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December 12, 2019

Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash


Recipe Provided By
"Blue Bowl Recipes"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

Total Time

55 min



American Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash on a plate with a fork


Acorn Squash

  • 4 large acorn squash
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste  


  • 1 cup wild rice, measured while uncooked
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (sweetened)
  • 1 cup Parmesan, for topping


For the Acorn Squash: Slice squash in half. Scoop out seeds, leaving a hollow cavity in the middle of each half. Rub with oil, salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet; roast at 400°F 30 minutes. 

For the Filling: Cook rice according to package directions. 

In a nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook lamb, with a dash of salt and pepper, until done and browned through; set aside. Wipe out pan. Add oil or butter; add onion and sauté over medium heat until it begins to soften. Add celery, garlic, sage, thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until celery is crisp tender. Add apples, cranberries and cooked rice; stir to combine. Add lamb last. Season as desired. 

Spoon mixture into hollowed out squash halves, filling completely. Place squash back on the baking sheet, right side up; sprinkle with parmesan (if using). Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted. 

Serve as a main dish as is, or slice each in half to be used as a side. Store leftovers, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

American Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash raw ingredients
American Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash on a sheet tray
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