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Acorn Beef Squash Bake

Makes 4 ServingsCasserole & Bake Recipes

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Baking Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

  •    1  stalk celery, chopped
  • 3-4  green onions, chopped
  •    1  small green apple, diced
  • 1/2  cup chopped pecans
  •    3  Tablespoon brown sugar
  •    2  Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon pepper
  •    1  lb. beef top sirloin steak, cut 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick
  •    2  medium acorn squash
  •    1  cup single strength beef broth
  •    1  cup quick cooking rice
  •    1  Tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

Directions:

  1. Chop celery, green onions, apple and pecans. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper for spice mix.
  3. Press 1-1/2 Tablespoon of spice mix into each side of steak.
  4. Cook steak over medium heat in a skillet coated with non-stick spray for 3-5 minutes per side.
  5. While steaks cook, trim stems and bottom of squash. Cut in half crosswise and remove seeds.
  6. Microwave, cut side down, in a baking dish with 1/2 inch water for 12-15 minutes, or until fork tender.
  7. Bring beef broth to a boil and add rice, celery, onion, pecans and apple. Remove from heat, cover and let steam for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove steak from skillet, cool slightly and dice into 1/2 inch cubes. Add beef to rice mixture.
  9. Place squash halves in a baking dish. Brush insides with melted butter.
  10. Sprinkle 1-1/2 teaspoon of remaining spice mix over each half. Fill squash with beef and rice mixture.
  11. Drizzle with any remaining butter and bake in preheated 350-degrees F oven for 8-10 minutes.

Alan's Kitchen Suggestions

  • Serve with tossed salad and corn bread.

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