Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout & Apple Stuffing

Happy Friday! Today is a very special day- not just because its Friday and the weekend is just a few hours away. Today is Ski Boots in the Kitchen’s 2nd Birthday!! Happy Birthday blog! I made you some delicious stuffing to celebrate! Thank you to everyone that has followed me, made my recipes and enjoy this journey with me, it’s been so much fun! In celebration of our 2nd birthday we have a super awesome, shiny and new Ski Boots in the Kitchen logo created by my amazing sista Anabelle McLean!SBITK_Logo I don’t know about you but I am excited for some fall activities this weekend! I went out and bought a couple pumpkins to carve and I am planning on making my favorite Stew in a Pumpkin which was my very first post on the blog two years ago! If you have not tried this stew, please stop what you are doing and get your yourself to a grocery store STAT and start cooking. It is the best fall recipe… possibly ever!

I thought you’d enjoy some of the wildlife I’ve been seeing around Park City lately. All the deer and moose are out trying to fatten up before winter and I am doing the same in my kitchen! I have already started to think about the holidays and delicious recipes to share with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah! This recipe for stuffing is an awesome way to get all your veggies- butternut squash, apples and cranberries add the perfect sweetness, while the pecans give the stuffing a lovely crunch! This recipe is so tasty, it will definitely become a new family favorite! Hope you have a great weekend! Cheers!

Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Apple Stuffing (Click for printer friendly version)

(Serves 6-8)

Recipe from Food52

  • 1 pound butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 medium gala apple, cut into a 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tbsp and 1 tbsp
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 10 slices bread of choice: crusty sourdough, dry cornbread, whole grain, or, if you are gluten free, millet bread will work nicely. Prior to preparing the recipe, leave bread out for a day to become slightly dry, then cut into cubes.
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (plus extra as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the squash, brussels sprouts, apples, and shallots in 2 tbsp oil and season well with salt and pepper. Roast till vegetables are very tender and remove from oven. Reduce oven heat to 350.
  2. Heat other tbsp oil in a large pot. Saute the onion and celery till translucent (about 5-8 min). Add the bread cubes and allow them to get golden brown with the veggies in the oil. Add a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the roasted vegetables, cranberries, pecans, and seasonings, gently toss to combine. Add the vegetable broth and stir the mix till the broth has almost entirely absorbed in the toasted bread. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Maple-Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Rutabaga with Hazelnuts

IMG_5852I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home to spend Christmas with my family for the first time in 4 years and coming from a family that loves to eat, I couldn’t be more excited! My sister-in-law and I have been planning Christmas dinner for the last week, picking the perfect sides, appetizers and drinks for our first Christmas on the Island. IMG_5855

I love brussel sprouts and root vegetables, they are the perfect winter dish, which is why I was automatically drawn to this recipe. I’ve done roasted root veggies before with olive oil and some S & P… but the flavor of the maple syrup and hazelnuts make this dish amazing. IMG_5882

Its a perfect side for chicken, turkey or beef (we are doing it with a stuffed beef tenderloin…recipe to come). This has become one of my favorite new brussel sprout recipes- last time I tweaked it and added 1 pound of parsnips (pealed and diced). You could add just about any root vegetable to this recipe and it would be fantastic! Enjoy!
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Maple-Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Rutabaga and Hazelnuts (Click for printer friendly version)

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds rutabaga, skin removed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (5 cups)
  • 3/4 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1 ounce toasted hazelnuts, chopped (1/3 cup) (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together maple syrup, oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add rutabaga, and toss.
  2. Transfer rutabaga and all but 2 tablespoons glaze to a rimmed baking sheet (leave remaining glaze in bowl). Spread rutabaga in a single layer, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and roast for 35 minutes, tossing halfway through and making sure rutabaga is spread toward the edges of pan.
  3. Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees. Toss brussels sprouts with remaining glaze in bowl and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Remove sheet from oven, and add sprouts. Toss, and spread in a single layer. Roast vegetables, tossing every 5 minutes, until glaze is very thick and vegetables are deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Season with pepper and sprinkle with hazelnuts.IMG_5902Recipe from Whole Living