Stuffed Acorn Squash: Squash Fest Guest Post

This week’s guest post is by Alta, a wonderful gluten-free blogger who you should definitely be following. Alta Mantsch started Tasty Eats At Home simply as a way to share recipes with family and friends. But after dealing with worsening health issues, and understanding the ill effects gluten caused on her other family members (her father, sister, and brother were all gluten-intolerant), in June 2009 she decided to remove gluten from her diet in an effort to find wellness once again. Soon after, she was on the road to healing, and now focuses her efforts at Tasty Eats At Home on sharing nourishing, delicious gluten-free food that will bring your heart joy and that the family will actually EAT!

stuffed acorn squash
When Linda asked me to guest post on her blog for Squash Fest, I was honored. The Gluten-Free Homemaker is by far one of my favorite blogs. Linda makes a lot of food that always soothes the gluten-free soul. She has excellent French bread, and I love her Hot Pockets – they’re excellent gluten-free versions of familiar favorites. I follow her posts regularly and enjoy them all. I was excited when she announced she was starting the Squash Fest series – winter squashes are one of my favorite foods!

I don’t think my blog reflects just how often we eat winter squashes when fall rolls around. Sure, I’ve already made a stew using butternut this year, and last fall I made a delicious risotto using a Tahitian squash (similar to butternut), but we probably eat winter squash at least once a week around here. This challenge was a perfect way to get me to share more of the awesome ways winter squashes can be eaten!

Acorn squashes are one of my favorite. You can simply cut them in half and scoop out the seeds, and inside is a perfectly proportioned bowl, a blank slate, with so many stuffing possibilities. The decision to stuff this squash with these ingredients started the way many of my original recipes do: I looked at what I had on hand, and threw in the sage growing in my garden. Voila – a savory, delicious solution to dinner!

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 1-2 T grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lb pork sausage
  • 1/3 c diced onion
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 2 oz crimini mushrooms, diced
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 t fresh sage leaves, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 T chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the insides of the acorn squash with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and place in oven for 30-45 minutes or until acorn squash is tender.

Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet to medium-high heat. Add the pork sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into small crumbles with a spatula. When sausage is no longer pink and cooked through, remove and set aside in a medium bowl, leaving some of the fat in the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and add the onion and celery. Saute for 2-3 minutes, and add the mushrooms. Saute for another minute, and add the apple. Saute until the apple begins to soften, another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the vegetable mixture to the sausage and add the sage leaves and egg. Toss until well-mixed. When acorn squash has finished baking, scoop mixture into the hollowed-out “bowls”. Return to oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until egg is set. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley.

Serves 4.


You can find all of the Squash Fest recipes here.  Be sure to come back next Thursday for a Squash Fest guest post by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    Thanks so much for having me, Linda!

  2. I REALLY need to try this Alta! I haven't found a way that I LOVE acorn squash yet! This just might be the ticket! I love this series on fall squashes!!

  3. Maggie says:

    We love acorn squash too! It is indeed the perfect bowl!

  4. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    Oh, that is a beautiful dish, Alta! There's something about food that serves as its own container that just appeals to me. 😉 I think the sausage and mushrooms will make this squash recipe a winner for Mr. GFE, too–thank you!


  5. Stephanie says:

    Making this for dinner tonight. Hope my hubby likes it as much as I'm sure I will :)

  6. I made this last night and WOW, this was 5 star restaurant good! I did make a few changes. After the mixture was cooked and cooling, before adding the egg, I added about two tablespoons of maple syrup and two tablespoons of 1/2 and 1/2. I also put a slice of swiss cheese on top before baking. Wow, wow, wow. We will definitely make this again!

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