fall themes: stuffed squash "flowers"
When my mom comes to town she stays for two nights (a Friday to Sunday deal). One of these nights I take her out to a restaurant and the other night I cook something she wouldn't usually have. Seeing as it is the weekend before Halloween, dinner with fall flavors made a lot of sense!
Flavors like maple syrup. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. An added richness from goat cheese. An elevated sweetness from dried cranberries. Add a few veggies and pair with roasted acorn squash and you've got an amazing (vegetarian!) dinner.
This dish was mom and boyfriend approved. To me that means the world! It's also pretty easy on the wallet, which is exactly what I needed after eating out for every meal this weekend.
Before getting into the recipe, I would also like to add that I'm really into introducing my mom to food she has never had before or claims not to like. I did both of these things with this dish! She claims not to like eggplant, but she ate it right up. She also has never had sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichokes), so I thought this was the perfect way to get her into them. Point of me bringing this up being - this is a great dish to change minds. Don't be afraid to introduce your friends and family to new foods or to convince them they are stubborn about disliking food for no reason. (but of course, have a back up plan. you never know how they will react! hopefully well, though.)
Without further ado, here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy and do yourself a favor...cook this dish ASAP while the flavors of fall are as comforting as they are now!
Stuffed Acorn Squash "Flowers"
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 "flowers", 2 per serving
You Will Need:
What dishes have you made to introduce others to new foods?
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