Instant Pot Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

This smelled so good when I put it in front of the Hubs, he didn’t even ask what it was, he just dug in! After a couple bites of the filling together with the squash, he was hooked. I’ll be making this dish often – very hearty and flavorful. Original recipe came from my good friend, Penny Stanley. 

Instant Pot Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 acorn squash
2 lb. Italian pork sausage
1/2 tsp. oregano flakes
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. sage
1 carrot, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 apple, skin on, cored and diced
1 Tbs. maple syrup
Kosher salt and freshly ground black ipepper, to taste
2 Tbs. panko crumbs
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided use

Cut ends from each acorn squash, then place both squash (whole) into the microwave. On full power, cook squash for 2 minutes; remove from microwave and cut each squash in half. Using a spoon, scrape seeds and membranes from each squash half.
Half a squash
Cleaned Squash
Place 1/2 cup broth along with a metal trivet into the bottom of the Instant Pot; add all 4 squash halves, flesh side up. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place, choosing the High Pressure setting for 5 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot up to full pressure. When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all the pressure from the Instant Pot. Gently remove all the squash halves to a greased baking dish, flesh side up, leaving the skins on; season the squash with salt and pepper, to taste.

Set the Instant Pot to sauté setting; when pot is hot, add sausage, spices, carrots, onions, and celery; cook until sausage is nicely browned and vegetables are softened, 6-8 minutes. Stir in apples and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Drain fats if needed, then stir in maple syrup, panko, and 3/4 cup Parmesan; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the prepared sausage mixture evenly between the four squash halves, then sprinkle the tops with 1 Tbs. each of Parmesan.
Place squash into a preheated 375 degree F. oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot throughout. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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I like your idea of using the instant pot.

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