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Friday, October 5, 2012

Sausage & Farro Stuffed Squash: Foodie Friday

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Farro Stuffed Squash
Farro Stuffed Squash

I promised you new and exciting grains and I am delivering: Farro. This Northern Italian peasant grain is nutty and toothy a great alternative to rice. It is low in gluten and has twice the fiber and protein as regular wheat. Combine with my grandmother's spicy Italian Sausage (yes, my family was once in the sausage business) and stuffed in the vegetable of the season, squash... you have a meal that is both tasty and nutritious. Mangia!!!

Sausage & Farro Stuffed Squash
by Diane Balch

Prep time: 30 minutes                  Serves: 6

Ingredients: 

3 medium acorn squash halved with seeds removed
1 cup of cooked Farro or (rice gluten free version)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion minced
1 red pepper minced
1 pound of spicy Italian sausage casing off and chopped small.
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Cook Farro as directed. (I make it in a rice cooker. You may want to add 1/2 cup or 1 cup more water than the directions call for to make the Farro softer.)

3) While the Farro is cooking cut and de-seed the squash. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle salt on the inside of the squash halves. Bake for 20 minutes or until the flesh is soft and golden brown. 

4) In a large skillet on medium-high heat sauté the onion and red pepper in olive oil. Remove them from the pan and sauté the sausage. When the sausage is browned return the onions and peppers to the pan along with the cooked Farro. Mix well.

5) When squash is cooked stuff each one with Farro mixture and serve. 


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Perri Sausage this is my grandma's recipe.


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Farro




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44 comments:

  1. Hi
    I shared my recipe for Bacon and Leek Egg Bake.

    Check out my new online cooking class: go grain-free
    http://realfoodforager.com/new-online-cooking-class-go-grain-free/


    Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Thanks for hosting this link party. I’ve just submitted my post about Hot Spicy Shrimp Skewers at: http://yourcampingexpert.com/five-easy-camping-recipes-everyone-will-love-simply-love-them/.

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  3. I'm going to try your squash recipe with Farro, I have an abundance of squash and this looks delicious! Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Thank you for hosting, Diane! Have a great weekend :)

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  5. Sounds like another great dish. Just tried your meatball recipe recently and it was fantastic.

    Thanks,
    Dan Garner
    http://ZenPresence.com

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    1. So glad you liked the meatballs. This dish is really a little different but not strange... if you know what I mean.
      By the way, thank you for your daily inspirations I really enjoy your blog.

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  6. Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend!

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  7. Wonderful looking dish, although it's not for me (as I'm a vegetarian)
    I think my other half would love it :)

    Thank you for another party and have a great weekend!

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    1. Put some veggie sausage in it. The farro is really good.

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    2. That's a great idea! I actually have veggie sausage in the fridge :)
      Thanks!

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  8. I don't think I've ever eaten farro. Love that you've used it with the squash. Perfect for our fall weather.

    Thanks for hosting Foodie Friday. I've linked Grilled Citrus Chicken Breasts. Have a great weekend.
    Sam

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    1. If you like the taste of brown rice you'll like farro. I hope you give it a try... your adventurous.

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  9. Thank you for featuring my cheese souffle!
    I have never eaten farro, although my mother talks about cooking with it. I should make a point of finding it, as your recipe looks yummy.

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  10. Oh yum! The stuffed squash sounds great!
    Thank you for the party :)

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  11. What a delicious fall dish! I've heard of farro but have never tried it before...I will keep my eyes open for it next time I go shopping. This week I've shared a Cran-Orange Coconut Cake. Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe, and for hosting.

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    1. Everyone has heard of it... I don't think it is very available. Italian shops and healthfood stores are the best place to look. thanks for coming by.

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  12. I am loving all of these wonderful recipes! Thank you for hosting.

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  13. Good morning Diane. I shared #44, Apple Spice Sausage Patties. Since you family was in the sausage business I'd love to know what you think of this recipe. I hope you have a chance to try it. It's a family favorite around here.

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    1. Sounds right up my alley. When I was kid at picnics we never had hamburgers we always cooked sausage patties on the grill.

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  14. Hi, Diane! I'm "going to town" this weekend--which means access to ingredients like farro. I'm going to pick some up and make this! Thank you for hosting and for sharing your recipe.

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  15. Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing a recipe for Minty Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Freckles. It's some of the best ice cream I've ever had, and it's healthy, too!

    http://plusothergoodstuff.blogspot.com/2012/10/minty-ice-cream-with-dark-chocolate.html

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  16. Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend!
    Linda

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  17. So many wonderful looking recipes! Thanks for hosting!

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  18. When I saw your recipe, I realized I could use the same idea for the green peppers I have in my garden. It looks yummy! I've never heard of Farro.

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    1. Peppers would be terrific and you can definitely use rice, Farro is not that common. I happen to live in area with a lot of Italians.

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  19. I have never heard of Farro, but it sounds wonderfully healthy. I am just loving all the stuffed squash recipes.

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    1. You can use rice if they don't sell farro around were you live. Brown rice really works well.

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  20. Thank you for hosting! Have a great weekend!

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  21. Thank you so much for choosing my pumpkin souffle to be featured!!

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  22. That stuffed squash looks awesome! Thanks for hosting another great party dear.

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  23. Diane! squash makes my little heart (and mouth) happy. i've always wanted to try making farro but haven't gotten to it. i dig this :)

    this week i shared a story of "punkin" doughnuts. yes. more pumpkin. but these little bad boys were by FAR one of the best things i've ever made. and besides, everyone loves a bad boy. or girl. or transgendered person. ;)

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    1. You will definitely like farro and I can never get enough bad boy pumpkin.

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  24. What a wonderful and fun link up! I am so happy to have found about it. Everything looks delicious. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  25. Oh, Diane, one of the problems of leaving the food blogging world for three weeks is catching up. A nice problem, but, just your Blog alone is making me a nervous wreck. Besides your food blogs, I like to read your commentary Posts and often forward them to my daughter or various friends who might be interested. So, I've come back and have some serious work to do ....... just pinned two of your recipes, need to send the apple Post and apps Post to Melissa (daughter) and then venture even further back in your blogs. Such a problem!!! Haven't been to Machu Picchu yet but hope to get there soon. Hopefully, the next South American trip is to the Galapagos with my kids.

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    1. Welcome back Mary... so glad you took such an amazing trip. I think it was good timing on your part. I am flattered my your attentiveness to my blog. Of all of my recent posts you might appreciate: http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/09/simple-living-ideas-small-talkits-big.html

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  26. This recipe looks fantastic! I know it tastes wonderful. Thanks for sharing it. Stop by and visit us. We are having a really wonderful giveaway this week that you will love.

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  27. This sounds very yummy. Pinned.

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  28. Love the recipe for the sausage stuffed squash. That is a great combination! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday and vote.

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  29. Hi Diane,
    It all looks so good! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  30. Diane,
    Your squash looks delicious. I've never used Farro before but it sure looks yummy. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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  31. Thank you for sharing with Simple Meals Friday! I hope join us again.

    http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.mx/2012/11/simple-meals-friday-6.html?showComment=1351862000706

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