It’s back to school time. For many, that means the days are longer, busier, and there’s less time to prepare a proper dinner. But that also means fall is right around the corner and soon squash, pumpkin, and apples will make a comeback.
Stuffed acorn squash is a great weekday go-to because it’s quick and easy. While smoked trout may seem unusual to pair with squash, its smokiness balances the natural sweetness of both the squash and the apples. By buying pre-smoked trout, it cuts the cooking time in half.
- 4 acorn squash
- Kosher salt
- 8 oz smoked trout (shredded)
- 1 green apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
- 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1.5 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp Dijion mustard
- 2 Tbsp chopped dill
- 1 Tbsp capers (chopped)
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Prepare the acorn squash by cutting off the rough ends, slicing them in half lengthwise, scooping out the seeds, and cutting a thin slice off the bottom to create a base for the squash to stand on. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously on the insides. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until soft and slightly golden.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the trout, apple, scallions, olive oil, cider vinegar, and a small sprinkle of salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard, dill, capers, and a dash of salt and pepper.
4. When the acorn squash is ready, evenly distribute trout mixture in the hollowed out squash. Place back in the oven for 8 to 10 more minutes. Plate the squash and drizzle yogurt sauce over the top.
Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “next-generation southern” – fun and fundamentally southern with a modern twist using fine, fresh, and unexpected ingredients. She is a regular contributor on Local Memphis Live, her recipes have been featured on The Today Show, and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at http://www.andreascooktales.com.