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    Ground Beef & Apple Filled Acorn Squash Halves

    Ground Beef & Apple Filled Acorn Squash Halves. Photo by Julesong

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    1 hr 15 mins

    45 mins

    30 mins

    Jellyqueen's Note:

    Great Fall comfort food. The prep time is so long mainly because I have included the baking of the squash while you are preparing the other ingredients. The cooking time is the final baking time. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Heat the oven to 400°F.
    2. 2
      Cut each of the squash in half and remove the seeds and fibers.
    3. 3
      Place the squash, cut sides down, in an ungreased baking pan.
    4. 4
      Then add water to the depth of 1/4-inch and bake, uncovered, until the squash is tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
    5. 5
      While the squash is baking, cook and stir the meat in a large skillet until it is brown.
    6. 6
      Drain off the excess fat.
    7. 7
      Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the 1 1/2 ts of salt as well as the cinnamon, the coarsely chopped tart apples and the raisins.
    8. 8
      When the squash is cooked, turn them so that the cut side is up and remove them to a platter.
    9. 9
      Drain off any remaining liquid in the pan and dry.
    10. 10
      Scoop out the pulp from the acorn squash, making a shell that is 1/4-inch thick all the way around.
    11. 11
      Season the shells with salt to taste.
    12. 12
      Mash the pulp and mix in the meat mixture.
    13. 13
      Return to the shells, piling them full and sprinkle with 1 tb of brown sugar on each.
    14. 14
      Drizzle with the melted butter.
    15. 15
      Bake uncovered until the apple is tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    16. 16
      Serve hot.
    17. 17
      NOTE: You can substitute a combination of 1/2 lb lean ground beef and 1/2 lb of bulk pork sausage for the 1 lb of lean ground beef.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 06, 2009


      This is similar to a recipe I use often. I add a little brown sugar and omit that cinnamon.

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    • on December 10, 2008


      We found this to be a delicious fall meal. It has such a gourmet feal to it, without being difficult to whip up. I used craisins and walnuts. We found the taste to be perfect, not too sweat as others have commented.

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    • on May 09, 2008


      Mixed reactions at our house--my husband and I love it. You can sub veggie crumbles for the ground beef. I want to try it with turkey sausage to punch up the flavor a little. We don't like things too sweet, so I was thinking about adding some chopped onion to the ground beef and also adding some curry powder. Or maybe using the sausage for the meat, skipping the cinnamon and adding some paremesan cheese.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ground Beef & Apple Filled Acorn Squash Halves

    Serving Size: 1 (423 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 449.3
    Calories from Fat 156
    Total Fat 17.3 g
    Saturated Fat 5.8 g
    Cholesterol 73.7 mg
    Sodium 1025.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 25.2 g
    Protein 24.9 g

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