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Heavenly holiday fair! Choose winter squash that have the prettiest, most symmetrical shape, such as acorn or even small round pie pumpkins. Enjoy! This came out of Vegetarian Times Cookbook.
- 4 squash, each about 1 to 2 pounds
- 3⁄4 cup water, salted if desired
- 2 1⁄2 cups uncooked couscous
- 1 cup currants
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 4 tablespoons fat-free margarine, spread
- 2 large golden delicious apples, cored and sliced
- 2 pears, cored and chopped coarsely
- 1⁄2 cup dried apricot, cut into small pieces
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisin
- 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 4 tablespoons mild honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mace
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons cardamom
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- fresh greens or fresh edible flower, for garnish
- Cut the top of each squash off to make a handsome lid.
- Set aside the lids.
- Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each squash to make it stand firmly.
- Using a large metal spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy flesh.
- Remove the flesh from each to weigh a combined total of about 1 pound, taking some from the lid pieces, if necessary.
- Cut the scooped-out squash into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Steam until fork-tender, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring salted water to a rolling boil.
- Stir in the couscous and currants, cover and remove from the heat.
- Let sit 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 325*.
- Heat 2 tbls.
- margarine in a large skillet, and cook the apples, pears, apricots, raisins and walnuts, stirring, for 5 minutes.
- Add 2 tbls.
- honey, spices except for the pinch of cinnamon, couscous, steamed squash and salt to taste.
- Cook, stirring gently, for 2 or 3 minutes more.
- Remove from heat.
- In a small pot, melt the remaining margarine, stir in the remaining honey and a pinch of cinnamon.
- Generously brush the inside of the squash with the honey mixture and divide the filling equally among them.
- Replace the squash lids, carefully turn upside down and place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking oil.
- Bake until a fork easily pierces the squash, about 1 hour.
- Carefully transfer the roasted squash to a large serving platter, remove the lids and cut each squash in half vertically.
- Garnish the platter with fresh greens or flowers.