Apple Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash




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This is the perfect dish to make when the weather starts to get cool, and perfectly ripe acorn squash begin to appear at the grocery store.   The combination of sage, apples, and squash works really well together and is very filling!


1 large acorn squash
1 lb ground beef
1 large apple, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces  (peeling is optional, I am lazy and leave the skin on)
1 large white onion, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp coconut flour


1.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Wash and dry your squash.  Using a large sharp knife, cut the squash in half vertically.  Using a spoon, scoop out all of the seeds and throw them in the trash.

2.  Place the 2 halves of acorn squash cut side down in a large baking dish (I use glass pyrex) and bake for 40 minutes. 

3.   While the squash is baking, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat.   Add your chopped onions and apples to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.  Add the ground beef and break up with a spoon.   Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add in your brown sugar, sage, salt and pepper.  Cook for 1 more minute, stirring until everything is well mixed.

4.  Remove the pan from heat and stir in the 2 tsp of coconut flour.  This helps all the juices at the bottom of the pan to absorb into your "stuffing" mixture.

5.  When the squash are done cooking, remove the baking dish from the oven (but leave oven turned on) and flip the squash right side up so that they form little bowls.  Spoon your beef mixture into each squash.  Depending on how big your squash is, you might have leftover beef mixture, which you can cook in a ramekin and eat as leftovers the next day.

6.  Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes before serving because these are VERY hot and will burn your mouth if eaten right out of the oven.

Makes 2 servings (plus leftovers)...or 3-4 smaller servings if you use 2 small acorn squash.

Notes:  I like having acorn squash on my counter because they will sit there and last for WEEKS without going bad!   This is a very easy dinner to make when you have nothing left in the fridge.  I always have ground beef in my freezer, and an apple & onion lying around.   It tastes amazing and makes you feel very full after eating.  I usually serve this with a very light salad....

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    3 years ago

    Thank you for this. I didn't know what to do with the acorn squash in my fridge and this was delicious! Great recipe.


    3 years ago

    I just had this for my xmas dinner. (and leftovers this morning)

    I made it with half pork and half turkey.

    OHHHHhhhh so yummy. Christmas dinner in a squash.


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    Reply 3 years ago

    Sounds delicious!! I sometimes make this using ground sausage instead of beef :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great instructable. It's an easy, inexpensive dish that goes a long way. Also, I used my leftover stuffing to make a couple sandwiches, and they were amazing! I know, I know... that kills the gluten-free thing, but tasty nonetheless.

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    5 years ago

    Have you considered washing, oven roasted,and salt drying the seeds. Tasty!

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    Reply 5 years ago

    That sounds amazingly delicious! Someday when I have more time I will give it a try. In the meantime, I take care of my 3 year old all day long and barely sit down some days :)


    Reply 5 years ago

    You can roast them at the same time as you bake the squash. As for three year olds, you're lucky. My oldest daughter has triplets, they're three also, and she has a six year old too! Try going five different directions at once, counting her husband, lol. ???