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Acorn Squash with Sweet Spicy Sausage

Acorn Squash with Sweet Spicy Sausage

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CarolynWG

This simple recipe combines the sweetness of winter squash and brown sugar with spicy turkey sausage, all served right in the squash shell. It is an unexpected -- yet delicious and beautiful -- combination!

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  • Calories:
  • 343 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 45.2g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 1013 mg
  • 41%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place the squash halves face-down in a baking dish in 1 inch of water and bake until flesh is tender, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the sausage in the oil until brown, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks; set aside.
  3. Once the squash halves are tender, discard the water. Generously sprinkle brown sugar into the cavity of each squash half, reserving about 1/4 cup for later use. Fill the squash halves with the browned sausage, and top with the reserved brown sugar. Return squash to the baking dish and bake until the sugar begins to melt, about 15 minutes.
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Reviews

ewagnerpdx
11
11/30/2010

Made this tonight using 2 large acorn squash, no olive oil (forgot) and 1 pound of mild Italian sausage. I pre-cooked the squash and sausage as per the recipe before picking my husband up from work. I left the squash in the oven (turned off) and the sausage in on the stove (also turned off) and then came home, heated the meat a bit, drained the water off the squash and continued on with the recipe. Delicious!!

may428
9
3/1/2011

This dish was amazing! I made sure not to tell my boyfriend what i was making because I knew he wouldnt go for it, a couple bites in and he was ready to know when i would make it again :) We love garlic and onions, so i cooked up some onion with the turkey then added in minced garlic. I also used someone elses idea to add bread crumbs in with the meat. Will definitely make this dish again!!! The sweet and spicy combination is perfect.

April Floerke
9
12/4/2009

Love this! I use hot pork sausage like other reviewers I microwaved the squash for 8-10 min to get them soft then bake for about 15 min, then I throw it under the broiler for a minute or 2 to get the brown sugar caramelized.