Autumn Pear-Stuffed Butternut Squash

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

Autumn has arrived and in celebration of our new season,  I’m baking butternut squash in my oven, enjoying the autumnal spices as they perfume my home. I often roast this wonderful squash with a splash of olive oil, dried oregano and basil. This recipe has the flavors of pumpkin pie without the crust.  It  makes a great side dish to any meal, or as a light main dish.

Autumn Pear-Stuffed Butternut Squash
 
Stuffing butternut squash gives you the fall-spiced treat you need for your fall menu.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek Inspired
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Preparation for the squash
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Filling
  • 1 large butternut squash, halved, and seeds removed
  • 1 bosc pear, cored and peeled, roughly chopped
  • 4 California dried figs, roughly chopped (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons California golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Greek feta, crumbled
  • Note: I use Nutra Figs, their moist and delicious (www.nutrafig.com)
Instructions
  1. Cut each squash in half and again in half cutting near the top of the rounded bottom leaving a long half. (See photo . Now, you should have 4 pieces.
  2. Place all the pieces on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  3. Sprinkle all four pieces with a little olive oil, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Turn and place the squash skin side down on the sheet pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until fork tender. Let cool slightly.
  6. Scoop out the flesh from the long end only and place in bowl. Using a fork and gently mash flesh.
  7. Add pear, figs, raisins, almonds, honey, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  8. Stir all ingredients gently together.
  9. Place the mixture evenly into the two squash pieces.
  10. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes until warm and lightly golden.
  11. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve warm.

 

To begin this recipe, you will need the following equipment:
1 sheet pan
parchment paper/silpat/
medium bowl

First step is to cut the squash into four pieces.

Sprinkle with spices and oil.


Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until fork tender.(about 45 minutes)

Scoop out flesh from long piece only. Place in bowl and mix in other ingredients.

Stuff mixture evenly into the two round pieces. Sprinkle with feta cheese.


Serve warm.

 

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