Michael Symon is my favourite Iron Chef. It’s not that I think his food is any better than the others, I supposed I’d have to taste them all to make that call, I just like his personality the best. I think it might be the giggle.
When I saw this recipe in Food and Wine in March I immediately added it to make “to make” list, not only did it sound delicious, it was also a Michael Symon recipe. It sat on the to make list for a while, but I finally got around to making it this week. I replaced the vinaigrette with some lemon juice and olive oil to make it sugar-free challenge friendly, and I was missing a couple of ingredients so I just used the ones I had on hand for the stuffing. Oh, and I used acorn squash instead of delicata. Okay, maybe that’s a lot of changes but I think it’s still true to the spirit of the original recipe.
This is my Magazine Monday post from this week. Ivonne at Cream Puffs in Venice has been a little swamped lately (she was working on Sunday!) so I’m hosting this week. Here is what the other Magazine Monday-ers were up to:
- Janie at Panini Girl made a Rustic French Meatloaf from the April 2009 issue of Gourmet. I can just imagine having the leftovers in a nice sandwich for lunch.
- Kelly at It’s A Food Life made Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Puree from the October/November issue of Fine Cooking. It sounds like an amazing Thanksgiving side.
- Melissa at It’s The Way She.. made Beef Shitake and Snow Pea Stir-Fry from the October 2010 issue of Bon Appetit. A thirty minute meal, great for a week-night dinner. She also made a Rustic Spinach and Cormeal Soup from the November 2010 Bon Appetit
- Janice at Kitchen Heals Soul made Duck Bacon Mac and Cheese from the October 2010 issue of Everyday Food. Duck bacon, nuff said.
- Sue of Couscous And Consciousness made Chargrilled Lemon and Herb Squid Salad from the October 2007 issue of ABC Delicious. Sounds like a lovely spring salad, I wish it was spring here!
- Wandering Coyote of ReTorte made not one but two kinds of Lemon Loaves from Canadian Living. Citrus-ey goodness!
- Melissa of Baking Makes Things Better made Marshmallow Brownie Cupcakes from the October/November issue of Donna Hay Magazine. Intensely chocolatey brownie base? Yes please!
- Stacey of View From My Window made Spiced Lemon Cake and Peanut Caramel and Chocolate Tart from the October 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Both sound awesome.
- New: Mary from Bonbons et Chocolats made Boston Cream Cupcakes from the Feb 2009 issue of Martha Stewart.
Roasted Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 2 acorn squash, halved with the seeds scooped out
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 large Cortland Apple, cored and diced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- crumbled feta to taste
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season the insides of the squash with salt and pepper, and brush with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet skin side down and roast for 45 minutes.
- While the squash is roasting, cook the quinoa. In a medium pot, boil 2 cups salted water. Add quinoa and cook for 10 minutes. Add raisins and cook until all the water has been absorbed.
- Mix cooked quinoa with the diced apple and pistachio. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice.
- Scoop the quinoa mixture into the center of the cooked squash.
- Top with crumbled feta.