Stuffing squash is something that looks like it takes a lot of time, preparation and fancy skills, but it’s actual one of the simplest, kinda-laziest ways to prepare a meal.
Why? Well, all you do is roast a squash while you prepare the stuffing. By the time the stuffing’s done, the squash is roasted and all you have to do is spoon scoopfuls into the center of the squash.
Doesn’t that sound easy? Is it just Monday?
But really, stuffing squash rocks – my favorites to stuff are spaghetti squash, acorn squash, delicata squash and believe it or not, zucchini.
You get so much more flavor in every bite when the vehicle for the stuffing is a squash – every forkful melts into the squash and every bite is a flavor explosion, really.
Plus, it beats chopped the squash into cubes, roasting it and then eating alongside the “stuffing” or a simple protein.
I love to stuff rice into a roasted squash, primarily because of the texture – it’s hearty, it’s filling and it’s easy to manage. Now, with Inspiralized rice, you can pack in even more veggies, while avoiding the processed carbs in “real” rice.
I chose turnips because of the beautiful white color but also because they marry well with the roasted flavors of the acorn squash. Turnips are a winter veggie and they take on seasonings well, such as the rosemary and parmesan here with this recipe.
What would a fall or winter dish be without some crushed pecans? The pecans give an amazing crunch – you could even toast them beforehand or drizzle them with honey and roast for 5-7 minutes along with the acorn squash for some added sweetness.
When you stuff the turnip “rice” into the acorn squash, you can first scoop out the roasted flesh of the acorn squash and combine it with the stuffing in a separate bowl, mix and then stuff back into the acorn squash. That will really ensure that every bite has equal amounts of acorn squash and stuffing.
However, I kind of like to do that myself, as I’m eating. It’s total preference – feel free to adapt this recipe to your liking!
Have you ever tried stuffing acorn squash?