“This isn’t happening to you for a reason. Well, one reason: I enjoy it!”Ramsay Snow
If Ramsay Snow had just tried this stuffed squash, Theon Greyjoy might still have his… sausage. Alas, there is no sausage in this recipe, but fear not, for we have some delightful pine nuts that add a crunch fit for any Ironborn.
Let’s continue on, for Reek’s sake.
Here’s What You Need:
Now, imagine yourself in the heart of King’s Landing, surrounded by the aromatic scents of the Red Keep’s kitchen.
- Acorn squash: The main ingredient of the dish, providing a hearty and flavorful base for the stuffed squash recipe.
- Red onion: Adds a sweet and slightly pungent flavor to the filling, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
- Carrot: Provides a subtle sweetness and adds texture to the filling, contributing to the overall balance of flavors.
- Mushrooms: Adds an earthy and savory element to the filling, creating depth and richness in taste.
- Pine nuts (toasted): Offers a delightful crunch and a nutty flavor, providing a contrast of textures and enhancing the overall taste profile.
- Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic and savory notes, elevating the flavors of the filling.
- Butter: Adds richness and a velvety texture to the filling, enhancing its overall indulgence.
- Garlic powder: Enhances the garlic flavor in the dish, ensuring a robust and well-rounded taste.
- Onion powder: Amplifies the onion flavor, contributing to the overall savory profile of the dish.
- Parsley: Provides a fresh and herbaceous element to the filling, adding brightness to the overall flavor composition.
- Sage: Adds a warm and earthy flavor to the filling, complementing the other ingredients and contributing to the dish’s character.
- Thyme: Introduces an aromatic and slightly floral note to the filling, enhancing its overall complexity.
- Soy sauce: Brings a savory umami flavor to the filling, adding depth and complexity to the dish.
- Cheese (to grate over the top): Provides a rich and creamy element to the stuffed squash, creating a cheesy and indulgent topping that melts to perfection during baking.
To begin, we’ll need to hollow out the squash, removing all those pesky stringy bits and creating a cozy cavity for our flavorful filling.
prinkle a generous amount of onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper onto a sheet of parchment paper.
Place the squash cut side down on the seasoning blend, allowing the flavors to seep into the flesh. Into the oven it goes, set to a temperature of 350°F (175°C), for approximately 30 minutes.
While the squash works its magic in the oven, let’s turn our attention to the filling fit for a feast worthy of House Stark.
In a pan set over medium-high heat, sauté the onions, carrots, pine nuts, and a medley of herbs. As the tantalizing aroma fills your kitchen, you may find yourself daydreaming of Winterfell and its bountiful harvest.
After the squash has roasted for around 30 minutes, carefully remove it from the oven and unveil the hidden treasure within—the cavity. Now comes the fun part: filling those glorious squashes with our flavorful mixture.
Spoon as much of the sautéed goodness as you can into the empty squash vessels, ensuring every nook and cranny is brimming with deliciousness.
But wait, there’s more! We’re not done yet. Grab your preferred cheese—whether it be sharp cheddar fit for a Lannister or a creamy brie reminiscent of Highgarden—and grate it generously over the top of the stuffed squash. Don’t forget to strategically place larger, crumbly bits of cheese on the surface for an irresistible, golden crust. Back into the oven our filled squash goes, for another 10-20 minutes, or until the flesh is tender and the cheese has melted into a gooey perfection.
- If you want to enhance the flavors even more, consider adding some cooked ground meat like sausage or ground beef to the filling. It will provide a hearty and protein-packed element to the dish.
- Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste. You can try adding some dried thyme, rosemary, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick.
- If you’re looking to make this recipe vegan-friendly, skip the cheese or use a vegan alternative. You can also substitute the pine nuts with toasted almonds or sunflower seeds for a delightful crunch.
- Serve these stuffed squashes as a main course alongside a fresh green salad or as a side dish to complement a roast or grilled meat. They’re versatile and will impress your guests at any feast.
- Don’t forget to save the leftover roasted squash seeds! Toss them with some olive oil, salt,
“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
Now, don’t worry. Unlike Game of Thrones, this recipe actually has an ending, and it’s DELICIOUS. No need to fear the wrath of the Red Wedding or the White Walkers—just enjoy this comforting meal fit for a king.
So gather around your table, raise a glass, and savor the triumph of a dish well-cooked. And remember, in this tale, no one died. The end.
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House Bolton Stuffed Squash | Game of Thrones Recipes
- 2 acorn squash halved & seeds removed
- ⅓ cup red onion chopped
- ⅓ cup carrot chopped
- ⅓ cup mushrooms chopped
- ⅓ cup pine nuts toasted
- 3 tablespoons garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ¼ teaspoon sage
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ¼ cup cheese for topping, optional
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Clean your squash, cut it in half, and remove all the seeds and stringy bits.
- Dust a piece of parchment paper with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Place the squash cut side down onto the seasoned parchment paper and place it in the oven for about 30 minutes.
- While the squash cooks, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Saute the mushrooms, onions, garlic, and carrots until the onions begin to brown. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
- Add the toasted pine nuts, parsley, sage, thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Saute for another 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat until the squash is ready to come out of the oven.
- After 30 minutes, remove the squash from the oven and carefully flip them to reveal the empty side.
- Fill the cavities of the squash generously with the pine nut mixture. Grate the Whiskey cheddar cheese over the tops, poking in any crumbly bits.
- Place the squash back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until the squash is soft and the cheese has melted into a gooey perfection.
- Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve as a delightful main course or side dish. Enjoy!