I love Thanksgiving partly because I love planning the dinner menu. My brother-in-law always makes the turkey but I’m in charge of all the side dishes and dessert. There are tons of new recipes I want to try every year but there are also some staples like my sausage and apple stuffing. Salty sausage with sweet apples just goes together so well! This year, I decided to switch it just a tad by making a stuffed acorn squash with sausage and apple farro stuffing. No one in my family really likes the soggy bread combination anyways so I’m sure this swap will be a hit!
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This stuffed acorn squash with sausage and apple farro stuffing was created for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner but it can very much be just a regular weeknight meal. You can also take out the sausage and have this as a vegetarian option as well.
First things first, roast the acorn squash. Squash can be very difficult to cut and peel when it’s raw so I prefer to roast them whole and cut after. Just let them cool slightly before handling because they will be hot! Cut the squash in half and discard the seeds.While the squash are roasting, make the sausage and apple farro stuffing. Stuffing might have a reputation for being unhealthy but this version is anything but. Cook the farro first; if you’re not a fan of farro, try wild rice, brown rice, bulgur, really any type of grain will work.
Brown the sausage and saute the vegetables including the onions, apples, celery, and garlic. I chose chicken apple sausage for this recipe to go full out with the sausage and apple flavors but use what you like! Add all of the aromatics along with white wine and bring everything to a simmer. Finally, add the cooked farro and finish with chopped parsley and chopped pecans.
The picture below is a vegetarian version using mushrooms instead of sausage. I’ll admit, I love both variations equally. Stuff the acorn squash with the farro stuffing and finish with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar.
My favorite part about this stuffed acorn squash with sausage and apple farro stuffing is getting a big scoop with all of the components. Acorn squash instead of bread for a stuffing option? I’m totally digging it.
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