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Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Pilaf and Polska Kielbasa

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This is a wonderful blend of savory rice and kielbasa with a hint of sweetness from acorn squash.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SQUASH:
  • 2 whole Large Acorn Squash
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • Salt To Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • FOR THE PILAF:
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • ½ pounds Polska Kielbasa Or Similar Sausage
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 cup Wild Rice With Other Rice/grains Blend
  • 2-½ cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ teaspoons Poultry Seasoning OR 1 Teaspoon Minced Fresh Rosemary
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Preparation

For the squash:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Spread the cut surface and the seed cavity of each prepared squash half with a tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place squash, cut side up, in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Pour water into the dish to about 1/4″-1/2″ deep.

Bake in the oven until tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour.

For the pilaf:

While squash is baking, prepare pilaf. Heat a 3-quart sauce pot over medium heat; add olive oil and butter. Add the kielbasa and saute for about 5 minutes.

Add the diced onion to the kielbasa and cook until onions are translucent. Stir as needed to keep onions from burning.

Add the rice to the kielbasa and onions, stir to mix well.

Pour the chicken broth over the rice mixture and stir in the poultry seasoning or rosemary and a light sprinkle of black pepper. Bring to a boil, turn heat to medium low and cover pot. Simmer rice until broth is absorbed and rice is tender, about 45 minutes.

Spoon rice mixture into cavity of baked acorn squash. Serve. Note: This dish is hearty enough to use as a main course. Serve with a side salad and rolls.

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Liz on 10.19.2011

absolutely incredible recipe! LOVE this! My husband wasn’t a big fan of the squash part… he thought it odd for there to be “sweetness” with the pilaf/kielbasa concoction. But overall… the pilaf was phenomenal… and I, personally, adored this entire dish! Thank you!

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Elisa on 10.17.2011

This was amazing!!

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arinolinger on 10.10.2011

This was pretty tasty!

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