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Nov 2, 2008 01:47 PM

Stuffed Acorn Squash Question

I would like to try to make stuffed acorn squash. My plan is to first roast the squash (for how long ?) cut-side down, and then stuff it with some shiitake and/or oyster mushrooms, craisins, and basmati rice.
A couple of questions...
For how long should I roast the squash?
Do I cook the rice all the way, before adding to the squash? The directions say to cook the rice for about 40 minutes. Should I cook it for less time (or not at all) if I plan to stuff the squash with it, and then bake the whole stuffed squash??
Finally, do I neeed to pre-cook the mushrooms, or do I just stuff them in the squash and bake?
Sorry for all these silly questions, but I want this to work, and don't really know what I am doing!!!

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  1. I don't k now how much Basmati rice you're recipe calls for but 40 minutes is about twice as long as I'd expect to cook Basmati rice, even I weren't stuffing an acorn squash with it.
    It should take about 45 - 55 minutes to roast your acorn squash (assuming approx. 375 degree oven, middle rack) so I'd expect to have to start the squash, cook the rice to just barely tender, then mix in the raw mushrooms and stuff the squash. I'd then return the squash to the oven and finish roasting it to fork tender.
    I hope there's more to your recipe than just rice and mushrooms for the stuffing. Sounds pretty bland with only those ingredients.