You can’t beat the flavor of seasonal fall produce. Delicious Sweet Dumpling Squash baked and stuffed with a sausage and bread stuffing filled with cream and apple cider.
Two Sweet Dumpling squash
1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, plus more for drizzle
¼ pound bulk sweet or spicy Italian pork or chicken sausage
2 cups cubed bread
½ medium onion, finely chopped
½ celery stalk, chopped
1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped sage
Freshly ground pepper
1 large egg
¼ cup boiled cider
½ cup cream
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the squash in half, clean out the seeds and strings and lightly salt the inside. Add a ¼ inch of water to a roasting pan and place the squash cut side down. Bake for 30 minutes.
While the squash cooks, heat 1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 7–10 minutes. Add the bread cubes to a large bowl. Scrape the sausage into the bowl with the bread and toss.
Add the onions, celery, sage, and remaining olive oil in same sauté pan; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown and soft, 10–12 minutes. Scrape into bowl with bread and sausage.
In a bowl, whisk the egg, boiled cider, and cream until smooth and well combined, then pour over bread mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
After 30 minutes, remove the squash from the oven, turn over, cut side up. Drain out any excess water from the roasting pan. Fill the squash shells with the stuffing. Cover with nonstick foil, nonstick side down. Bake until a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.