So I have decided to give in and do this whole 12 Weeks of Winter Squash. Thing. Seeing as how there are fewer than 12 weeks left until Christmas, I really need to step up my game. Pop out recipes the way that Kate Gosselin pops out children.

Not that I have anything against Kate Gosselin. But eight children? Really? REALLY? How are they ever going to afford to send those kids to college? Or feed them once they become ravenous teenagers? Or be good parents at all in any way, shape, or form?

I won’t name any names, but someone should have been a bit more careful. If you know what I mean.
Sorry for the tangent.

In the days after I got home from the marathon, I kind of flailed around aimlessly in the kitchen. Screaming from the rooftops that I had no food and nothing to eat. That was a lie, obviously.

What I really meant was that nothing appealed to me. So I ate my favorite sandwich from the deli across the street (grilled salmon with spinach, tomatoes, and a yogurt-dill sauce on the best bread ever) for a few days. Until I realized that spending eight dollars on a sandwich was absolutely ridiculous. True, you get an infinite amount of free bread with it (they put these bowls out of focaccia and you can just take as much as you want!!) but I haven’t decided whether that is a positive or a negative. Since I end up eating about 20 pieces while I’m in there and then take a huge paper bag full home with me. And proceed to eat that as well.

Welcome to the wonderful world of carb addiction.

So I was sitting at my computer trying to think of what I could make that wouldn’t require me to either (a) go Le Gourmet or (b) go grocery shopping. When I spied one of the five thousand winter squash that are currently sitting on my window sill.

A quick inventory of my fridge and pantry followed by a quick visit to Recipezaar yielded this recipe for a winter squash stuffed with apples, raisins, and onions, which is then topped with a nice coating of cheddar cheese. Exactly my kind of comfort food.
Stuffed Kabocha with Raisins, Apples, and Cheddar
Serves 2, adapted from Recipezaar

1 medium kabocha squash (or any winter squash really)
1 tbsp butter
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 onion, chopped
3/4 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepepr, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Spray with cooking spray and place face down on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.

3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the apple and onion with the butter for about 10 minutes or until the apple gets soft. In a large bowl, mix together the apple mix, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, cheese, salt and pepper.

4. When the squash is done, remove it from the oven and flip it over. Fill the halves with the apple mixture.

5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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40 Responses to 12 Weeks of Winter Squash – Stuffed Kabocha with Raisins, Apples, and Cheese

  1. ARLENE says:

    Never heard of this kind of squash, but if it’s anything like the winter squashes I DO know, I’m sure it’s delicious. If you don’t mind my asking, how did you take off the 50 lbs? I have another 22 to lose–WW lifetime member not at goal–and have probably tried every other program known to man.

  2. Muneeba says:

    Yes, I need to jump on the squash bandwagon too! Have only made squash soup so far this season, but this stuffed squash recipe sounds even better. Btw, I really can’t believe the media is giving these Gosselins so much airtime .. America, can we move on already??

  3. Pam says:

    Now that looks like a stuffed squash recipe that I want to try!

  4. Mari says:

    That looks amazing!

    HA and I loved your Kate Gosselin Rant lol

  5. I adore kabocha, and this is a great version of it with apples and cinnamon, perfect for the season!

  6. Denise says:

    This is great. I love squash. I cant wait to see all the yummy things you can do with them 🙂

  7. My wife will be thrilled with this recipe!

  8. SE(Denufood) says:

    this looks amazing..heres a quick recipe if you want to try…add mustard seeds in oil and as they splutter..add the cubed squash(cover removed)..add salt, turmeric, red chilli(if req), 2 spoons of brown sugar..and cook…..

  9. Elra says:

    This is so embarrashing to admit that I never tred Kabocha before, it seem pretty delicious.

  10. Bob says:

    Mmmm, free foccacia. There is nothing wrong with that! The squash looks fantastic, love the apples and cheddar in there.

  11. Megan says:

    Um, I don’t know, all that bread sounds like a good thing.

    But spending $8 a pop on a sandwich is not.I’m sending you a panini grill for Christmas.

