Giant Stuffed Roasted Turban Squash
Enjoy as a whole meal for a holiday feast.
1 turban squash, pumpkin, or other large squash (5 pounds)
Olive Oil Spray
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup apples, chopped
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 boneless, skinless organic chicken breast half (3 ounces), cubed
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, warmed
1. Preheat the oven to 450. Wash the squash and with a sharp knife, cut the "topknot" from the turban squash. If using a pumpkin, cut out the stem end in a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Reserve top. Carefully scoop out pulp and seeds. Spray the cavity with olive oil. Place the lid back on the pumpkin, wrap in aluminum foil and bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes. Test doneness by piercing squash with the tip of a sharp knife - it should slide in easily. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle. Remove and save foil.
2. Meanwhile in a large bowl combine parsley, apples and cooked quinoa. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon.
3. Remove the squash from the oven and when cool enough to handle, gently peel back the foil on top and remove the lid. If necessary, scoop out some flesh to create a deeper cavity. Place the chicken in the bottom of squash. Top with quinoa stuffing evenly over the chicken. (Leftover stuffing can be placed in a casserole dish and baked on the side.) Ladle the broth into the squash, replace the lid, rewrap with the reserved foil and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It is ready to serve when the inner flesh is cooked within 1/2 inch of its skin. Check by removing the lid and piercing the pumpkin with a the tip of a sharp knife.
4. If desired, garnish the turban squash with fresh greens, parsley and washed autumn leaves.
5. To serve, dish out a helping of the stuffing, then dig into the sides for a serving of savory squash.