Squash Stuffed Baked Apples using butternut squash make a healthy and delicious side for any dinner, including festive dinners such as Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners.
It's always fun to serve something unique or "different".
8 medium tart apples
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. butter
2 1/2 mashed cooked butternut squash
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided (or less)
Core the apples, leaving the bottom one inch intact.
Peel the top third of each apple, and remove the apple pulp, leaving a 1/2 inch shell.
Chop the removed apple and set aside.
Place the cored apples in an ungreased 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish.
Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, the orange juice and water, and pour mixture over the apples.
Bake, uncovered at 325° F for 1 hour or until apples are tender, basting occasionally with the juice.
In a large pan, saute the chopped apple in butter until apples are tender.
Add the mashed squash, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat, cover and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Stir in the salt, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and remaining 1 tbsp. of brown sugar.
Spoon mixture into the cored, baked apple centers, and sprinkle with the remaining nutmeg.
Bake in the oven at 325° F for 30 - 35 minutes longer or until heated through, basting occasionally.
Drizzle with pan juices just before serving.
ENJOY this baked apple treat!
Did You Know?
Apples don't just taste amazing, but they are nutritious too!
And they are low in calories! An average apple contains only about 80 calories.
Learn more about apple nutrition and health benefits:
GO to Apple Nutrition
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