  12. Popped in from Natasha’s to say hi! This looks great!

  13. Shannon says:

    haha, 12 weeks of squash–i like it 🙂 this looks amazing as well!

  14. Toni says:

    Kate Gosselin popping out children – loved it!!!

    And I’ve been stuffing squash these days, too. Who wouldn’t love dinner in a bowl where you get to eat the bowl?

    Just discovered your blog through Natashya’s Living in The Kitchen With Puppies. Love to discover new blogs that make me laugh!

  15. Debinhawaii says:

    I am a Kabocha fan–love it roasted especially and this looks really yummy. Love your 12-weeks of squash idea–very fun! 😉

  16. Nat says:

    This looks lovely Joanne. I love baked squash…its the nicest way to serve it for sure… Thanks for this GREAT idea…

  17. Stuffed squash is one of my Fall favorites! Love this stuffing – kind of sweet and savory! Just delicious! I love focaccia – especially Panera’s! If they had it for free I’d be there every day!

  18. Karine says:

    I also love your Kate Gosselin story. That reminds me of something. After High School, I had to do a 2-year program at the Cegep before to go to University (that is by the law where I lived back then). At the Cegep, I had to take 3 philosophy courses. One of the phisolophy teacher I had had 14 kids at that time and he wanted us to have a lot of kids like him…….

    I ended up not having a good grade on my final because I said I wanted to travel instead of having a trillion kids…

  19. Sophia says:

    You stole this recipe from my dreams! Yes you did! OH EM GIII! Looks great, and I love all the textures and flavors in it! You genius! Stop looking into my dreams! >.< Who is Kate Gosselin? She is crazy. I won’t even be able to manage one kid.

  20. I love that it is stuffed with raisins and apples! Sounds perfectly autumnaly delicious!

  21. Sophie says:

    MMMMMMMMM,…despite the picture it does look an elegant & tasty dinner, …Joanne!

  22. This is just the kind of meal that I go for. Simple and super tasty!

  23. Donna-FFW says:

    This sounds wonderful.. cant wait to see all yuor other goodies.

    I withhold comments on the 8 children issue as I have 4 of my own..under 11 and 4 stepchildren..under 12, I often wonder about the college issue.. frightening.

  24. pinknest says:

    Wow, this is the perfect fall dish! The colors are perfect.

  25. tigerfish says:

    Oops, yet another name of squash I need to remember :O

  26. Barbara says:

    This is a new squash name for me. I’m sure going to look into it at the market- love squash of all kinds! And your stuffing sounds delicious.

  27. I’ve seen a few stuffed squash recipes lately, but this is the one I want to make. My husband and i would really enjoy this Joanne!

  28. Palidor says:

    That’s a really creative squash dish! I never would have thought about stuffing squash with raisins, apples, and cheese. It looks delicious!

  29. Amy says:

    Some of the best recipes that have come out of my kitchen are ones I made rescuing items from my frig or pantry. Way to be creative.

  30. girlichef says:

    Another one that I must try! I don’t think I would’ve even thought to use cheddar on it, but it’s making me salivate the more I think about it! MUCH better than a daily $8 sammie! (although the sammie sounds pretty awesome, lol…and I’m a sucker for bread)

  31. Oh yummy! I have my first kabocha recipe to post up next week!

  32. I have such a fondness for focaccia bread!

    This looks terrific. It’s dinner and dessert all wrapped up in one yummy little package!

  33. Raisins, apples, and cheese sound so good inside the kabocha, yum!

  34. Jen says:

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  35. Jen says:

    I will be honest, I would not usually even think something called, Stuffed Kabocha with Raisins, Apples, and Cheese,would be tasty, lol. but you made me a believer cuz that looks good!

  36. Jennie says:

    Yummy Yum Yum!! This sounds like heaven for me!

  37. Kerstin says:

    Bring on the squash recipes! You stuffed kabocha looks so tasty!

  38. This sounds really delicious! I almost always have to have meat for my carnivorous husband and boys, but I lean way more towards vegetarian myself. Yummy!!

  39. Katy ~ says:

    Good gosh this sounds great! I can see this being served at my house! Love all the combinatin of flavors!!

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