Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

by | Nov 1, 2018 | All, Side Dishes, Sponsored

Reinvent your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing with this Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe!

Top down shot of 3 Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate. It’s hard to say which meal is better – the big Thanksgiving day turkey dinner or feasting on the leftovers all weekend long.

Finding ways to reuse our turkey extras has never been an issue. This quick and easy BBQ Turkey Flatbread is one of our favorite ways to nosh turkey leftovers, but we’ve never done much with our leftover stuffing – until now.

These Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash are so flavorful, you’ll forget that you’re eating day-old stuffing. In fact, you might find yourself making more stuffing just to have it on hand to make these beauties.

Halves of Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash on a sheet pan next to a package of Kerrygold Savory Shredded Cheese.With only five main ingredients, these Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash come together really quickly. Squash is cooked, sausage is browned, apples are sautéed and combined with the leftover stuffing and Kerrygold® Shredded Savory Cheddar Cheese. A few more minutes in the oven to melt the cheese is all the effort this recipe needs.

Add a side salad to make a meal or find small squash and use this recipe as a hearty, seasonal side dish.

I don’t have any leftover stuffing. Can I still make this Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe?

Of course! Pick up a boxed stuffing mix from the grocery story and prepare according to package directions. Then proceed with the recipe as written.

2 halves of Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate with fork and knife. What type of sausage do I use for the stuffed acorn squash?

My local store carries seasoned fresh pork sausage in the meat department. It has sage and a few other spices mixed into the ground pork, which makes the perfect complement to most Thanksgiving Day stuffings. Try to avoid Italian flavored sausages as they don’t pair as well with the apples.

If you can’t find a sage-seasoned sausage, most bulk breakfast sausages sold in the refrigerated section often have a similar flavor profile that would work well in this Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash.

Can I use other types of squash in this recipe?

Try Delicata squash instead. It’s definitely one of my favorite squashes! The skin is so thin, they are a breeze to cut. (Check out our Rosemary Roasted Delicata Squash recipe for more details). I also think a small sweet pie pumpkin would work well here, too, though I haven’t actually tried that combo yet.

Halves of Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate with napkin and silverware. How do you cook acorn squash?

First you have to prepare it. I like to slice a small sliver off the tops and bottoms of the squash before halving them crosswise and removing the seeds. This gives you a perfectly sturdy half of a squash that won’t roll around on your plate when you’re trying to eat it.

Next I’m all about roasting at a high oven temperature. That’s usually about 400 degrees. Brush a little olive oil on the squash before baking so the cut edges don’t dry out. And feel free to season with salt and pepper like I did. It just adds another layer of flavor to the dish.

Add some new flavor to your Thanksgiving Day leftovers with these tasty, seasonal Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Want more inspiration for your turkey day extras? Check out these recipes for a variety of ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers:

Turkey Holiday Hash – Boulder Locavore 

Greek Turkey Pasta Salad Recipe – Garnish with Lemon®

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole – Mama Loves Food 

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Yield: 6 pieces

Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Top down shot of 3 Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate.

Reinvent your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing with this 5-ingredient Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 small acorn squash (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
  • 1/2 pound seasoned pork sausage (I used a sage-flavored breakfast sausage from my grocery store meat counter)
  • 3/4 cup diced apple
  • 3 cups prepared stuffing
  • 1 cup Kerrygold® Shredded Savory Cheddar Cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.  

2. Slice off a small sliver of the bottom and top of each squash and then cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and place squash halves on baking sheet (small slice side down). Lightly brush insides of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until tender.  

3. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a skillet until almost cooked through. Add diced apple and cook for 3-5 more minutes or until apple is slightly softened and sausage is cooked through.  

4. Place stuffing in a large bowl. Add sausage and apple mixture to bowl along with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Divide mixture among 6 squash halves and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese evenly over squash. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and stuffing is warmed through. Serve immediately.  

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 squash half

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 825mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 11gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

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    Wondering about the necessity of the stuffing. Don’t see it adding much, apart from carbs.

    Plan to just use sausage, cheese and apple, though might throw in some chopped celery.

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      Hi Carl, the stuffing isn’t mandatory, but I do suggest using a nicely seasoned sausage to ensure a robust flavor. Enjoy!


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