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Stuffed Acorn Squash
Ingredients for Red Pepper Aioli
  • 2 red bell peppers, fire roasted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3/4 ounce Pecorino Romano, grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Ingredients for Stuffed Squash
  • 4 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cooked farro or Toasted Farro and Fennel Salad
  • 2 cups diced reserved Bacon- Roasted Turkey
  • 1 cup reserved Caramelized Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, julienned
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 3/4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat- leaf parsley, for garnish

Directions

1) To prepare the aioli, place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until needed.

2) Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3) Cut off and discard the top third of each squash. Cut a thin slice from the bottom, pointed end to create a flat surface. Scoop out and discard the seeds and pulp. Stand the squash cavity side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with 1 tablespoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Bake until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside on the baking sheet.

4) Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium- high heat, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, remaining 1 tablespoon salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and sauté until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl and add the farro, turkey, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, chili flakes, and Parmesan. Mix well to combine.

5) Using a large spoon, divide the stuffing evenly among the squash. Loosely tent the entire baking sheet with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until the top of the stuffing is golden brown, about 10 minutes.

6) Garnish with the parsley and serve with the red pepper aioli.

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