Had one Acorn Squash and remembered a great reipe I had made a few years ago. Found this recipe in a magezine while at a friends house and copied it down. She had told me how great it taste so I tried it. I did change a few ingredients and added some of my own to make it my dish. My sweetie and I love this dish as a one dish meal. It's loaded with tons of flavor.
Wash and cut in half one acorn squash and trim bottoms so they will sit flat.
Scoop out seeds and discard or toast them as you would pumpkin seeds and serve them with a side salad.
Place acorn sqush halves on a sheet pan or in a shallow pan and salt and pepper to taste and pour 1/2 cup water into pan.
Place a tablespoon of pure maple syrup into squash cavity and brush around top of squash with a pastry brush and set aside.
Mix your stuffing mix as directed on side of the box and set aside.
Place a non-stick pan on medium heat and add 1/2 pound of sausage and cook until browned.
Add onion, stir and cook until onions are clear.
Mix sausage and onion into prepared stuffing mix along with two tablespoons of pure maple syrup and mix well.
Place a heaping amount of sausage/stuffing mix into each squach cavity until it is filled.
Place squash in hot oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
Half way into baking; when the stuffing was turning brown I covered the squash with a foil tent to prevent the stuffing mix from becoming too brown and to help tenderize the squash.
Uncover the squash and test the squash for tenderness.
Remove from oven and serve as a one dish meal or add your favorite salad along with the toasted squash seeds.
NOTE: When making only for two you will have leftover stuffing. I plan on stuffing two green peppers tomorrow with it for dinner.
* For large or thick squash I place them cut side down on a pan with sides, add water and place in the oven to bake while I'm making the stuffing. I found that some times this is needed to soften the squash or it takes longer for them to bake after filling them. MMMMMM they are sooooo good!