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Autumn Acorn Squash

This quick and easy dish is a meal in itself. I serve this quite often during the fall and winter months. I was born and raised on eastern Long Island and am whole-heartedly a country person.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • Cut squash in half and discard seeds; set squash aside. In a skillet over medium heat, cook turkey until no longer pink; drain. Add egg, rice,apple, cranberries, celery, salt, parsley, allspice and cardamom. Spoon into squash halves; place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Fill dish with hot water to a depth of 1/2 in. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until the squash is tender.

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  • BMuhlbaier
    Jun 27, 2013

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  • VictoriaElaine
    Nov 11, 2012

    I substituted ground Italian sausage for the ground turkey as that was what I had on hand. I didn't have cardamom, so skipped it. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly & was pleased with the results. Very yummy! My only complaint is that it took my squash a lot longer to bake since they were big. It took at least an extra 45 minutes before they were tender enough to eat.

  • elaineae
    Sep 20, 2012

    Very good. Used brown rice and leftover canned cranberries. Didn't have allspice and cardamom so just sprinkled with paprika.