Get to know the unique and flavorful varieties of winter squash
It's high time for winter squash, and there's a cornucopia of eye-catching varieties to choose from. (Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press/MCT)
Cover; cook mixture on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours.
In blender or food processor, place one-third to one-half of mixture. Cover; blend on high speed until smooth. Repeat with remaining squash mixture. Return mixture to slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese. Cover; cook on low heat about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir with wire whisk until smooth.
Cook's note: You may stir in a 1-pound bag of frozen mixed vegetables (thawed and drained) with the cream cheese.
Tested by Susan M. Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.
230 calories (66 percent from fat ), 17 grams fat (11 grams sat. fat ), 15 grams carbohydrates , 5 grams protein , 910 mg sodium , 50 mg cholesterol , 2 grams fiber.
Sausage stuffed sweet dumpling squash
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: 4 (generously)
-- The bread cubes are optional, but using them gives more of a traditional stuffing consistency.
2 sweet dumpling, acorn or favorite small squash
1 pound bulk pork sausage, sweet or hot
1 medium onion, peeled, chopped
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 cups bread cubes, optional
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries