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Ground Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is an elegant-looking dish that can be served for special-occasion meals as well as everyday dinners. This is a "must" for our family when our garden squash is in bloom. --Ruth Stone, Lindsay, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tart apple, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 teaspoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons butter


  • Invert squash in two ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Add water and cover with foil. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Add the apple, rice, sunflower kernels and curry. Cook and stir until apple is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the egg, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Place squash cut side up on a baking sheet. Place 1 teaspoon remaining brown sugar and 1 teaspoon butter in each half. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Fill with meat mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Acorn squash are easier to cut in half if you first soften them in the microwave for a few minutes. Always pierce squash with a fork before microwaving to allow steam to escape.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed squash half: 496 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 8g fiber), 23g protein.
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  • Maria Angela
    Oct 1, 2020

    Oh my gosh, is delicious!

  • Jason
    Mar 1, 2020

    This is a really tasty dish. The curry powder and the brown sugar add a really interesting twist to the dish. I felt there was something lacking in flavor, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Nonetheless, delisious, and I'll definitely make it again.

  • Ruth
    Feb 17, 2019

    This meal was terrible! From the blend between the sunflower kernels to the soft curried apples... this was a no go. Even my boyfriend took a bite and went “nope, what is that flavor? Nope”. Sadly I have to give this 0 stars and a sad face for wasting such good meat and squash.

  • redhummert
    Sep 19, 2017

    Really delicious. After much skepticism, the kids devoured them and asked for leftovers.

  • SandyRohr
    Nov 2, 2013

    This is an amazingly tasty dish and healthy too! I used wild rice and sliced toasted almonds,,,yum yum . Thank you Ruth

  • Mlejnek
    Feb 4, 2013

    This is an awesome meal! I like to eat mostly vegetarian meals, so will try substituting mushrooms for the meat.

  • kmarqui
    Nov 28, 2012

    I was surprised at the delicious flavor and my 2 and 4 year old ate all their dinner for once! Easy to make dish. Made no changes.

  • mollyque
    Nov 21, 2011

    The stuffing was delicious! I forgot roast the squash before stuffing (it was one of THOSE dinner prep nights) so we ended up microwaving the squash and then dumping the stuffing on top. It worked. I can't wait until next time when I make it the *right* way!

  • Shoes58
    Nov 10, 2011

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  • gregorym42
    Jan 9, 2011

    This was absolutely delicious and easy to make