Thanksgiving: Stuffed Delicata Squash


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Cooked and lightly browned

I’m home alone this Thanksgiving, and I was supposed to go to a Post-Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, but I’m not doing that, either.  I’ve broken my tibia, and cannot drive, and to be honest, most homes aren’t really handicapped accessible when it comes to things like entry, exiting, or using the john.  I’m fine with being home alone — I have a phone or two, and the Internet to e-mail with.  And… I can still cook, with some limitations.

Mind you, for a good portion of the broken leg to date, I had minimal appetite.  One day I think the only thing I ate was an apple.  Another day — the day of the surgery where they set the bone, put in a plate and whatever pins — I consumed a slice and a half of pizza.  That was it.

But I really want something that reminds me of Thanksgiving meals this Thanksgiving.  Since I already had Delicata squash, I figured it would be absolute fun to stuff it.  I did have to order in the sweet potato and the cranberries, but all other items were here already.  My goal is to make a good vegetarian side (or main!) without added sugars.

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One great feature about Delicata squash is that you can eat the exterior.  Less muss, little fuss!  That and its flavor have turned this particular winter squash into my favorite.

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One half of this squash has been hollowed out.  (So has the other half, not depicted…)  Do reserve the seeds for other purposes.

Prep time:  15 minutes
Cook time: 45 + 30 minutes
Rest time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4 or more


  • 1 medium-sized delicata squash
  • 1 large sweet potato, sliced about 1 inch
  • 1/2 medium onion (white or yellow…) peeled and coarsely diced.
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil or fat (avocado, olive, coconut, butter, ghee… your choice.   I used avocado.)
  • 1 medium/large apple, cored and diced, about 1/4 inch pieces.
  • 1/4 (or so) cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 teaspoon or so ground cardamom (or you can use nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice at your whim).
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dusting of allspice for garnish (or, cinnamon)
  • 1 scallion, chopped

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cut the ends off the squash, then slice the squash through lengthwise, being certain that the bottom of the slices will be able to lie flat.  Remove seeds and reserve for another purpose.  Place both pieces, hollow side up, in a baking pan.

Prepare the sweet potato, onion and garlic — for the garlic remove most of the peel.  Place the sweet potato, onion and garlic in one layer on the same pan as the delicata.  Keep note as to the location of the garlic.  Add oil — about two teaspoons — to coat all the veggies.

Cover, and place in oven, and roast for 25-30 minutes.  Remove the pan and remove the squash to a separate plate.  Return the other veggies (still covered) to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Remove pan, and allow to cool until you can handle the veggies.

For the sweet potato:  peel off skin and discard.

For the garlic:  squeeze out the paste from the peel and add to the sweet potato.

For the onion: cut or tear into smaller pieces.

Add the cardamom, salt and pepper to the sweet potato, and mash the sweet potato, using a fork or one of those potato mashers, until you have a nice paste.  Be sure that the onion and garlic get incorporated — the onion won’t mash, but it will be incorporated as small bits into this.

Add the cranberries and apples, and mix lightly but completely.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

Stuff the squash.  Let it heap on up, and make certain a good number of cranberries are in the stuffing.  Put the stuffed squash into your baking pan.

You will have extra stuffing.  You may have planned ahead and prepared to stuff a second squash, or you can set the extra on the side of the pan, and cook it by itself — which in my case was the more practical choice anyway.

You can add the allspice garnish now, or after cooking.  (I added this before this final cooking run.)

Allow to cook uncovered for 30 minutes — portions of the stuffing will brown slightly.

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Unless you are using this as your main, slice this piece of stuffed squash in half.

Remove from oven, allow the meal to rest for 5 minutes.  You can cut the stuffed delicata further into portions (halves or whatever) depending on how much else you’ll be serving.  The extra stuffing is excellent in its own right, too.  Scatter the optional scallion/green onion segments over the dish.

This dish re-heats fine.

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NOTE:  those seeds — you can reserve them for planting in the spring, or you can treat them like pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack.  Keep your eyes open as I will soon be posting on the seed preparation option.  

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About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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10 Responses to Thanksgiving: Stuffed Delicata Squash

  1. xavierrod says:

    That looks soo delicious! Thanks for sharing! Might give it a try! Check out my blog, you might find it interesting
    Best wishes. Xavier

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  3. I’m so sorry you had to spend it alone. I almost did that once when I was working on my masters – I had a big assignment due after the holiday and I stayed home while my hubby and others went to his mothers out of state. My car died and my dad came and got me so I would not be by myself. Hope you are feeling better. Your squash looks delicious!

  4. This was a great alternative to the traditional dinner while still being similar. I hope you get better soon!

  5. Angie says:

    So sorry to hear about your leg, but I’m glad to hear you’re still able to cook. And your recipe can’t come at a better time. I just bought 2 Delicata squash and I’ve never tried them before. I also bought a big blue Hubbard squash. Not sure what I was thinking!

  6. Sorry about your leg, but glad you managed a tasty dinner anyway. I have become a fan of delicata squash and this looks a tasty way to enjoy it.

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  8. Marla says:

    Sure hope your leg is healing and glad you were able to still enjoy Thanksgiving. This recipe sounds so delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted.

  9. Raia Torn says:

    Sounds delicious! I’ve never tried stuffed squash before, but this is definitely making me want to try it out. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays! Hope to see you back again this weekend. 🙂

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