Spicy Pork Stuffed Butternut Squash

30 Oct

Remember how I’m obsessed with using leftovers?  This is day one of using the shredded pork and French bread left over from yesterday.  I love the way trying to use leftovers forces you to be resourceful as well as innovative, so as not to get bored by the same flavors over and over again.  Overall, this dish was a success.  The spice of the hot sauce really complimented the natural sweetness of the butternut squash and the crunch of the bread cubes worked as a good foil to velvety smoothness of the squash and softness of the pork.

Spicy Pork Stuffed Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash:

1 butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed

2 tsp. garlic flavored hot sauce

1 tsp. garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350º.

Cover a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Spray the “flesh” sides of the butternut squash with nonstick cooking spray and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and garlic hot sauce.  Place in oven, flesh side up, and bake for thirty minutes.  Flip flesh-side down and bake another 15 minutes or until easily pierced with fork and almost fully cooked.


2 cups leftover shredded pork (from Shredded Pork and Tomato Stew)

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

3/4 cup shredded very sharp cheddar cheese

2 tsp. garlic hot sauce

1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup French bread, cubed

1 large brown cage-free egg

Combine all ingredients.  Take the butternut squash out of the oven and scoop a 1/2″ thick “trough” down the center of the squash to meet the natural depression where the seeds previously were.  Add this to the other ingredients and stir to combine.

Using a large spoon, scoop the filling into the depression of the squash and the trough you created.  It is okay if the filling does not fit level with the squash – about 1/2″ above the surface of the squash is fine.

Put the squash back into the oven and cook another 20 minutes until cheese is melted, stuffing is heated through, and bread cubes are toasted.

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