This Little Piggy Went Sailing (Pork Sausage in an Acorn boat)

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“Flavorful. attractive dish that is not too hard on the pocket-book. Make it as hot or as mild as you like. You can make this in advance and bake longer in the final step”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb pork sausage link, removed from casings
  • 2 pumpkin, cut in half & seeded (Acorn Squash)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 (7 ounce) cansweet kernel corn
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 12 cup onion, chopped
  • 12 cup mushroom, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce (more or less it's up to you)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs or 1 cup white breadcrumb
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Place cleaned Acorn squash cut side down in a baking dish and add 1/2" water, cover with foil, bake in 375f oven until tender (apprx 45 min) or use your Micro wave for this step Remove from oven and pour out any remaining water.
  2. Turn cut side up (if necessary cut a thin slice off the bottom so they will sit firmly up right.) Meanwhile remove casings from sausages and pan fry, stir to remove any lumps (8 minutes), remove grease.
  3. Add onions, garlic and mushrooms, stir and cook 5 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add pepper, corn & Zucchini stir& cook 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle on the hotsauce, salt& pepper.
  6. Divide the filling between the 4 squash halves, Mound the filling in the center hollow.
  7. Mix melted butter with the bread crumbs.
  8. Top with 1/4 cup of cheese and the crumbs on last.
  9. Bake in350f oven until the crumbs are golden, the cheese is melted and they are heated through apprx 15-minutes.

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