Turkey stuffed acorn squash is an easy weeknight fall meal that is the perfect combo of savoury, sweet and salty! It’s healthy, low-carb, and delicious! You’ll never look at acorn squash the same way again.
Special Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 1 large acorn squash
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar - plus more for sprinkling
- 1 pound ground turkey (minced turkey)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 1 cup cranberries - dried
- 1 medium apple
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - plus more for topping
- 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut your squash in half, then use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Set your squash aside in a casserole dish that has been greased a bit with some cooking spray.
- Next, melt your butter in a small ramekin. Stir in the nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Brush both ends of the squash liberally with your cinnamon and nutmeg butter. Sprinkle a little bit more brown sugar on top if you wish. Reserve a little bit of butter for drizzling on top of your squash!
- Place the squash in the oven and roast for about 50 minutes to an hour.
- With your squash is cooking, prep your ingredients. In one bowl, you will have your diced onion and thyme. Combine your celery, garlic, cranberries, and apple in a second bowl. Set aside.
- Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in your skillet.
- Once your skillet is warm, add in your ground turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook through, and then remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
- Add in your onions and thyme and cook until the onion is translucent or about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add in the celery, apples, cranberries and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the cooked turkey back into the pan stir consistently for about 3 minutes until it is warm. Add in your breadcrumbs and cheese and stir. Taste-testing is necessary at this point, and you should adjust your salt, pepper and seasonings to taste.
- When your squash comes out of the oven, fill the squash with your turkey stuffing mixture, top with parmesan cheese and place back in the range for about 10 minutes.
- Drizzle your cooked squash with a little more nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar butter if you like, and dig in!