Stuffed Butternut Squash Two Ways (Vegetarian/Vegan Options) – Part Two Mushroom Filling

Although hollowing a pumpkin can be quite the challenge, this dish is well worth the struggle and pumpkin gut clean-up. Both fillings are meat-free, which does not mean that they lack flavour. One filling sautéed butternut squash with aromatic garlic and the other a creamy mushroom filling. Both fillings contain créme fraiche and cheese, which you can easily replace with plant-based alternatives to make these vegan-friendly. The only question left is to peel or not to peel the butternut squash.

Stuffed Butternut Squash Two Ways

Mushroom Stuffed Squash

Ingredients:
• 1 butternut squash
• olive oil
• salt
• black pepper
• 1 onion diced
• 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 500 gr mushrooms, sliced
• parsley
• 200 gr cremé fraiche or plant-based alternative
• grated cheese or plant-based alternative

Instructions:
1. Peel the butternut squash (optional), cut it in half and gut it using a spoon or a small ice cream scoop.
2. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
3. Hollow the butternut squash out. It is easiest to first cut an outline before cutting a grated pattern into it before scooping out one cube at a time.

It is no problem should you accidentally slice through the bottom of the pumpkin. Slice shallow lines into the bottom butternut squash and set it into an oven dish.

4. Drizzle some olive oil on the squash and season it well with salt and pepper. Pour a little bit of water into the bottom of the oven dish, just so much that the bottom is slightly covered.
5. Bake the butternut squash halves for about 20-25 minutes until fork-tender.

6. While the squash is in the oven make the filling. Put a pan on high heat and add some olive oil. Sauté the diced onions until translucent before adding the garlic, sauté until aromatic. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté well until they have lost most of their moisture. Take the pan off the heat and season it to taste with salt, pepper and parsley. Stir in the créme faiche.
7. When the butternut squash is fork-tender take it out of the oven to stuff. Fill both halves with the mushroom filling and sprinkle some grated cheese over it. Bake it for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is golden.

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