Acorn Squash with Apple Walnut Stuffing

Acorn Squash with Apple Walnut Stuffing
Acorn Squash with Apple Walnut Stuffing | http://saltandwind.com Thanksgiving has evolved in our house. Once upon a time it was all Mom’s Green Jell-o, Classic Green Bean casserole, and Midwest mashed potatoes but th...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
12
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Yield
5 1/2 cups
Servings
10 to 12
Acorn Squash with Apple Walnut Stuffing | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Intermediate
Course
Dinner, Main, Side
Cuisine
American
Ingredients
12
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Yield
5 1/2 cups
Servings
10 to 12
Diet
Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Acorn Squash with Apple Walnut Stuffing | http://saltandwind.com

Thanksgiving has evolved in our house. Once upon a time it was all Mom’s Green Jell-o, Classic Green Bean casserole, and Midwest mashed potatoes but that’s now been joined by some more modern friends –vegetarian and vegan sides and with an emphasis on fresh and healthy. Having something filling other than mashers and turkey is key – which is why I came up with this Farro-Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash. This recipe is now a pinch hitter in our house going from Meatless Monday to the Thanksgiving table without batting an eyelash. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-pearled farro

    rinsed and drained (can substitute wheatberries or barley)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion

    finely chopped

  • 4 medium celery stalks

    finely chopped

  • 3 medium garlic cloves

    finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium Golden Delicious, Gala, or Pink Lady apples

    halved, cored, and medium dice

  • 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

    toasted and finely chopped

Instructions

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. When it boils, stir in farro and cook until just tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead.) Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the onion, celery, garlic, and thyme then season with the kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, about 5 minutes..

Remove from heat and stir in the apples, grains, broth, currants or raisins, parsley, walnuts, and some freshly ground black pepper. (The stuffing can be made through this point up to 4 days in advance and stored refrigerated until ready to proceed. Place filling in a 2 quart baking dish and bake until the filling is heated through, 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Notes

Farro is an ancient wheat grain that can be found in high-end grocery stores and in many health food stores. If you are pressed for time, look for semi-pearled farro, which will cook faster. Wheatberries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels, and they are usually available in the bulk section of health or high-end grocery stores. If you can’t find them, go ahead and use farro, spelt, barley, or brown rice instead. Barley would also work well if you can’t find either farro or wheatberries.


Photo by Aida Mollenkamp // Food Styling by Lillian Kang

http://saltandwind.com/recipes/244-acorn-squash-wheatberry-apple-walnut-stuffing-recipe

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