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GROUND BEEF

STUFFED WINTER SQUASH

TOTAL TIME: 90 MIN

PREP TIME: 15 MIN

LEVEL: EASY

SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

1 lb 44 Farms Ground Beef

1 Tbs Fennel Seeds (lightly toasted)

1/2 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Smoked Chili Powder

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

1Tbs 44 Farms Salt & Pepper Blend

1 c White Onion (small diced)

2 Tbs Garlic (minced)

1 c Apples (peeled and small diced)

1/2 c Chestnuts (chopped)

1 c Quinoa (cooked)

2 Tbs Sage

1 1/2 c Beef Stock

2 c Gruyere Cheese (grated)

3 each Winter Squash

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Tbs 44 Farms Salt & Pepper Blend

 

 


GROUND BEEF STUFFED WINTER SQUASH

  • 1
    Combine ground beef, fennel seeds, paprika, smoked chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and 44 Farms Salt & Pepper Blend in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Place in refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes, or let sit overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 400º.
  • 3
    Cut tops and bottoms off of each squash and cut in half. Scrap out seeds.
  • 4
    Place squash halves on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 Tbs 44 Farms Salt & Pepper Blend.
  • 5
    Place squash flesh-side down and roast in oven for 25–35 minutes until tender.
  • 6
    While the squash is roasting begin making the filling.
  • 7
    Heat sauté pan over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbs of canola oil. Add onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for two more minutes.
  • 8
    Add beef mix and sauté for about 8 minutes until browned.
  • 9
    Add apples and chestnuts and sauté for three more minutes.
  • 10
    Add beef stock and simmer for about 3–4 minutes until reduced.
  • 11
    Fold in quinoa and sage. Heat through and set aside until ready to use.
  • 12
    When squash is finished baking, remove from oven.
  • 13
    Fold in 1 1/2 c of gruyere cheese into beef mixture.
  • 14
    Fill cavity of each baked squash with beef mixture.
  • 15
    Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • 16
    Remove from oven, top with remainder of grated cheese and serve.

CHEF'S TIP: Winter squash varieties to choose from include: acorn, dumpling, delecata and carnival (just to name a few). The cooked beef mixture and roasted squash can be made a day ahead of time, then assembled and baked the next day when ready to serve.

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