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Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash

We often make this side dish in the fall, after harvesting fresh squash from our garden. A hint of Asian flavor offers a different, unexpected accent. I especially enjoy the pleasant flavor combination of mozzarella and ginger. —Lydia Garcia, Gouldsboro, Maine

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  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 large acorn squash
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder


  • Cut squash in half; remove seeds. Place cut side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the rice, water and soy sauce to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until almost tender. Add apples; saute for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the rice, cheese, walnuts, cream, vinegar, honey, ginger and curry.
  • Turn squash over; stuff with rice mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Editor's Note
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

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  • muffbear74
    Dec 15, 2015

    I guess my squash was too small because I had quite a bit of leftover stuffing. I just put it in the same dish and baked it along with the squash. Annice change from the sweet squash that I usually make.

  • stephromano
    Oct 11, 2008

    This recipe is fantastic! The flavors are just right for a cool, breezy day and it's even better as a left over. I substitute chicken for the apples and it makes it the perfect one dish meal!