Delicata Squash

fall recipe Nov 03, 2019

Delicata Squash with a sweet sausage and apple stuffing topped with a delicate drizzle of maple syrup. 


  • 2 Delicata Squash
  • 1 lb. sweet italian sausage - ground
  • 1 sweet onion - diced
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • black pepper (or more to taste)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Halve the squash, remove the seeds and rub with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place cut side up on sheet pan, roast until tender.
  • Cook one cup of dried rice in a separate pot.
  • Oil a large frying pan and brown the sausage on medium heat. Stir in sage. Once brown remove the sausage from the pan and drain off excess fat.
  • Return pan to medium/low heat and add diced onion and red pepper and stir until just starting to brown, add diced apple. Continue to stir for 2-3 min. Add white wine and use a wooden spoon to help de-glaze the pan. Cook down until there is no longer liquid in the pan. Add the cooked sausage to the pan. Stir in the apple cider and return to a simmer.
  • Simmer until the liquid is mostly gone and then add in the rice.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and fill with the stuffing mixture.
  • Add Parmesan cheese to the top and return to the oven until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown.
  • Remove from oven and lightly drizzle maple syrup on top (optional.. but worth it)
  • Enjoy with a robust red wine or a full-flavored dark beer like a Brown Ale, Dunkel or Porter!

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