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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Quinoa

Cooking time:  35 - 60 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        As long as we're at the deli counter getting ham, might as well get enough for this.  Acorn squash is perfect for stuffing:  they're small with a large, hollow center.  1 squash is a perfect size for 2 people. South American quinoa makes this a very 'new world' dish.

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Quinoa

Total time: 60 minutes, 35 if you use a microwave 
     The squash bakes while the stuffing is prepared and just needs 10 minutes to finish.  I usually can't get all of the stuffing in, so I keep it warm and serve it on the side.  The salty ham and slightly crunchy quinoa contrast well with the sweet squash.  And, yes, the mustard works too!

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Quinoa Ingredients:


Cooking Schedule: 35 - 60 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, small saucepan with lid, baking dish,
plate if using microwave

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Cut squash, scoop out seeds, cook - either method
Start to cook quinoa
Chop onion, celery, sauté

Mince garlic, add to onion/celery
Cut ham
Add ham, sage to onion/celery
Add mustard, stock, stir well, bring to boil
Dissolve cornstarch in stock, thicken ham mixture
Add quinoa, stir to combine
When squash is ready, stuff and bake
    Pause while it bakes
Remove squash and serve 

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