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Beef and Caramelized Onion Squash

November 5, 2012
An incredibly delicious meal that is easy to throw together.
 
The sweetness of the squash and sweet potato, combined with the savory flavors of crisp bacon and caramelized onions and drizzled with some heavenly balsamic vinegar – it’s a one-dish-meal that satisfies the hunger.
 
Ingredients
serves 2-4
 
1 large butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
1 lb ground beef (grassfed is optimal)
6 slices of bacon (free pastured source optimal)
2 small onions, sliced
1 sweet potato, diced
salt
pepper
2 tblsp cinnamon
Balsamic vinegar
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
 
 
 
 
Cut squash in half and scrape out seeds. Place face down on cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until soft.
 

 
While the squash is baking, saute your ground beef with 1 onion and then your bacon.
Crumble bacon after it has cooled.
 

 
Pre-cook your diced sweet potato as desired (I like to steam mine).
Dump bacon, ground beef and sweet potato into large bowl, add cinnamon and salt/pepper to taste.  Mix together.
 

 
Once your squash are properly cooked (I like to use acorn squash as well!), scoop out the meat of the squash and mix in with the ground beef mixture.
 

 
Stuff your squash with ground beef mixture.
Caramelize your remaining onion slices, adding a small amount of water each time they dry up, until nice and caramelized (this takes about 5-7 minutes).
 

 
Top your squash with caramelized onions, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

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