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1 hr 15 mins
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- 3 acorn squash
- fresh ground pepper
- freshly ground nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup wild rice
- 1 1/2 cups canned low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus extra
- salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 large celery rib, finely chopped
- 2 firm pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
- 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 1Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Cut each squash in half crosswise. Scoop out and discard the seeds and strings.
- 2If necessary, trim the top and bottom so that the squash will sit level, and place on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle each half with a little salt, pepper, and nutmeg, to taste.
- 3Using 3 tablespoons of the butter, dot each half with some butter. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake the squash just until moist and tender, about 45 minutes.
- 4Meanwhile, combine the rice, chicken broth, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 2 cups of water, in a medium saucepan.
- 5Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a bare simmer, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes. When the rice is done most of the water should be evaporated.
- 6In a 10-inch saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- 7Swirl to coat the pan and saute the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
- 8Add the pears and saute 2 minutes longer. Cover the pan, adjust the heat to medium-low, and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, 3 minutes longer.
- 9Add the sage, thyme, and parsley and saute 1 more minute. Remove from the heat.
- 10In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, sauteed vegetables and pears, walnuts and dried cranberries.
- 11Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired. Mound the rice mixture into the squash halves, dividing it evenly.
- 12Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into small pieces. Dot each stuffed squash with butter. Cover with foil.
- 13Bake at 350 degrees F until heated through, about 20 minutes.
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Nutritional Facts for Acorn Squash Stuffed W/ Pears, Wild Rice, Walnuts
Serving Size: 1 (433 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 382.1
- Calories from Fat 157
- Total Fat 17.4 g
- Saturated Fat 6.1 g
- Cholesterol 20.3 mg
- Sodium 135.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 55.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
- Sugars 11.5 g
- Protein 7.5 g