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    Acorn Shepherd's Pie

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    1 hr 20 mins

    35 mins

    45 mins

    TasteTester's Note:

    This recipe is a meal-in-one dish. I love acorn squash, and was happy to find another way to use it in cooking. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place squash, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside four of the halves. Scoop flesh of the remaining two halves into a medium bowl.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, place potato in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cook until tender when pierced with a paring knife, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain; add potato to bowl with squash and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter; season with salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add celery and garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add beef and oregano, and season with salt and pepper; continue cooking, breaking up beef with a wooden spoon until well browned, about 4 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
    5. 5
      Fill each reserved squash half with about 1/2 cup beef mixture; place in a baking dish. Top each half with about 1/3 cup potato mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
    6. 6
      Bake until mixture is heated through and tops just begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for about 5 minutes, and then serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 03, 2013


      This came out so well! It's an impressive little dish to serve for a dinner party because the presentation in the acorn squash half looks very nice. I left out the celery and used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I also used a can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste with balsamic vinegar and oregano instead of a jar of pasta sauce. Added extra garlic because extra garlic is always better! Seriously, it came out delish!

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    • on March 21, 2008


      Delicious. I will add more garlic and oregano next time and perhaps substitute the oregano with dill. Lots of possibilities.

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    Nutritional Facts for Acorn Shepherd's Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (599 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 525.8
    Calories from Fat 226
    Total Fat 25.1 g
    Saturated Fat 11.5 g
    Cholesterol 97.8 mg
    Sodium 492.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 51.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
    Sugars 4.2 g
    Protein 28.3 g

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