Air Fryer Apple, Cranberries and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

 

Air Fryer Apple, Cranberries and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash is a family favorite in the fall and winter months. A tender acorn squash stuffed with sausage, apples, cranberries, and savory herbs, what else could a family ask for? This Air Fryer apple, cranberries, and sausage stuffed acorn squash is the perfect addition to your holiday feast or even a quick weeknight meal. 

 

If you ask me, nothing beats an acorn squash! There is something about the versatility of an acorn squash. I can make it into a savory dish to serve as an appetizer or main course. I can also make it into a sweet dish to serve as a dessert or midday snack.

Either route I take, it always ends up delicious. If you are new to cooking with acorn squash, I highly recommend giving it a try. Acorn squash is easy to prepare and they offer stunning presentation value. This is a great recipe to serve during the holiday season. 

 

I reach for my Air Fryer when cooking with acorn squash because it “air fries” the squash to perfection. You get that roasted taste with a slight texture on the outside and soft and tender texture on the inside of the squash. Plus the Air Fryer won’t heat your home as opposed to the oven and is the perfect size to cook a squash. 

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How Can You Tell An Acorn Squash Is Good 

Picking produce can be a little tricky at times. I find that when you are going to buy an acorn squash, you want a handful of features to be present. These tips will help you to find the best squash that will taste good. 

  • Heavy | Test out a handful of the squash and find one that is heavy for its size. The weight will be a good indicator that it could be a great candidate to bring home. 
  • Smooth | Once you see it is heavy for its size, now look for smooth, dull skin. Feel around that no soft spots are lurking on the surface. A weak spot could mean the squash is going bad inside. 
  • Color | Try to find a mix of green and orange in color. 

What to Avoid When Picking Out An Acorn Squash 

Shiny | If you see your acorn squash is shiny, put it down and walk away. That means it was picked before it reached maturity and it won’t be tasty. Now some producers will apply a wax to the outside of the acorn, but most of the time the shine indicates it is a little under ripe. 

Can You Eat Acorn Squash Skin 

Have you ever wondered if you could eat acorn squash skin? Surprisingly, you can eat the skin of acorn squash. Just roast, bake, or toss in the Air Fryer as I did, and then serve it in half slices. The skin will become more delicate once it is cooked and you are welcome to eat the skin. 

What is so unique is, just like a pumpkin, you can seed out an acorn squash and roast the seeds as well. In that regard, every single part of acorn squash is edible! Plus, this beautiful squash is always a great addition to your fall-themed menu. 

I think you guys will enjoy and savor this recipe. This is the perfect dish to serve a crowd if you want a stunning presentation value. This is also a great alternative to regular stuffing for the holidays! 

Air Fryer Apple, Cranberries and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Serves – 4

Ingredients

 

  • 2 smallish sized Acorn Squash
  • 1 lb. of ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium sized Onion, diced
  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic
  • ¼ cup of minced Green Pepper
  • ¼ cup of minced Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Oregano
  • 1 large Granny Smith or Honeycrisp Apple, diced
  • 1 cup of Cooked Rice I like to use Jasmine
  • ¼ cup of dried Cranberries
  • ¼ cup of roughly chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Instructions

 

1) Cut each squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and the gunk. Brush each side and the ‘bowl’ that was just created with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.

 

2) Place the acorn squash half in the greased air fryer basket, cut side down. Air fry at 400 F for 10 minutes.

3) While the acorn squash is air fried, heat 2 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

4) Add the sausages, breaking up the lumps with the spatula. Let the meat brown evenly. Drain the meat and reserve in a plate. Discard the fat.

5) Wipe the pan with a paper towel and return it to medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil.

6) Add the chopped onion, garlic, red and green pepper, dried rosemary, thyme and oregano. Sauté till the onions are translucent.

7) Add the brown sausage meat and diced apple. Cook for a couple of minutes.

8) Add the rice and the cranberries and mix it well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

9) Finally add the chopped parsley and give it a good mix.

11) Stuff the air fried acorn squash ‘bowl’ with the prepared filling. There will be some leftover filling that you can serve as a side to the squash.

12) Return the stuffed squash halves to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 for 5 minutes.

13) Garnish with more chopped parsley and serve immediately.

 

 

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Air Fryer Apple, Cranberries and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Air Fryer Apple, Cranberries and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

This Air Fryer apple, cranberries, and sausage stuffed acorn squash is the perfect addition to your holiday feast or even a quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 smallish sized Acorn Squash
  • 1 lb. of ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium sized Onion diced
  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic
  • ¼ cup of minced Green Pepper
  • ¼ cup of minced Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Oregano
  • 1 large Granny Smith or Honeycrisp Apple diced
  • 1 cup of Cooked Rice
  • ¼ cup of dried Cranberries
  • ¼ cup of roughly chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut each squash, lengthwise, and using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and the gunk. Brush each side and the ‘bowl’ that was just created with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  2. Place the acorn squash half in the greased air fryer basket, cut side down. Air fry at 400 F for 10 minutes.
  3. While the acorn squash is air fried, heat 2 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add the sausages, breaking up the lumps with the spatula. Let the meat brown evenly. Drain the meat and reserve in a plate. Discard the fat.
  5. Wipe the pan with a paper towel and return it to medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil.
  6. Add the chopped onion, garlic, red and green pepper, dried rosemary, thyme and oregano. Sauté till the onions are translucent.
  7. Add the brown sausage meat and diced apple. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the rice and the cranberries and mix it well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  9. Finally add the chopped parsley and give it a good mix.
  10. Stuff the air fried acorn squash ‘bowl’ with the prepared filling. There will be some leftover filling that you can serve as a side to the squash.
  11. Return the stuffed squash halves to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 for 5 minutes.
  12. Garnish with more chopped parsley and serve immediately.

 

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