Roasted Acorn Squash and Moroccan Beef Inspired Stuffing

stuffed acorn squash 2


Acorn squash is in season again!  Have you seen them appearing in your markets?  I love roasted acorn squash and did a post last year about how to make it, as well as how to roast the seeds.

Roasted Acorn Squash wedge with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon

Roasted Acorn Squash wedge with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon

Roasted Acorn Seeds

Roasted Acorn Seeds

This time, I tossed the seeds in oil and seasoned with cinnamon and sugar and roasted them in our Cuisinart toaster oven before making the stuffed squash.   I served them on our salads with dinner.  So yummy!

roasted seeds salad

As for the stuffed squash, first you have to prep the halves by removing the seeds, then cutting off a little sliver on the bottom so they can sit upright without being a Weeble (70s reference to show my age).


prepared acorn sqush

Brush squash halves with oil and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Place face down in a pan, cover with foil and roast in oven.  While they roast, prepare the stuffing.    I wanted something hearty so I used beef and onions.  And thinking of how well acorn squash goes with cinnamon and sweet flavors, I thought it would be great to make a sweet and savory dish.  Moroccan recipes often call for cinnamon, ginger, allspice with meats, so I looked at a bunch of recipes which inspired me to choose spices for this dish.  I also added some cooked brown rice for chewy texture and nuttiness and added golden raisins for another layer of sweetness.
stuffed acorn squash side

I usually don’t hit it the first time I invent a recipe.  I often go back and tweak it and make it several times.  But this one was great in round one, so I thought I’d share it.  Even Denis loved it, and that is saying a lot!  Jamie doesn’t like acorn squash (I know, he’s crazy).  I used the beef filling wrapped in a flour tortilla and made him a Moroccan Burrito, which he ate with relish.  Crisis averted.
stuffed acorn squash 1Hope you like this sweet and savory fall dish!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Beef and Rice Stuffing

1 acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided

2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

1/2 white onion, diced–about 1 cup

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon salt and more to taste

2 cloves of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon curmin

1 cup cooked rice

1/4 cup golden raisins

2 teaspoons butter

maple syrup to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.   Cut sliver off bottom of both acorn halves so that it doesn’t wobble when resting upright. Brush cut sides of squash with oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and place cavity side down on a baking.  Cover with foil and bake for about 45 to 50  minutes, until tender when pierced.

2.  In large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook 1 more minute.

3.  Mix in ground beef, salt, remaining stirring to break up beef. Add rest of cinnamon (1 teaspoon), allspice, and cumin and stir to coat meat.   Cook until beef is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

4.  Stir in cooked rice and raisins and sauté until heated through.

5.  Dot acorn squash cavities with butter and press in with a fork.  Drizzle with maple syrup.  Fill cavities with beef stuffing.  You may have a little leftover stuffing.  I made my son a burrito with the leftover filling and he loved it!

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13 responses to “Roasted Acorn Squash and Moroccan Beef Inspired Stuffing

  1. Love acorn squash. Have never eaten the seeds, though. Must try to toast them. 🙂

  2. oooh, they are very tasty. Similar to pumpkin seeds, but a bit smaller. 🙂

  3. Acorn squash is not common around my place but this is inspired 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

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  4. I could eat this as the main meal in lieu if the bird! Hurray, I go to the farmer’s market tomorrow–I can’t wait to get my hands on these beauties! Happy Nesting.

  5. ooohhh, i love the raisins in the filling. beautiful!

  6. This looks so hearty and delicious! I’ve never tried acorn squash before. Does it taste anything like butternut squash?

  7. They are similar. But acorn squash is way easier to prep!

  8. Acorn squash is my favorite bowl. I’ll use it to hold any meal apart from maybe ice cream – but that’s simply because I’ve not given that one a whirl yet. Great recipe!

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