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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Rice and Dried Cherries

Two towns northwest of us is Woodstock. The paved-brick town square holds a farmers’ market every Tuesday and Saturday throughout growing season.  This time of year, it’s jam-packed with a huge variety of colorful squashes. 

Music at the gazebo on market day

Few vegetables impart a better combination of nutrition, flavor and storability than squash.  Acorn squash is a winter squash that is one of my favorites for roasting.  They’re easy to slice, and bake with just a little butter, and have a delicious, slightly fibrous flesh. 

Even better, is to stuff the squash with this stuffing.  The hearty rice and sweet dried cherries make it a tasty autumn dish for your family and friends.  I think it would be even more delicious with a little sautéed sausage added to it for a holiday side dish.

As a side note, for those of you who may have seen the movie, “Groundhog Day,” with Bill Murray ~ it was filmed in Woodstock, as were several scenes from “Planes Trains and Automobiles.”  On top of all that, it was also the home of Chester Gould, the cartoonist and the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.  It’s one famous little town!

Photo credit:  Columbia pictures Groundhog Day

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Rice and Dried Cherries


2 acorn squashes, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
½ teaspoon dried sage
Sea salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
1 cup long grain white rice, cooked with chicken broth
1 cup brown rice, cooked with chicken broth
¾ cup dried cherries
½ cup chopped pecans, optional


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
On a baking sheet, arrange squash cut side won and roast until tender, about 30 minutes.
In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat.
Add garlic, onion and sage; season with salt and pepper.
Cook, until tender, 3-5 minutes.
Add cooked rice and toss to combine.
Remove from heat and stir in cherries and nuts.
Season the inside of squash halves with salt and pepper.
Divide stuffing among squash.


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and easy recipes! 


  1. Pam, We both like acorn squash and we appreciate this recipe...another way to enjoy the squash! It never fails to amaze me at the combinations that folks come up with...that actually work! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Yep, acorn squash - two thumbs up!

  3. Probably my very favorite squash...and with dried cherries...can't get much better, can it?

  4. Another unique and awesome recipe!

  5. Sam and I love acorn squash, but have never had it with the rice. Another great recipe.

  6. Stuffed winter squash is one of my favorite fall foods! Love the sound of this filling.

  7. Dear Pam, This is a beautiful fall dish. It is healthy and colorful.
    The festival looks like a lot of fun. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Catherine xo

  8. Nothing says fall weather like roasted acorn squash. You have really dressed it up with the lovely rice filling, Pam.

  9. I love the flavors you have combined for this recipe! I would love to go to Woodstock; Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies.

  10. I've never been to either Woodstock!! = ) This sounds like a nice little day trip sometime. I've already put away my summer clothes and am about ready to pull out the down duvet!! Of course, as they say, if you don't like Chicago's weather, just wait and it'll be different tomorrow.

    This recipe looks delicious. My Polish husband loves kielbasa and we are fortunate to have so many Polish delis.

    Keep warm.


  11. Both movies are so funny! The Acorn Squash looks yummy. For me it's difficult to cut this variety of squash in there a tip you can share? Thanks.

  12. I love squash, I will definetly be trying this!

  13. Merhabalar, ellerinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.


  14. Squash ... yum sounds lovely, and thephotos are wonderful!


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