Butternut Squash with Stuffing
Even those of us who have given up turkey welcome a Thanksgiving dish that has been "stuffed." This satisfying dish makes a handsome centerpiece for this meal.
4 medium-small butternut squashes (about 1 pound each)
2 cups water
3/4 cup raw wild rice, rinsed
3 tablespoons margarine, divided
1 cup chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups firmly packed torn whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
, or to taste
1 cup fresh orange juice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Halve the squashes and scoop out seeds and fibers. Place them cut side up in shallow baking dishes and cover tightly with covers or more foil. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm.
In the meantime, bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the wild rice, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the margarine in a skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is limp and golden.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the sautéed onion and the remaining ingredients. When the squashes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, leaving firm shells about 1/2 inch thick. Chop the pulp and stir it into the rice mixture. Stuff the squashes, place in foil-lined baking dishes and cover.
Before serving, place the squashes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until well heated through.