Golden Stuffed Squash
A wonderful way to eat squash this Autumn, serve as part of a roast dinner, with one of our sauces or homemade gravy. Top TipIf you're in a hurry, try sachets of pre-cooked mixed grains instead of cooking it from scratch. Merchant Gourmet's Grains, Red Rice & Quinoa or similar would work well. Just reduce the amount of stock, reduce the cooking time to around 5-10 minutes frying up the onions etc - then add the grains last to warm through with the rest of the mixture.
2 small squashes (eg acorn or small butternut squash)
3 cloves garlic
Low-cal oil spray
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Filling 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped
10g/⅓3 oz dried mushrooms (porcini or mixed), eg Merchant Gourmet
70g/2½ oz long grain rice*
20g/¾ oz quick-cook wild rice* See Top Tip above
500ml/18fl oz vegetable stock
½ tsp chopped rosemary
2 tsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp pine nuts
1 heaped tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
2. Cut the squashes in half, remove all seeds with a spoon, and lightly mist the squash with oil spray.
3. Quarter the garlic cloves. Place some in the hollows of each squash piece and dot the rest around the edges of each squash half.
4. Add the rosemary needles and season with a little salt and black pepper.
5. Place in a roasting dish and roast for 45 minutes or until the flesh is soft.
6. While the squashes roast, prepare the filling.
In a saucepan, sauté the onion in the oil spray or oil until translucent and add the wild rice and vegetable stock.
7. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
8. Add the dried mushrooms, long grain rice, rosemary and dried cranberries.
9. Bring to the boil once more, then cover and simmer over a very low heat until the stock is absorbed and the rice is soft (about 20-25 minutes).
10. Meanwhile, make gravy, or a sauce such asRoasted Red Pepper Sauce and cook potatoes/other vegetables.
11. Once rice is cooked, stir in the pine nuts and chopped thyme.
12. Divide this filling between the four squash halves and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve hot with sauce or gravy.
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