Sunday, December 08, 2013


serves 2-4 as a side dish

1 (3-5 lb.) kabocha squash
olive oil
dried herbs of your choice (Italian herb blend or herbes de Provence)
salt & pepper to taste
3-5 slices bacon (based on size of squash)
1 onion (based on size of squash)
2-4 cloves garlic

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut out the stem of the squash as described above, reserving the "lid" and removing any seeds attached to it. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds from inside the squash (reserve for roasting if you wish). Use your fingers or a kitchen brush to lightly coat the interior of the squash and lid with olive oil. Sprinkle the inside of the squash with herbs, salt and pepper to taste, then replace the squash "lid." Lightly grease the bottom of a baking pan or casserole dish with olive oil (I used a square glass baking dish just large enough to hold the squash). Place the squash in the dish and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until the interior of the squash is fork-tender (the outside will yield slightly to pressure).

While the squash is roasting, fry the bacon in a skillet until done. While the bacon is cooking, peel and slice the onion. When the bacon is done, place the cooked bacon on a plate with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet, add onions and cook until soft and translucent. While the onions are cooking, mince the garlic cloves and add to the skillet. Continue cooking the onions and garlic, stirring regularly, until the onions are lightly golden. Coarsely chop or crumble the cooked bacon, then stir into the onions and garlic. If at this point the squash is not yet fully cooked, reduce heat for the skillet to keep warm.

Once the squash is done, remove from oven, lift off the "lid" and scrape off the cooked flesh from the "lid" into the skillet, stirring it into the onions, garlic and bacon. Spoon this filling into the squash and replace the "lid." Let the stuffed squash sit for a couple of minutes to allow the flavors of the filling to infuse the flesh of the squash.

When ready to serve, remove and discard the squash "lid" and carefully cut the squash into halves or quarters to serve (spoon any spilled filling over the served squash). 

bacon recipe courtesy of: Gloria, Carolina Sauce Company, January 7, 2012

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