Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash #SundaySupper

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Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash #SundaySupper

It’s hard to believe that I thought that I was not a huge squash lover.  Don’t get me wrong, when Alexandra is home, we love making Spaghetti Squash.  Often we add some lemon caper sauce to it or mix in lemon ricotta.  But honestly, squash has not been something that we cook very often.   That is one of the things that I love about our Sunday Supper Team, they inspire me to try things that I wouldn’t even think of cooking without their encouragement.

chorizo craisin stuffed squash #SundaySupper When Heather from girlichef  suggested hosting a Squashin’ Winter theme, I was a tad stumped as to what to make.  I rarely cook squash and as you know, I only feature recipes that my family will try.  So, I thought about some of the flavors that we love.  For some reason, the Squashin’ Winter theme made me think about Thanksgiving.  While mostly everyone serves mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, my first memories of Thanksgiving dinner was with rice.  You may ask, who has rice on Thanksgiving?  The Portuguese of course, we have rice with everything!

The other thing that the Portuguese always have is chorizo!  With wonderful memories of my heritage, I started experimenting in the kitchen and finally came up with Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash.  I originally thought this recipe would be perfect for the day after Thanksgiving but after tasting it, I actually think this will be a perfect side dish served on Thanksgiving Day.

While you may think that the combination of chorizo and craisins is an odd one, I encourage your to try it and let me know what you think.  I have a feeling you will be looking at a picture like this one.  We didn’t like the Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash at all!

Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash #SundaySupper

The best part is, there are so many wonderful Squash Recipes to try this week and I will tell you, our Sunday Supper contributors are very talented so — you may want to try one of these recipes first.

Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash #SundaySupper

Chorizo Craisin Stuffed Squash #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 2 small butternut squash (about 2 lbs each)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • fresh ground sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups cooked rice -- we love to use our Portuguese Rice Recipe
  • 2 links (3 oz each) chorizo sausage, casings removed and chopped fine
  • 2 green onions or shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup craisins

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut each squash lengthwise in half; remove seeds and fibers.
  3. Drizzle cut sides with 2 teaspoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar and crushed red pepper.
  4. On baking sheet, place squash, cut-sides up and bake 20 to 25 minutes until squash is tender at thickest portion when pierced with fork.
  5. In skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat
  6. Add chorizo and green onions and saute until browned
  7. Stir in cooked rice and craisins and cook about 5 minutes
  8. Divide chorizo-rice mixture between squash halves
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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes November 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

I wonder what doesn’t get better with some chorizo in it?! This is gorgeous Isabel!

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Renee November 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

I love the combo of chorizo and craisins. They balance each other and go so well with the acorn squash. Nice to see Sunday Supper has made you a fan of winter squash. I can’t wait to see which one you cook next.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 17, 2013 at 8:04 am

I love that you stuffed your squash with sausage. Seems like a natural combination, and the addition of craisins for just that little hint of sweet…brilliant!

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom November 17, 2013 at 8:30 am

I’ve been drooling over your pictures this week and waiting for the recipe. Finally…it looks divine!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal November 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

Mmm I love a stuffed acorn squash. The photo looks mouthwatering.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

Just beautiful! I love all of the flavors you used! I could just eat it all up!!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) November 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

Yum! I grew up eating tons of zucchini and summer squash from my grandparents’ garden…but not much of the Fall squashes. This is gorgeous! I think the flavors sound like a great combination and can’t wait to try this!!

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Susan 30A EATS November 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

Love any recipe that is stuffed and your acorn squash looks amazing! Glad to be back in Sunday Supper, and looking forward to making many of the delectable recipes!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom November 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

Isabel,
this stuffed squash is beautiful!!! love all of the flavors you have here. . so gorgeous and delicious!

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Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez November 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

The rice…the craisins…the chorizo…all stuffed beautifully inside a colorful squash – I KNOW I would adore this, Isabel. I’m so happy to push people out of their comfort zones in the kitchen from time to time ;).

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Tara November 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This is perfect!! I meal in an edible bowl, love it!!

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Shannon R November 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

It looks so beautiful and perfect for fall. Lots of great flavours going on in this dish!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious November 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

You are wily in the ways of chorizo!

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Liz November 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Oh, my! Your rice filling sounds incredible!!! What a fun way to serve squash…and certainly a yummy way :)

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Marie@citronlimette November 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

What a gorgeous dish and the pictures are beautiful.

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The Wimpy Vegetarian November 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

What a gorgeous dish – your photos are really beautiful Isabel! And craisins and chorizo sounds perfect to me – not crazy at all :-)

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Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) November 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I love chorizo! This is a perfect combination

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Martin D. Redmond November 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

First of all…love the video! Oh, and the recipe too;-) Thanks for sharing!

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kathia Rodriguez November 18, 2013 at 12:43 am

Isabel i love your video… and of course this recipe let me tell you it looks amazing, great pictures, easy and Chorizo is one of my favorites.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 18, 2013 at 6:18 am

I bet the spicy chorizo is perfect with the sweetness of the squash. And I can totally see the cranberries adding a nice tangy bite.

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Soni November 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

Ooh I’ve been drooling over the pic on FB!Your recipe with the chorizo and craisins sound absolutely fantastic and so so pretty for the holidays!I cannot wait to try and I’m in the same boat as you when it comes to Winter Squash!
BTW-Your speech at the AmFam is superb!Just saw it here :)

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Kim@Treats & Trinkets November 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

I’m such a sucker for chorizo. This is such a fun new Thanksgiving side dish!

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Sunithi November 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

love all the flavors going on in this baked squash Isabel! Crasins are a favorite in my home so I can imagine this recipe will be a big hit ! Great pics!!

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Jane's Adventures in Dinner November 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Perfect meal! I know-it’s a gorgeous sidedish but can you picture January and all of wanting to save a bit of money and drop a few pounds? The perfect dish solution.

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Shaina November 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Craisins seem to be a popular choice to pair with squash, must be the sweetness. And they give the dish a pretty color!

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Bea November 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I love how you put chorizo, rice, and craisins in the squash. It looks and sounds amazing.

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Katie November 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Oooh, the components of this one sound heavenly! I think the tart/sweet craisins with the spicy chorizo sound like a match made for each other.

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Laura Dembowski November 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

The sweet savory flavor combo of this squash sounds delicious!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings November 20, 2013 at 6:19 am

I don’t think that combination sounds odd, Isabel. Spicy and sweet go perfect together!

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Laura November 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

For some reason the craisin and chorizo combination doesn’t sound odd to me at all, maybe it is just because I am obsessed with anything with chorizo in it. :)

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Betsy @ Desserts Required November 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I am so glad that Heather thought of a squash theme…otherwise, I have a feeling you would not have discovered this delicious dish!

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Nicole November 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

My newest obsession lately has been squash everything, and I am so trying this. It looks fabulous and I love the craisin and chorizo combo!

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Sylvia December 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

Every night, my husband asks what are we going to make for dinner. I usually select the menu and he is superb at execution. But I need him on board for the menu item. He claimed he wasn’t a big fan of the fall squashes. When I mentioned the chorizo, it was enough to sway him to move forward with the recipe.

He LOVED it. Polished it off! I guess he now likes fall squashes. BTW, didn’t have craisins but substituted with dried cherries. Oh my! What a lovely fall meal. Thank you.

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FamilyFoodie December 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for sharing Sylvia… I love the idea of the dried cherries. Can’t wait to try it.

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Tara December 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Congrats on being in the top 9 of Foodbuzz!!

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