Sausage & Cranberry Filled Delicata Squash


What is delicata squash?

One of the most lovely squash available in my opinion! This squash has a delicate flavor, and the skin is so thin that you can eat it without having to peel the squash. The delicata squash is perfect for this recipe because of it’s shape: long and boat like in shape. When this is cut in half lengthwise, you are left with two squash halves which are a perfect vessel for stuffing.

Can you use other types of squash?

You can use acorn or butternut. You could even stuff this into scooped out sweet potatoes. However, the light, slightly sweet taste and small size of the delicata squash is a perfect complement to the sausage stuffing.

For the sausage stuffing…

This recipe gives you the instructions to make your own seasoned sausage. Because sausage that you find in the store, pre made, has nitrates, nitrites, and other chemicals, it is best to make your own sausage using organic ground pork. It is simple. Simply add a few dried herbs and salt, that’s all you need to do. It is worth it, did you know that sausage is linked to colon cancer? Make your own from scratch, your body will thank you!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 45 mins
Servings: 2
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

You Need

To make the sausage for the filling

Sausage Stuffing


Make the sausage

    • In a large skillet over medium heat, add sausage and crumble.
    • After a few minutes, add garlic. 
    • Continue cooking sausage until it is cooked through, a few more minutes, then add remaining ingredients.
    • Mix to combine. 
    • Remove from heat.
    You can skip this section if you are using store bought sausage. Just remember that additives in your sausage are bad for your health! Nitrates and nitrites are shown to cause cancer in recent scientific studies!

Cook Squash

    • Heat oven to 400 degrees. 
    • Season squash with avocado oil, salt and pepper.
    • Place squash cut sides down in a glass baking dish with 2 tablespoons of water or chicken broth.
    • Cook for 20 minutes, until squash is tender.
    You can check your delicata squash for doneness by piercing the flesh with a knife. It should glide in smoothly.

Stuff Delicata Squash

    • Heat skillet over medium heat. Add cranberries. Toss them around in the pan for a couple of minutes.
    • Add water.
    • Cook, stirring frequently, until they pop and soften and all of the liquid has evaporated.
    • Add a few dashes of fat or oil to pan and add chopped mushrooms. 
    • Cook until mushrooms are very soft, over medium low heat, about 10 minutes.
    • Add sausage, stir to combine.
    • Stuff squash halves with sausage mixture. Place in oven to re-heat, about 5 minutes.
    • Serve!
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