What you need:
- 2 lbs bulk sausage of choice: I like a good sage sausage, or a breakfast sausage, but even a spicy hot version has some appeal.
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large yellow onion
- Fresh, hearty herbs: Sage, rosemary, thyme, stuff like that. Avoid softer herbs like basil & oregano, even parsley I think doesn't hold up.
- 1 butternut squash
- 1-2 apples
- a handful of nuts: walnuts, almonds, mixed nuts, hazelnuts, all good.
- seasonings to taste
What to Do:
- Peel the butternut squash and dice it (1/2 inch cubes). You can rinse the strings off the seeds & throw them in as nuts if you want.
- Dice the onion, and slice the celery. Core the apple, and dice.
- Sauté the onion, celery & sausage together.
- Mix the onion, celery, sausage, squash (yes, uncooked), apples, nuts, and herbs in a large mixing bowl. Toss in some seasonings; salt, pepper, garlic, anything else that sounds good. Pour the mix into a casserole dish and cover with foil or lid.
- Bake in oven until squash is cooked. Times & temps vary. I'd say 350 F for 45 minutes is about right, but if you're putting it in with other things that need different temperatures, it's pretty forgiving. The biggest thing is cooking the squash & in the process you're steaming the nuts so they're sort of soft.
- Serve as a side dish at a Thanksgiving meal, or even as a main & veg next to a starch. Maybe add some rice & call it pilaf.
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