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Acorn Squash with Cranberry Stuffing

If you have squash or cranberry lovers at the table, here’s your new go-to recipe. It’s colorful, the blend of flavors is delicious and it’s a fitting addition to a Thanksgiving menu. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Cut squash in half; discard seeds. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of squash halves so they sit flat. Place squash hollow side down in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Add 1/2 in. water. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Add the apple, salt, lemon juice and pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat until apple is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cranberries, sugar and water. Cook and stir until berries pop and liquid is syrupy.
  • Turn squash halves over; fill with cranberry mixture. Cover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until squash is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 270 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 5g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • vsa
    Jan 12, 2021


  • JMartinelli13
    Nov 10, 2018

    Made exactly as written. So good! Froze and reheated well too.

  • ms11145
    Nov 3, 2017

    I used my IP and steamed the acorn squash for 4 minutes. Perfect. Then I forked the squash halves and added just a touch of butter. I had frozen cranberry sauce leftover from last Christmas that I thawed out. I mixed the sauce with the forked squash just to blend it better. Loved it and so pretty.

  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    This was THE big hit at our Christmas dinner! Everyone loved them!

  • grumblekitty
    Dec 25, 2012

    I don't like whole cranberries, so I bought some store-bought jellied cranberry sauce and subbed it in for the sugar and whole cranberries. It worked brilliantly, and those of us at the table who like cranberry and squash (lol--some refused even to try it! they missed out...) LOVED it. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you!

  • kbabe819
    Dec 20, 2012

    Yum! I cut the sugar in half and used green onions because that's what was on hand. I just scooped out the flesh and then spread the cran-apple mix on top.

  • jacquie54
    Dec 28, 2011

    Found this recipe in 2009 Taste of Home Holiday Book. Husband wanted some acorn squash with our Christmas Ham. This was just plain perfect! Everyone raved how delicious and colorful this dish was and how it must become the new traditional Christmas side dish. Excellent!!

  • callijo
    Oct 15, 2011

    awesome!!! and something different

  • aries25
    Jan 16, 2011

    No comment left

  • LimaBean420
    Nov 25, 2010

    Made this for Thanksgiving. Looks Beautiful, everyone was impressed.