Italian Stuffed Acorn Squash-Crock Pot
photo by Dreamer in Ontario
- Ready In:
- 4hrs 15mins
- 1 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
- olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup wild rice
- 1⁄4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (I have used sunflower seeds too) or 1/4 cup pine nuts (I have used sunflower seeds too)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1⁄4 cup crumbled goat cheese or 1/4 cup feta cheese
- Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
- Brush squash halves with olive oil and place in slow cooker (slice off bottoms to level, if necessary).
- Pour 1 cup water into the cooker, around (not into) squash.
- In a small bowl, combine wild rice blend, pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, minced garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and spices; stir until well-mixed.
- Stuff rice mixture into each squash half.
- Slowly pour about 1/2 cup vegetable broth into each squash cavity until full (don't let stuffing overflow).
- Pour any remaining broth around squash.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- Just prior to serving, sprinkle with crumbled cheese.
DEEEEE-LISH! I just made this last night and was at first skeptical that it would be bland. But wrong I was! The flavors meld nicely together for a satisfying meal. Not having time to use the crock-pot, I made the squash the usual way (cut side down in a water filled pan). I cooked the rice separately too and mixed together all the filling ingredients. I then put the filling in the squash, roasted them in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes. I added the goat cheese and a little shredded chedder at the end until melted. It's a great recipe and I'll be making it again.
I really liked the wild rice stuffing in this dish. I needed to cook it for 4 hours on high for the rice to be done. Unfortunately, however, the squash was overdone for my taste. I agree with previous reviewers that this would be good with butternut squash. I think that the addition of a sweet element such as raisins might be good, too. I'm going to try that with some leftovers tonight. Made for Kittencalskitchen Crock Pot and Rice Cooker Game.
I made this 2 times using butternut squash instead of the acorn - good sweet flavor and turned out well. I cut the butternut into 4 pieces and hollowed out an extra hole in the longer sections. However, don't leave this unattended for hours, "baste" the rice once in awhile to make sure it gets soft but also be careful not to over cook and get mush.