Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

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Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Do you ever buy produce simply because you like it’s name ~ because it has super pretty zebra stripes?

Any food that is called “sweet dumpling” is essential in my book. How cute are these squash? Not to mention they are oh so tasty.

To keep you satisfied I stuffed ’em with all kinds of greatness: roasted veggies, quinoa, bacon and cheese. Your welcome.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

The hardest part about this recipe (which is only hard because you gotta be somewhat patient) ~ is waiting for the squash to bake.

While it’s baking you can make the quinoa, vacuum the floor or obsess over Pinterest.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

I always choose the later ~ Pinterest is my favorite obsession.

Actually skiing is my obsession, but once I am outdoors it is for hours. Waaaaaayyyy longer than it takes to bake up a sweet dumpling squash.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Isn’t the color of this squash awesome?!

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Sweet Dumpling Squash topped with all that melty cheese it is irresistible…anything topped with cheese is tough to refuse.

Don’t forget a side of Mâche greens. I enjoy the delicate texture and flavor of Mâche. Or side with any salad.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Here is a peek inside…you know you wanted a peek.

Sort of like a present you can’t wait to unwrap…

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

This recipe is also gluten free and grain free if you are concerned with that.

To make it vegetarian, use a veggie bacon instead of regular bacon.

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | MarlaMeridith.com

Enjoy!

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 Sweet Dumpling Squash
  • 1 cup dry Quinoa (cook according to package directions)
  • Filling
  • 1/2 Red Onion, 1 cup diced
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • 1 Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
  • Garlic Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • 3 ounces cooked Bacon, chopped
  • a few ounces Cheddar Cheese

Method

    Sweet Dumpling Squash
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle. Pierce squash several times with a sharp knife. Bake for about 40-50 minutes until soft. Remove from oven and cool a bit. Slice off the tops and scoop out the seeds. Set aside. Keep the oven at 350 F.
  • Quinoa Filling
  • Sauté onion over medium high heat with garlic olive oil until soft. Add zucchini and bell pepper. Season with some garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper. Cook until everything is soft and slightly browned. Add a cup of the cooked quinoa and bacon pieces. Combine well.
  • Coat the inside and tops of the squash with some garlic oil. Scoop some of the quinoa mixture into the squash. Top with cheese.
  • Place filled squash back in the oven in a casserole dish. Bake 15 minutes uncovered. Finish by melting the cheese under a low broil until it is slightly browned.
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48 Responses to Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

  1. I really need to get on the stuffed squash train. I eat a squash a day, but it never looks as beautiful as this! Yes for sure, I buy food all the time that just looks pretty even if I have no idea what it is. The market that we buy our produce in is all in French so all of the names don’t make any sense to me!! They all sound pretty haha

      • Oh totally… except for when you really don’t know what something is and you don’t know how to prepare it. I came home with some spunky looking potato thing the other day and couldn’t remember the (French) name for it to look up how to make it… so I winged it and threw it on the BBQ. Eh, when all else fails!

  2. Yes, I’m totally guilty of buying produce that’s pretty or has a cute name :) And I just have to say these photos are absolutely gorgeous and remind me that I have an unfinished board and some purple paint laying around somewhere… now I’ve got a project!

  3. Oh, my gosh! I love how vivid these pictures are plus the food styling. I am especially in love with the second, fifth, and seventh pictures, Marla! I just wish they would match my kitchen colors. :(

  4. How pretty Marla – I love stuffing mini squashes too, such a nice presentation. What are the little purple shreds on top – are they some sort of sprout? They add such a nice touch!

  5. What are those magenta colored micro greens on top of the squash? Do you grow them yourself or buy them? How long do they last, etc.?

  6. This looks delicious. Winter squash can sometimes be a little boring without some interesting additions. Not this one, though. This is one I definitely want to try! Btw, your photographs are fantastic!

  7. These photos and recipe really inspired me, so I decided to prepare it. Very easy to do. I used red quinoa and rinsed it before I cooked it. The funny thing is is that the filling was very bitter. I can only guess that this would be the red quinoa. Maybe I didn’t rinse it enough??? I cook with it often and have never had this problem before…any thoughts or suggestions?

    Thanks

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