11.28.2010

stuffed acorn squash -moroccan style

I've been wanting to stuff an acorn squash for as long as I can remember. Every time I run across a recipe for stuffed squash I think to myself, "I really should try this!". Then the doubt sets in....I'm not at all sure my family would go for "stuff" stuffed into a squash. They may just completely hate it. Well, this time I thought, "Hey, my husband has survived my soups on more than one occasion, surely he can survive a stuffed squash...right?". So I went for it.

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I am pleased as punch to report that everyone enjoyed the stuffing and the squash very much. Hurray!

I put together a blend of Moroccan-ish spices and threw together just what I had in the cupboards and fridge. This recipe is quite nice and so aromatic. It was easy to put together and it was a nice break from the ordinary.

Stuffed Acorn Squash~Moroccan Style
by theUngourmet

makes about six servings

3 acorn squash, cut in half and seeded

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 lb ground turkey
**Moroccan seasoning blend
2 cups cooked brown rice (cooked in chicken broth for flavor)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 large carrots, chopped
2/3 cup chicken broth

**Moroccan Spice Blend
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground curry powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp evaporated cane sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350. Place the acorn squash into a shallow baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

While the squash is baking, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey. Crumble and cook though. Add the spices, beans, carrot and broth. Simmer on medium low until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove squash from oven and fill evenly with stuffing. Place back into to oven for another 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Feel free to play around with ingredients and add more or less of whatever spices you like. You can also add raisins to this if you like. I personally do not care for raisins in savory dishes like this but if you do, I say you should go for it.

Have a terrific week!





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28 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

wow I love baked stuffed acorn squash...your Moroccan flavoured squash looks divine!

TKW said...

Totally irrelevant, but I love the plate!

As luck would have it, I am channeling Morocco later this week--must be something in the water!

bellini valli said...

Oh happy day when everbody LOVES it!!

Jeannie said...

I don't think I have eaten any stuffed dish before! Like you I have my reservations:P Like the look of this stuffed acorn squash:)

Nicole said...

I like this very much! I've been on a moroccan kick ever since we ate in "Morocco" at Disney Worlds Epcot. This look amazing! And I have 2 acorn squashes here ready to make it!

Check out this recipe for a Moroccan soup. It is delicious!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/moroccan-spiced-chickpea-soup-recipe/index.html

Cathy said...

I love the spices you've used in your blend, Kim. And acorn squash is one of my favorites.

Emily Z said...

Mmmm, this does sound fabulous. I am sure you've noticed in my blog that my husband is not a huge fan of squash, but maybe the other flavors in this would make it bearable for him! It looks GREAT!

Stella said...

Hey Kim, I can't see how they wouldn't like these stuffed acorn squashes. I mean, what's not to like (smile)? Plus, this is such a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers...Yeah!

Randi Troxell said...

ooooh they looks marvelous!!!

Kim said...

I'm so happy to hear that your husband and everyone enjoyed this. I know how it can be to want to make something and worry about everyone liking it. It looks delightful!

Joanne said...

You KNOW that I've been on the edge of my seat waiting for this recipe since yesterday! I LOVE the moroccan flavors in it and I'm so glad it was a family hit!

The Blonde Duck said...

What a cool idea!

Juliana said...

Wow, your stuffed acorn looks awesome...actually I have one sitting on my kitchen counter...

Evan @swEEts said...

So when I saw this pop up on my feed, I thought to myself "I should really try this" and it made me laugh when I read your post.. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet like you did and actually try it! This one sounds absolutely delicious.

tasteofbeirut said...

I have an acorn squash sitting on the counter and now I know what to do with it! Thanks!

Nisrine | Dinners and Dreams said...

I'm from Morocco nad love evrything Moroccan. This flavors of this dish are making me nostalgic!

Nisrine | Dinners and Dreams said...

I love the pumpkin bars below just as much :)

teresa said...

i actually have an acorn squash sitting on my counter needing to be used. this looks lovely!

Monet said...

Hi Kim! Well, I'm certainly glad that you went for it! This looks and sounds delicious, and I love the spice blend you included. I want to give that a try with my chicken tomorrow night! Stuffed acorn squash presents beautifully, and I'm sure it tasted even better. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Moroccan food is one of my all time favourites. I'd love to try this, as not only does it look spectacular, but it is full of awesome flavours.
*kisses* HH

jacqueline said...

Oh wow this really do look soo yummie! I also adore your gorgeous plate lots! I hope you had a great merry happy thanksgiving. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

Claudia said...

I love stuffed squash and you came up with a beauty. The Moroccan spices heighten the delicate sweetness.

lisa is cooking said...

The chickpeas and rice sound great in the stuffing, and moraccan spices are so great with squash. Now, I want to stuff a squash too!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

Kim, your squash looks and sounds fantastic! I love Moroccan flavors, so this is right down my alley!

Jamie said...

I love when people take something that I've grown up seeing cooked only in one plain simple way and giving it an exotic twist. And I love Moroccan flavors. Fabulous, special holiday side.

♥peachkins♥ said...

hmmnn..not a usual dish here!

UrMomCooks said...

Glad u went for it! (Families are always surprising us! - who can predict what they will go for?) This looks delicious...making me think about stuffing some leftover cornbread sausage stuffing into a squash just like that one...

Magic of Spice said...

I love squash and really love stuffed squash...beautiful list of spices and looks so amazingly delicious! Glad you tried it out :)

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