Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is a super versatile recipe: sub whatever squash, hardy greens, and sausage you have on hand or prefer. The end result is still a tasty combination and impressive presentation.

Stuffed Acorn Squash
2 medium acorn squash, halved down the middle, seeds removed (you could also stuff a Kobacha, Butternut, or Sweet Dumpling squash)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
8 ounces hot Italian sausage, casings removed (sweet sausage or turkey sausage would also work)

1 large leek, white and light green parts only, halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups tightly packed torn Kale (Tat Soi or Chard would also work here)
5 oz cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan
2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
Heat oven to 375°. Cut a thin slice off round side of each squash half to create a stable base. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; coat with cooking spray. Place squash flesh side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil; bake until golden and tender, 30 minutes.

Remove from oven; flip squash and set aside. Heat broiler.

In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add sausage; cook, breaking into coarse pieces, until brown, 6 minutes; transfer to a bowl.

To same skillet, add remaining 2 teaspoons oil and leek; cook until leek is soft, 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, 30 seconds. Add kale and mushrooms and toss; add broth. Cover and cook until kale is tender, 5 minutes; stir in sausage.

Divide kale-sausage filling among squash. In a bowl, combine walnuts, Parmesan and panko; sprinkle evenly over squash bowls and coat with cooking spray. Broil until panko is golden, 2 minutes.

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About Anna K Amendolare

Anna, of aka design, is a web designer and digital marketer. She contributes recipes via homeharv.wordpress.com, manages all of the email marketing for HH, and serves as webmaster for Hometown Harvest. When she is not in front of her computer, she enjoys baking, craft beer, and spinning & cycling to burn off those calories.

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