Sweet Dumpling Squash with Quinoa, Bacon & Cheese

by Marla on January 14, 2013 · 46 comments

Follow Me on Pinterest

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

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

Isn’t the color of this squash awesome?!

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash with Bacon, Roasted Veggies and Cheese | FamilyFreshCooking.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 | FamilyFreshCooking.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 | FamilyFreshCooking.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 | FamilyFreshCooking.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.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/01/14/stuffed-sweet-dumpling-squash-recipe/

Sweet Dumpling Squash Recipe Links

Related Posts with Thumbnails

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

I love stuffed squash and haven’t done it yet this season. Gorgeous photos as always.

Reply

2 Rosa January 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

So pretty and scrumptious looking! A great idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

Reply

3 Leanne @ healthful pursuit January 14, 2013 at 5:37 am

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

Reply

4 Marla January 16, 2013 at 3:08 am

Leanne, love that your market is in all French!! Makes for lots of choices based on visual appeal if you don’t know the language ;)

Reply

5 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

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!

Reply

6 Robyn | Add a Pinch January 14, 2013 at 5:49 am

So bright and fresh! It looks delicious!

Reply

7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 14, 2013 at 6:00 am

Lovely! That little touch of bacon and cheese makes this healthy dish seem indulgent. :)

Reply

8 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 14, 2013 at 6:02 am

Those look so good served like that! I am of course also liking the bacon in them! :)

Reply

9 Julie @ Table for Two January 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

these photos are simply stunning and breathtaking, Marla!! I totally buy produce buy the looks ;) this looks so yummy!

Reply

10 Jenny Flake January 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

What a stunning dish Marla! Fabulous color :) Yum!

Reply

11 Aimee @ Simple Bites January 14, 2013 at 6:56 am

My type of recipe. You’ve done winter squash proud, Marla!

Reply

12 HeatherChristo January 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

SERIOUSLY gorgeous Marla!!

Reply

13 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

Cutest squash EVER – and bacon?

SOLD :)

Reply

14 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

So gorgeous, can’t wait to try a vegetarian version!

Reply

15 naomi January 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

Seriously, gorgeous girl! I love all the popping colors and flavorful!

Reply

16 Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

I would totally buy these for the name…sweet dumpling squash. Love the adorable squash, and the stuffing looks delish too.

Reply

17 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry January 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

Now this is one sizzling, scrumptious dinner! I have never thought to combine bacon with squash-love it!

Reply

18 Megan January 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

These are fabulous Marla – I’m all about the squash this winter!

Reply

19 Gaby January 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

LOVE this marla!! Looks like such a great dinner :)

Reply

20 Bree {Skinny Mommy} January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

Almost too cute to eat! These look beautiful and sound delicious!

Reply

21 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I didn’t know you could eat that kind of squash! What a wonderful dish! This is my kind of meal!!

Reply

22 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This is a work of art, Marla! the colors, the food styling, the clarity, obviously that mountain lighting is working like a charm for you :)

Reply

23 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Gorgeous dish, Marla! Love the pictures!

Reply

24 kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

These are gorgeous, Marla! I love any kind of winter squash and ANYTHING that involves bacon :)

Reply

25 Cara January 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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!

Reply

26 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

great looking girl!

Reply

27 Minnie(@thelady8home) January 15, 2013 at 2:26 am

This is seriously AWESOME! Looks SO yummy.

Reply

28 Aya B. January 15, 2013 at 5:10 am

These looks absolutely amazing

Reply

29 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

Stuffed squash sound totally amazing!

Reply

30 Denise Browning January 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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. :(

Reply

31 Marla January 16, 2013 at 7:05 am

Thanks so much Denise! Love that you took such a careful count of my photos ;)

Reply

32 carolinaheartstrings January 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

What a wonderful recipe, post and of course pictures. Loved it.

Reply

33 Jean (lemons and anchovies) January 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

I can’t get over how pretty the presentation is and I love everything you put in the squash. I wouldn’t change a thing. I tend to go plain when I prepare squash at home but you’ve inspired me to change things up.

Reply

34 Cookin Canuck January 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous again! What a fantastic way to prepare squash.

Reply

35 ashley - baker by nature January 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

This is just gorgeous! Your photography is truly art.

Reply

36 Donna January 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’m PRAYING that I can find this squash!

Reply

37 sarah January 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

What if you can’t find this squash, I can’t find them at any store???

Reply

38 Jeanette January 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

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!

Reply

39 Marian (Sweetopia) January 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

Beautiful presentation!! In love!

Reply

40 Jessica January 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

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.?

Reply

41 Bill January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

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!

Reply

42 cooking rookie February 2, 2013 at 12:29 am

Gorgeous photos! This squash is almost too pretty to eat :-)

Reply

43 Michelle October 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

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

Reply

44 Stepha January 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Really delicious recipe! I combined this recipe with the one on thekitchn.com and it turned out fantastic!

Reply

45 Marla January 9, 2014 at 3:59 am

That sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: