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November 4, 2021

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash is a delicious and stunning recipe - serve it as the main dish on your vegan Thanksgiving table, or as a hearty side at Christmas. This plant-based dish is packed with nutty, sweet, fresh, and savory flavors.

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

I used to hate butternut squash. Like shudder when I was forced to eat it at the dinner table hate. I'm not quite sure what changed between my childhood dinners and now, but I have to say, I LOVE this butternut squash dish.

If you're a little skeptical about squash yourself, or your friends/family are, I invite you to give this a try. The currants and pecans mixed into the wild rice complement the squash so well. And they give your mouth multiple flavors and textures to enjoy at once. It's quite the delicious combo.

This is definitely a dish you can serve to a large group of friends and family for holiday gatherings. Even the squash-haters will enjoy it!

Why I love Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

  • Dietary needs — this dish is naturally gluten-free. It's also vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, and sugar-free.
  • Fall flavors — Butternut squash is a tasty fall crop, throw in some rice, pecans, currants, and sage, and you've got an incredible flavor profile
  • Feeds a crowd — if you get a large butternut squash you can easily turn this dish into 10 side-sized servings or 6-8 mains

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Ingredient Notes

  • Butternut Squash: Choose a large squash to feed a crowd.
  • Shallots: You could use a small onion instead.
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Sage: This recipe tastes best with fresh sage. I highly recommend using fresh over dried.
  • Wild Rice: Wild rice has lots of flavor, which is why I recommend it for this dish. You can sub brown rice.
  • Currants: You can sub raisins.
  • Pecans: For a nut-free version use pumpkin seeds.
  • Salt & Pepper

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash Ingredients

How to make Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Step 2. Arrange the squash face down and roast 35-45 minutes until the squash is soft.

Step 3. Meanwhile, in a medium pot sauté the shallot, garlic, and sage. Use a splash of water if they start to stick.

Step 4. Add the rice and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes.

Step 5. Remove the rice from the heat and let sit 10 minutes with the lid on.

Step 6. Stir in the currants and pecans. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 7. Divide the rice into the two halves of the squash. Garnish with additional sage. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Lord, we are grateful for this food in front of us. Help it to nourish our bodies. Amen.

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash

Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash is a delicious and stunning recipe - serve it as the main dish on your vegan Thanksgiving table, or as a hearty side at Christmas. This plant-based dish is packed with nutty, sweet, fresh, and savory flavors.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

8

Prep:

10

min

cook:

50

min

total:

60

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Butternut Squash, halved lengthwise & seeds removed
  • 2 Shallots, sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, sliced
  • 20 Leaves Sage, chopped, + more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 Cup Uncooked Wild Rice
  • 3/4 Cup Currants
  • 3/4 Cup Pecans
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Arrange the squash face down and roast 35-45 minutes until the squash is soft.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium pot sauté the shallot, garlic, and sage. Use a splash of water if they start to stick.
  4. Add the rice and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the rice from the heat and let sit 10 minutes with the lid on.
  6. Stir in the currants and pecans. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Divide the rice into the two halves of the squash. Garnish with additional sage. Serve and enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography