Saturday, November 8, 2008

APPLE FILLED SQUASH HALVES

2 acorn squash
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tart apples, pared and coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup raisins
salt
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash squash and cut each in half. Remove all seeds and fibers from centers of squash. Place halves cut sides down in an ungreased baking pan. Add water to a depth of 1/4 inches. Bake uncovered until squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Meanwhile, brown meat and drain off fat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, cinnamon, apples, and raisins. Turn squash to cut sides up; drain any remaining liquid from the pan. Scoop out pulp from shells, leaving a 1/4 inch thick wall in each. Season shells with salt. Mash pulp and mix into the meat mixture. Spoon mixture into shells. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar over each and drizzle with the butter. Bake, uncovered until the apple is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
NOTE: If you prefer, substitute 1/2 lb bulk pork sausage for 1/2 lb of the ground beef.

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