as you’ve probably figured out by now, if you’ve been around here for a hot minute, i’m not that into dinners with 3 separate sections on the plate, where the meat, the potatoes, and the (stereotypically boiled or steamed) veggie aren’t allowed to touch each other. i was never the kid who would freak out if the broccoli touched the steak (indeed, i was the kid who said, “i don’t care who’s touching what, i don’t like steak or broccoli; can i please have a bowl of pasta instead? no, not that tomato sauce, the other one, please.”).
so naturally, the dinners that i like best now are the ones where everything is all jumbled up in one bowl. and if that bowl is edible too, so much the better! heeeellllllooooo squash season!
we kicked off squash season this year with spaghetti squash bowls with sausage and spinach and now we’re back at it, cramming our whole dinner into a squash half. given that we’re not even halfway into october and squash season is about 14 months long, i think we can expect to see another squash recipe or two before asparagus season returns…
but for now, let’s focus on hoisin chicken stuffed acorn squash. we start with the acorn squash and coax him into cooking in less than an hour by cooking him cut side down for the first 30 minutes so that he steams himself almost all the way done. then we flip him over and slather him in a hoisin sauce mixture and finish baking him, letting the sauce get all nice and caramelized.
while all of that is going on, we sauté some chicken and then some spinach. once everything is cooked, all we have to do is combine it together and stuff it into the squash halves. hooray dinner in an edible bowl!
(tell me, do you eat the acorn squash skin? i’m curious. i do. i was going to add a poll question asking this, until i remembered that 10 pm is not the time to try to add new bits of technology to my website. so, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about eating squash skin. i’ll see if i can get this poll thing to work for next time i have a pressing question like this…)
oh, and speaking of polls (which we were just doing parenthetically), i’m going to dive into the responses to my reader survey this weekend and i’d love to hear from you! if you have a moment today or tomorrow, pretty please take the survey! it’s been really fun (and illuminating!) to peak at the responses so far and i’ve already started working on implementing some things based on your answers. i’ll share more about the results next week! and, of course, thank you to those who made time to share their thoughts with me. i appreciate it!
ps – if you’re looking for more acorn-squash-stuffed-with-yums, may i suggest acorn squash burrito bowls?