Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Year in the Making, Day 44

Today, I finished up a parasol that's been sitting around partially completed for several weeks. It's one of the brown pagoda-style ones again, accented in brown and green. Since I finished it so late, we'll have to make do with indoor flash pictures.

In between sewing, I was making one of my favorite fall dinners - stuffed squash. I don't know what the name of this particular variety is, but it's one of my favorites. It's about the size and shape of acorn squash, but has alternating bands of yellow and green.

Stuffed Squash:

Two squash, of the variety shown in the picture above
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium-large sweet yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons butter
two large apples, cored, peeled, and diced
4 hot sausages, cut into 1/4" to 1/2" pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400

Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Brush insides of each half with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.

Place squash in large glass casserole dish. Add water to cover the bottom of dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until squash is soft and can be scooped out of shell.

Prepare stuffing while squash is cooking

Melt butter in large saute/frypay. Add onions, saute till softened, stirring occasionally. Add sausage and apples. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, then add brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook till squash timer goes off.

Remove casserole dish from oven. Using oven mitt to hold each squash half, scoop out cooked squash into stuffing. Mix thoroughly, then scoop back evenly into squash shells. Recover casserole dish with foil and cook for additional 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for approximately 15 minutes before serving. Goes excellently with a good chardonnay.

Now I'm hungry again, dangit!


Vandiva said...

Beautiful - both the parasol and your dinner, lol!

Beadsme said...

Ditto to what Van said. Hehehehe

michele said...

Lovely parasol and yummy squash, thanks for recipe also!!!

The Tote Trove said...

The colors of this parasol remind me of chocolate mint. Yummy!

Made By Tammy said...

Wow, that parasol is Amazing!