 minutes.
Kid tested, mama approved.
The entire family loved it, even my 5yr old. The inside of the acorn squash taste like potato and while cooking it in the microwave it smelled like sweet potato. I’m so glad I tried it and this will forever be a recipe I make in my house along with adding different varieties of stuffing. Let your creativity run wild when you make this recipe.
Since the holiday is coming up and if you’re hosting, this would be a great appetizer by slicing the portions into watermelon slices. Appropriate for this holiday season.