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December 12, 2019

Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Recipe Provided By
"Blue Bowl Recipes"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

35 minutes

Total Time

55 min

Servings

16

American Lamb Stuffed Acorn Squash on a plate with a fork

Ingredients

Acorn Squash

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

Filling

  • 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

Directions

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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