Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ahhhhhhh we relaxed most of the afternoon and it felt INCREDIBLE! I haven’t sat down for hours of relaxation in forever! I caught up on blogs, responded to emails, called friends and family, and watched football and movies! I also made up a beautiful looking dinner. While catching up on blogs one day, I came across an awesome blog, Boston Chef. I fell in love with a bundle of the recipes listed, but in particular a recipe for Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. I decided to make it up for dinner tonight, but omitted the pasta (since I figured Josh would have his fair share tomorrow from my bake).

Ingredients:
2 Acorn Squash
Sausage (I used a spicy turkey/chicken sausage)
Corn (or other veggies of your choice)
Pasta sauce

Directions:
Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise (not around the equator) and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish flesh side up. Put a little bit of water in the dish and cover with foil. Bake for 40-55 minutes or until the squash is just fork tender (not mushy!) (Note: I did not have a glass baking dish so I used metal and they turned out fine).

While the squash are cooking, sauté sausage and mix with corn (or other veggies) and pasta sauce.

When squash are done, remove from pan, dump water, return squash to pan. Top squash with sauce mixture (and pasta if desired- see Boston Chef’s original post) and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (or until the cheese starts to brown).

Enjoy!









WHAT a great dish! You must check out Boston Chef’s blog!

What is on tap for the week? I have my yucky procedure on Wednesday to see whats going on with my digestive track. This means I cannot eat Tuesday and most of Wednesday (ahhhhh!).



31 comments:

Laura said...

Looks delicious! I'm going to look at that site as soon as I'm done with this comment. :)

Good luck with your procedure!

VeggieGirl said...

Looove acorn squash.

Hooray for relaxing!! Enjoy the rest of your night, Erica!!

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing the link - will check it out. And mm, looks delicious! Can't say I have actually tried acorn squash before. Definitely will try now! Looks super tasty!

ttfn300 said...

those look great, and i'll have to check out that site :)

thanks for checking in, we're ok up here, it's crazy hearing about everyone w/o power, my rents finally got it back friday night... hope your sis is doing ok!

Esi said...

This looks sooooo good!! I will put it on my list. I am looking forward to an easy week before 2 weeks off!! Hope everything goes well on Wednesday.

Bridget said...

Yum! Glad you finally got time to relax!!

Becca said...

Yum! I love stuffed acorn squash!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Oh yummy! That seems like it would be so easy to mess with, too. Yummy!
This week I'm just working. Being on break is so weird Erica! Suddenly all I'm doing is working on the same stuff, w/o teaching, clients, going to classes. I have to actually be intrinsically motivated! Uh oh! :)
So sorry you have to give up food for so long! LAME!

just me said...

Mmm!! looks delish! you are soooo creative woman!

hope the procedure goes well this week!

i have my last week at work this week then a fun weekend out w/ friends before moving back w/ my parents for a week then off to FL!!!

Krista said...

That squash looks fantastic! I'll have to give it a try! :)

K said...

Gorgeous squash!!

Good luck Wednesday!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Amazing acorn squash!!!!

Poor girl, what happened to your digestion? I hope it's nothing serious.

Heather said...

yum! what a delicious combo. i love acorn squash. stuffing it with sausage sounds genius!

glidingcalm said...

i just baked up some acorn squash tonight!! sausage stuffed sounds really good though! filling yummy protein AND melty cheeseee....DELISH!

That pasta bake from the previous post also looks insanely good.

And you look so GORGEOUS in your Xmas party dress! I love it!

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT ERICA!

B_Hlthy said...

DELICIOUS! I must make those sometime soon ( minus the sausage... i'm starting to not only dislike it - but hate it!)

Oh no , not eating for tuesday & wednesday would kill me! Can you drink? Like what about a smoothie?
I hope they find out what's wrong though!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Yum - I have got to try this recipe as I just thawed out some chicken sausage that's been in our freezer forever. I was going to look up recipes on the internet, but now I just need to pick up some acorn squash. I might try it with butternut. Thanks Erica!

Juliet said...

I'm not big into sausage, but I love the idea of making pizza inside of squash. You've inspired me to try doing it (I never had thought of it)!! :)

carolinebee said...

wow, bravo!! That is a crazy good looking sausage flavor...good luck with your tests too :) I hung out with my mom before she had to get a colonoscopy aka she couldnt eat for a day or 2 and it's a sucky procedure- and she was bummin' but I'm so happy she got it over with to ensure she's healthy, so hang in there and I hope all is well!

eatingbender said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had some time to relax!

Mmm I think I would like acorn squash a lot more if it had sausage inside of it! That looks great!

BEST OF LUCK with your procedure, Erica! I'm so sorry to hear that you have to go through the process - please feel free to email me if you have any worries because I've been through it before and can try to ease your mind if I can! I'll be thinking of you.

strongandhealthy said...

I love acorn squash! That recipe looks delicious!

Busy week ahead for me! Lots to do, but it will all get done!

Boston Chef said...

Hey Erica! THANKS for the link and the shout out!

This is a favorite of ours, too... we love making dishes that incorporate squash - and then eating the results out of them! Comes out delicious and beautiful. Totally agree with leaving the pasta out - your take sounds great.

Thanks again, really glad you liked it. We're trying to keep up with Boston Chef although our new blog (and it's subjects) are taking up alot of our time these days... http://bostontwins.blogspot.com

~Boston Chef

Jenn said...

Squash and sausage...sounds like a match made in heaven to me! :)

And how sad that you won't be able to eat for a few days -- load up now!

Aggie said...

Oh man that looks great! I love Aidell sausages but haven't seen that kind yet...I love me some spice so I'll have to search for them!!

Good luck with your procedure Wednesday!!

Maria said...

I love stuffed squash and Josh loves that sausage! Best of luck this week!!

lauren said...

these look incredible! good luck tomorrow!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope your procedure goes well! Digestive problems are never fun!

Pearl said...

omgosh that looks incredible! i love the "AFTER" picture :)

Fitness Surfer said...

I relaxed this weekend too. First, I exercised. Then, when the kids went down I put my feet up drank a chocolate protein shake, apple cinnamon tea, and ate an apple. When the kids woke back up we went and played in the snow.

That acorn squash has all of my favorite ingredients in it. It’s on the list of recipes to attempt. Thanks again for sharing!

Mandy said...

erica, good luck tomorrow. I have a ton of digestive problems... not fun at all. I wish you the best of luck!

Jeena said...

Sounds so tasty I love squash and this looks brilliant. :-)

runningwithfood.com said...

Hey girl! These look fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!

I hope all goes well with your procedure. Best wishes!!