Apple Sage Stuffed Butternut Squash



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6 servings

30 minutes

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1 hour 30 minutes

What you'll need

For the Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For the Apple Sage Stuffing:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage leaves, stems removed
  • 1 shallot , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 300 g cooked lentils
  • 370 g cooked rice
  • 1 firm, tart apple, cored and diced small
  • 40 g dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 40 g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped, optional



For the Butternut Squash:
  • Preheat the oven to 190°c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Carefully cut the butternut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits.
  • Brush inside the squash all over with the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the baking tray. Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your squash, until fork tender.
For the Apple Sage Stuffing:
  • In a large pan, heat the oil over medium-high. Once it's hot, add a few sage leaves at a time. Fry them for a few seconds per side, allowing the oil to drip off as you lift them from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel. The sage leaves should lose their softness and crisp almost immediately upon cooling. If they don't, fry them a bit longer. Fry the rest of the sage in batches. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the fried sage leaves (minced) for the stuffing. The rest can be used as garnish.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Fry the shallot in the sage-infused olive oil until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, fry for 30 seconds, then add the remaining ingredients (except the apple cider vinegar) including the reserved minced fried sage. Cook until the apples are slightly softened but not mushy, about 6-10 minutes, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Taste, then season and add more minced fried sage, if desired.
  • Divide the stuffing between the two squash halves. Garnish with remaining sage leaves. Serve immediately.








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