Stuffed Butternut Squash with Balsamic Reduction

I recently came across a stuffed butternut squash recipe that I tried out for dinner.  The end result was a beautiful and satisfying dish! I made some minor modifications to it:

  • I used turkey bacon, instead of regular bacon
  • I ditched the celery and added baby bell peppers, instead
  • I used the balsamic vinegar to make a balsamic reduction

Here’s my version of the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, halved
  • 1 pound organic, grass fed lean ground beef
  • 6 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 baby bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • A few dashes of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

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Preparation:

Cut your butternut squash in half and scrape the seeds out.

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Place your squash face down in a Pyrex that’s filled with 1/2 inch of hot water.

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Put in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick pan, cook your ground beef until browned. Add the olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent, then, add the bell peppers and continue cooking. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon, and stir.

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Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.

Cook the turkey bacon until crispy, remove from heat, and once cooled, crumble and add it to the bowl.

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Remove your squash from the oven and wait for it to cool. Then, scrap out the insides, leaving 1/4 inch of squash, and add the scooped out squash to the bowl, mixing all the ingredients. Stuff your squash with the beef mixture and place back in a 350 degree heated oven (without the water) for 20 minutes.

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In a small pot, add the balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and then, reduce to low heat. Keep stirring, for about 15-20 minutes, until the liquid reduces and thickens.

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Remove from heat.

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Take the squash out from the oven and drizzle the balsamic reduction on top.

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