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Squash-Stuffed Baked Apples

 Squash-Stuffed Baked Apples
My husband and our four children enjoy my baking creations, including apples filled with squash and festive spices. They make a healthy and delicious accompaniment to a holiday meal. —Carolyn Buschkamp, Emmetsburg, Iowa
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


  • 8 medium tart apples
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-1/2 cups mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Core apples, leaving bottoms intact; peel
  • top third of each. Remove centers of apples, leaving 1/2-in. shells;
  • chop removed apple and set aside.
  • Place cored apples in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small
  • bowl, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, orange juice and water; pour over
  • apples. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour or until apples are tender, basting
  • occasionally with juice mixture.
  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add chopped
  • apple; cook and stir until tender. Stir in squash; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir
  • in salt, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and remaining brown sugar. Spoon into
  • baked apples; sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until heated through, basting
  • occasionally. Drizzle with pan juices before serving. Yield: 8

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Nutritional Facts: 1 stuffed apple equals 192 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 1 g protein.