Sweet, nutty acorn squash stuffed with a savory homemade turkey sausage, onions and gooey mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection. You won’t believe how simply easy these are to make, and they look so fancy! Serve this satisfying Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey Sausage as a side dish during the holidays or as the main course!
Acorn Squash. We’ve all seen it at the store, but how many times have you actually taken one home and cooked it? To be honest, I only recently realized how insanely delicious these things are when they’re prepared right.
Not only is this is a sweet alternative to higher carb dishes, it’s also packed with nutrients! In addition to its really delicious sweet, nutty flavor.
To celebrate this often forgotten little squash, I’m bringing you this Acorn Squash Stuffed with Turkey Sausage recipe.
If you’ve never made turkey sausage at home before, you’ve really been missing out! Not only is it ridiculously easy, it’s also a great way to get acquainted with some new spices and impress your guests.
You can also use this turkey sausage recipe to make breakfast patties, just form them into a patty-shape and pan-fry them for a few minutes on each side until cooked through. I’ve done this a few times already, and it’s so good!
My favorite part of this recipe, besides for how pretty these come out, is definitely the mozzarella. I was skeptical at first, but the turkey sausage needed something more if it was going to be legit stuffing material, and mozzarella is what we had in our fridge.
Voila! Turns out, mozzarella and turkey sausage make a pretty good pair.
Another great aspect of this dish is that it’s completely hearty, which I love to have during the cooler fall weather.
It warms you up and fills you up at the same time. ::Contented Sigh::
The turkey sausage stuffing is pretty workable, too. Feel free to add other vegetables, such as sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini or mushrooms, or even raisins or craisins to the turkey filling. I’m partial to apples myself. I bet some root vegetables would do really well in this, too.
I served this to my family with rice on the side. Technically, you could add some cooked rice to this filling and it would be delicious, but I had 3 lbs of turkey and needed something to do with it, and I think this hit the spot pretty well. I would also consider adding some cooked quinoa on the side, as the nutty flavors would really compliment each other.
This is really a fabulous dish if you’re planning on entertaining, or if you’d just like to make a special meal for yourself. It’s easy, nutritious and delicious!
Until next time! -Jacqui
- 3 lbs ground turkey
- 4 medium acorn squash
- 2 medium granny smith apples peeled and chopped into 1/2-in pieces
- 2 medium celery stalks
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 bunch scallions chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 3 tsp fennel seeds
- 3 tsp caraway seeds
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cut acorn squash in half, scoop out and discard seeds. Cut a thin slice from bottom of squash halves to prevent them from rolling when being stuffed.
- Add 1-2 cups of water to a baking sheet, or until bottom of sheet is covered, and place acorn squash open-sides-down on the sheet. Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until soft. Remove from oven and set aside, turning over when cool. Do not turn oven off.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, celery and apples. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, dried sage, garlic powder, ground cloves, nutmeg, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until turkey is no longer pink, breaking it into pieces as it cooks. Remove from heat and drain.
- Add scallions and 2 cups mozzarella cheese to turkey and mix all ingredients together. Using a large spoon, evenly distribute turkey sausage into each squash. Top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Return squash to oven and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and squash is heated through.
- Feel free to add other vegetables, such as sun dried tomatoes, zucchini or mushrooms, or even raisins to the turkey filling.