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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef

Yields1 ServingCook Time40 minsTotal Time40 mins

 2 medium acorn squash
 4 slices bacon, diced
 2 medium onion, trimmed and diced
 1 tart apple, peeled cored and diced
 1 lb ground beef
 ¼ cup dark brown sugar
 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
 ½ tsp dried sage (optional)
 ¼ tsp salt
 ¼ tsp pepper
 2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
1

Heat oven to 350.

2

Place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed dish.

3

Add 2 cups water to the dish and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

4

Meanwhile cook bacon in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 4 minutes.

5

Add onion and apple to the skillet. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6

Stir in ground beef to the skillet. Cook breaking apart with a wooden spoon, 5 minutes.

7

Add brown sugar, spices, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute.

8

Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs.

9

Drain water from baking dish and flip over squash.

10

Spoon meat mixture into squash halves.

11

Return to oven and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve warm.