Crunchy Acorn Squash Stuffing With Za'atar

Crunchy acorn squash stuffing with zatar

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
430 Calories
37g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 430
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 392mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 10g
Calcium 120mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Every year, at Thanksgiving, we make a big bowl of creamy mashed potatoes and, every year, they remain mostly untouched. Because...stuffing! Oh, the potatoes get eaten up as part of the long weekend leftovers but the stuffing never survives past the first dinner.

And nobody in our house wants just a little bit of it that comes out of the bird. Oh, no, stuffing around here needs to be made in mass quantities as a separate side dish. So, to keep the peace and avoid people being stabbed with forks while diving for additional stuffing, we usually make it in individual portions. You don't have to serve it in cute little hollowed out squash bowls, but we decided to be a little fancy.


  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 2 cups bread cubes
  • 1 onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (you may used vegetable stock if you prefer to keep this vegetarian)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon za'atar seasoning
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for acorn squash stuffing
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. Slice each acorn squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. You should have four boat-shaped pieces. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Set aside.

    Acorn squash
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  4. Spread the bread cubes out on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cubes are a lightly toasted.

    Spread bread cubes
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  5. Add two tablespoons of the butter to a large skillet or cast iron pan. Add the diced onion and, on medium heat, saute for about 10 minutes until translucent.

    Add onion
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  6. While the onion is sauteing, add the chicken stock and the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter to a pot and heat, allowing the butter to melt.

    Add chicken stock
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  7. Scoop the cooked flesh out of the acorn squash, but leave enough in the skin to use as a bowl.

    Scoop flesh out of acorn squash
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  8. Add the squash and toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

    Add squash
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  9. Stir in the cooked onion and ladle in the warm chicken and butter stock. Fluff with a fork to combine and make sure the bread absorbs the liquid.

    Stir in onion
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  10. Stir in the rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley and slivered almonds. Season with the za'atar, salt, and pepper.

    Stir in rosemary, thyme, sage
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  11. Scoop the stuffing into each of the hollowed out acorn squash shells and either refrigerate until ready to use or return to the oven for about 15 minutes for the flavors to meld together and the stuffing to heat through.

    Scoop stuffing into squash
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  12. You can also forgo the squash bowls and just scoop into a large casserole dish or individual ramekins.

    Serve squash
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