Apple and Pecan Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash plus a Supermoon Stargazer Alert!
The filling is the highlight here, as is the case in most stuffed dishes!
This scalloped smooth-textured tiny squash is about the size of a softball, and has cream-colored skin with green specks and stripes ~ resembling a mini-pumpkin with its top pushed in.
It’s a mild-tasting sweet squash with tender orange meat that is great for stuffing and baking.
This is easy to prepare: a mixture of fresh apples, dried cherries, chopped pecans, butter and spices, to stuff the sweet squash and bake until the squash is tender.
There’s little better on the supper table on a cool fall night or…
At the Thanksgiving table!
Apple and Pecan Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash
2 sweet dumpling squash
½ cup apples, diced small
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup dried cherries, diced
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut each squash in half and scoop out seeds.
In a medium bowl, add apples, cherries, brown sugar, melted butter, salt, pepper, and spices.
Fill the squash cavities with equal amounts of apple mixture.
Place squash on a baking sheet and lightly cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes, until squash is fork tender.
On another note...
Stargazer alert: Gear up for tonight's extra-bright Supermoon!
The rare occurrence will make the full moon appear bigger and brighter in the sky, and this event will be the biggest supermoon in 68 years. Supermoons occur about once every 13 months, at the point when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, and they can appear to be as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter than an average full moon, according to NASA.
And you don't even have to be a stargazer or need a telescope ~ just look up!
|Supermoon over Chicago River by Dancin Artworks|
Weather permitting, it's a sky-show the whole planet can observe and enjoy!