Butter-Roasted Acorn Squash with Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing
 
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Butter-roasted acorn squash stuffed with brown sugar, balsamic, wild rice, & sausage stuffing.
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Recipe Type:: Entree or Side
Serves:: 4-6
Ingredients:
  • 3 small acorn squash
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar, divided
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt, divided
  • water (for baking dish)
  • 1 C. cooked wild rice
  • ½ package breakfast sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ C. water
  • ¼ C. golden raisins
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 stalks kale, washed and finely chopped
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Carefully slice each squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and spread flesh with softened butter.
  3. Sprinkle buttered squash halves lightly with sea salt, then with 3 Tbsp. brown sugar.
  4. Place squash, skin-side-down, in a glass dish and add ½ inch of water to the dish.
  5. Bake at 375 for 50-55 minutes, until squash begin to brown nicely.
  6. Meanwhile, cook wild rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  7. In a medium frying pan, brown sausage, then use a slotted spoon to set meat aside in a bowl, leaving sausage fat in the pan.
  8. Add chopped onion to sausage fat in pan, sprinkle with ¼ tsp. sea salt, and allow onion to caramelize over medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Add minced garlic and stir together with the onion, allowing garlic to cook for 1 minute.
  10. Add the sausage back to the pan. Then sprinkle in the sage, pepper, another ¼ tsp salt, and the flour evenly, stirring to combine.
  11. After about 1 minute, stir in the water and golden raisins and allow mixture to bubble and thicken for 1 minute.
  12. Then turn off the heat and stir in the chopped kale, wild rice, balsamic vinegar, remaining brown sugar, and remaining ¼ tsp. salt.
  13. Taste and add additional pinches of salt and pepper if needed.
  14. Scoop stuffing into roasted acorn squash bowls and enjoy!
Recipe by Pretty Hungry at http://prettyhungryblog.com/2015/11/12/butter-roasted-acorn-squash-sausage-brown-rice-stuffing/