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Fruit-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Holiday meals are even more festive when I serve colorful acorn squash with a fruity filling tucked inside each half. This recipe combines the delightful flavor of winter squash with the season's finest apples and cranberries. -Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 70 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped tart apples
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Add 1 in. of hot water to the pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  • Drain water from pan; turn squash cut side up. Sprinkle with salt. Combine the remaining ingredients; spoon into squash. Bake 40-50 minutes longer or until squash is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 240 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 6g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Feb 10, 2016

    I prepared this delicious dish tonight and we gobbled it down. This is definitely a 5-star recipe. My hubby, who can take squash or leave it, ate every last bite. We will be having this recipe again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home.

  • JenniWren
    Nov 24, 2010

    It's so scarfy!! Wherever I take it, I never have any left to take home and everyone always asks for the recipe!

  • Waterloo
    Nov 3, 2010

    This is the only way I cook acorn squash now.

  • turtle68
    Nov 23, 2009

    I loved acorn squash as a child but could not figure out how to cook it as an adult. I found this recipe and tried it. Now my husband loves it too and we have it every holiday. The sweet and sour filling adds so much flavor.