Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

1 lg (~2 lbs) butternut, peeled, cut, and seeded
2 lg cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tspn fine sea salt
2 c finely chopped kale
For the Almond-Pepita Parmesan:
1/4 c whole almonds
1/4 c roasted pepita seeds
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/8 tspn fine sea salt
1 tspn extra-virgin olive oil

Grease a lg casserole dish with oil. Chop squash into 1” chunks and place into dish. Add garlic, parsley, oil, and salt and toss. Cover with foil and refrigerate. Place kale into airtight container and refrigerate. Place all of the Parmesan ingredients into food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer into airtight container and refrigerate (all can be stored ~3 days). When ready, preheat oven to 400F. Fork holes in foil on the casserole and bake ~45 min (until squash is fork-tender). Remove from oven, reduce heat to 350F. Stir in kale to the squash. Sprinkle the parmesan over top. Bake ~6 min, uncovered, until nuts are lightly toasted and kale has wilted. Serve warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

By Angela Liddon - OhSheGlows.com - Karen made this last week - soooooo goood!!!

Harvest Dinner Stuffed Winter Squash

Preheat the oven to 375. Halve butternuts and scoop out the seeds. Eye the squash to decide the amount of stuffing you will need. Place in a baking dish, skin side down, and cover with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until still firm, but starting to soften. Meanwhile….

Either use leftover whole grains or cook some up fresh. My preference is a mix of wild  or purple rice and brown rice, but I have used barley, whole grain wheat, rye and millet. 

Sauté leeks or onions, garlic and a mix of vegetables (all cut up fine) in olive oil. My preference is carrots, sweet potatoes and kale with a smaller amount of rutabaga, celeriac and turnip. Mix in a cheese of choice. Feta is delicious; soft, flavored goat cheese great. Mix in the grains. Add a smattering of unusual goodies like capers, dried cranberries, golden raisins or cherries. Add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on top.

Fill the squash and cover with foil. I have loaded the entire top of the baking dish when I’ve made too much filling and it has worked just fine. Cook until the squash is soft. Take the cover off and cook for 3-5 minutes more. 

This is from our own Karen Romanowski. It's the recipe she used to make the stuffed squash at our harvest dinner in November. (Karen Levine loved this one!!)  She says " it's a non-recipe recipe. The ingredients are very flexible, as are the amounts. Stuff any winter squash. Butternuts are great, but it’s been delicious in all varieties. It can be more grain-y or more vegetable-y, use whatever you have, just don’t forget a little curry powder."

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples

There are many fabulous ways to stuff a squash - here's our first recipe of the season, which includes celery and apples, in abundance at the farm at present. 

Ingredients:

2 acorn squash (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise and seeded                                              

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing                                                            

salt and freshly ground pepper                                                                                                              

3/4 cups diced celery                                                                                                                                    

1 leek, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick                                                                

1 apple, peeled and diced                                                                                                                                  

1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme                                                                                                  

approximately 3 cups 10 old sourdough or heavy bread—crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch dice                                                                                  

4 ounces vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts or raw pecans or walnuts                                                         

1/4 cup chopped parsley                                                                                                                                     

1/8 - 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk                                                                                                                      

1/3 cup vegetable stock or broth

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Brush the cut sides of the squash with olive oil and season the cavities with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut side down on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, until just tender.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add the celery, leeks and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the apples and thyme and cook over moderately high heat until the apples just start to soften, about 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl. Add the bread, chestnuts, parsley, cream and enough stock to moisten and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Turn the squash cut side up. Spoon the stuffing into the cavities and bake until the squash are tender and the stuffing is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve.