Acorn Squash With Bacon, Apple and Swiss

"Wanted a savory squash recipe. Tweaked an existing one from Betty Crocker to make a side dish; now I've got a keeper that's a meal!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins


  • 1 (12 -16 ounce) acorn squash
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 12 cup apple, chopped, peeled (I used golden delicious, I'm sure any would work well)
  • 14 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ground pepper
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing mix (I used herbed, cubed bread stuffing)
  • 14 - 12 cup water, depending on your preference for stuffing consistency
  • 14 cup swiss cheese, shredded (I used deli slices that I finely cubed)
  • Optional topping

  • 1 tablespoon toasted breadcrumb (optional)
  • 18 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon green onion, sliced (optional)


  • Halve squash.
  • Remove seeds and pulp.
  • Place squash, cut side down, in a shallow baking dish.
  • Add water.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • In a medium saute or sauce pan over medium heat, cook bacon until some fat is rendered (3 min).
  • Add onion and saute/sweat for 3 minutes-ish.
  • Add sage, rosemary,thyme, and pepper (or anything else you'd like).
  • Add apple and saute/sweat for 2 minutes-ish.
  • Add garlic and saute/sweat for 2 minutes-ish.
  • Drain if needed.
  • Stir in stuffing mix and water.
  • Once stuffing mix is moist, stir in cheese.
  • Spoon stuffing into prepared squash.
  • Cover with loosely with foil.
  • Bake about 20 minutes more.
  • I removed foil; topped with optional topping (below) and baked for last five minutes.
  • Optional topping:

  • Mix bread crumbs and olive oil.
  • Mix in parsley and green onions.

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  1. Very Good for a savory dish. I substituted Turkey Bacon, but then needed to add some Extra Virgin Olive Oil to get the onions/apples/garlic to saute properly. I didn't use the optional topping, but next time would add a slice of swiss on top of each stuffed squash to give it a little extra cheesy goodness. I'll make this again!


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