VEGAN: Stuffed Acorn Squash And Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
Flavored stuffing in a cute acorn squash.
This is definitely cuteness overload for me. The presentation literally took my breath away. It may look messy for some people but I just love the color and the mix.
It just looks so enticing. The stuffing has this festive color and flavor that just fit right into the acorn squash. For me, it makes the dinner table very lively and I love it that way. You can prepare this for any party or holiday meal. Aside from it being very attractive, it is also very healthy. This is the perfect vegan dish to add on to your menu.
I actually enjoy making it as well, super fun for me. I honestly, love making dishes with stuffing. This might seem to be a little more work and you might need some help but it is worth it all in the end.
Check out the recipe below.
Stuffed Acorn Squash & Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
Stuffed Acorn Squash
2 acorn squash
1/3 C melted vegan butter (can sub melted coconut oil or olive oil)
2 tbsp maple syrup
salt & pepper to taste
1 C brown rice and wild rice mixture (or just use brown rice)
1 1/2 C water
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 C onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 C thawed frozen corn
1 C chopped red pepper
3 C finely chopped kale
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 C tahini (using one that isn’t raw is preferred because it’s creamier)
Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut the acorn squashes in half. Scoop out the seeds and flesh and save the seeds to make a toasted garnish (instructions to follow).
Melt vegan butter and mix with maple syrup. Brush the mixture onto each half of the fleshy part of the squash. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Use about half the melted butter mixture to coat the squash and you’ll want to have some left for the seeds and to cook the stuffing. Bake the squash, flesh side up in a dish or on a foiled baking sheet for 40 mins until soft and golden brown. You’ll want to baste the squash with a brush half way through baking with the butter pooled in the middle.
Toss the seeds in 2 tsp of the melted butter and maple syrup mixture and add a little salt and pepper to taste. Put them on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven alongside the squash for approx. 15-20 mins. until brown and toasted.
While the squash is baking, bring the rice, water, and sea salt to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and let it simmer for approx. 35 mins until all the water is absorbed. Cooking time for rice will vary depending on what brand or mixture you’re using so follow instructions as per the package you have. Once rice is cooked and tender remove from the heat and leave covered while you make the rest of the stuffing. You can also make rice ahead of time or use leftover rice.
Heat a pan to medium and add the remaining vegan butter and maple syrup mixture and finely chopped onion. Sauté the onion for 1-2 mins then stir in cinnamon and nutmeg and cook for another 2 mins. Then stir in corn and red pepper and turn the heat to medium-high to start getting some nice caramelization on the corn and pepper. Stir fry this mixture for another 4-6 minutes. Then lower the heat and stir in finely chopped kale and minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 mins. When the kale is just wilted but still bright green add in the rice. Combine everything and then stir in tahini. Taste the stuffing and add sea salt and pepper to your taste. Once everything is mixed thoroughly remove the rice stuffing from the heat.
At this point your squash are baked through so you can turn the oven off and stuff the rice mixture into the centre of each squash and leave them in the oven to stay warm while you make the red wine cranberry sauce.
Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
1 C whole cranberry sauce from a can
1/2 C red wine
1 tsp orange zest
alternate version using dried cranberries:
1 C dried cranberries
1/2 C water
1/2 C red wine
1 tbsp raw cane sugar
1 tsp orange zest
In a sauce pan over medium heat combine all the ingredients and allow it to reduce and thicken, whisking frequently . It should take approx. 10 mins.
Pour 1-2 tbsp of sauce over each stuffed squash and garnish with the toasted seeds.