Bison Stuffed Squash {G-Free}

For a girl who didn’t grow up eating much meat, it sure is funny to hear myself say I’m obsessed with bison…

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But, ’tis true… bison is my new favorite go-to meat.  It’s lean, it’s healthy, and man is it tasty.  A little more expensive than beef or turkey, yes, but definitely a treat worth splurging for every so often!  If you want to make this with a different meat go ahead… I’ve made it many times with both beef and turkey; the only difference is I add in some sage to this one since sage + bison = a match made in heaven. :)

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These squash were particularly small in size (and mighty cute, too!).  When hunting for good stuffing squash, you want to choose ones that are thick… it’s not really the length the matters, it’s how much you can pack in the thing.  So while these were on the smaller size in length, they were actually quite perfect still since they could hold a good heaping of meat in the center…

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I tend to select both yellow and green since I think it looks pretty… plus, it’s nice to have variety on the plate.  You could make this with pretty much any squash you wanted… just as long as there on the smaller side so that you don’t end up serving someone a pound of meat filling.  (Not that that would be a bad thing necessarily! ;) )

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The melted cheese adds a tasty touch one might not normally think is necessary.  It sorts of holds it all together.  If you aren’t a cheese fan or simply don’t want the stuff, you can omit it; however keep it mind that it may be a touch on the drier side without it (the cheese is like the fatty flavorful glue that keeps it all together!)

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serves about 6

INGREDIENTS

4-6 yellow and/or green zucchini squash, depending on size (these were small)

1 lb ground bison (or other meat you prefer)

1/2 yellow onion

3 garlic cloves

3-4 tomatoes

2 tbsp fresh basil

2 tbsp fresh parsley

1 tbsp fresh sage leaves

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

1/4 tsp paprika (sweet)

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp salt, plus more (to taste)

1/4 tsp back pepper, plus more (to taste)

1 tbsp ghee (or butter)

drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper for roasting squash

few slices of Havarti or other mild white cheese you like

to garnish, fresh basil leaves

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Fresh ingredients are important here… try your best to get your hands on fresh herbs

(if you can’t dry will work though)

For squash, try to find similar-sized ones in width so they cook evenly

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

To prep the squash, slice each one in half lengthwise and then

use a spoon to scoop out the interior of each squash…

leave the walls thick enough to hold everything in

(Don’t get rid of that squash you scooped out –  it’ getting used, too!)

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Lay the squash on a large baking sheet

(I’d suggest doing this sans foil, directly on the glass or metal pan… it’s a long story, but

I made this dish at a friend’s house for dinner and this is what had to be used at the time)

Drizzle the squash with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper

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Turn squash face down (this helps to steam the squash, cooking it faster)

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Bake for about 10 minutes, until the squash are cooked through and tender

(be careful not to overcook them… you want them to be firm enough to hold their shape!)

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Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing…

Finely dice the tomatoes, onion, and garlic cloves

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Heat ghee (or butter) in a large pan  over medium heat (I like cast iron personally)

Add the squash (the stuff you scooped out) and onion

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Then add the garlic cloves and about 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Saute the veggies for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened

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Add the bison meat

Stir well to combine all of the ingredients

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Chop the fresh herbs (basil, parsley, sage, and thyme) and tomatoes

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Add them to the meat

Add in the paprika and allspice, as well

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Stir and let it all cook down until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes

Taste and adjust seasonings as desired

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By now, the squash should be done…

Using a slotted spoon (to allow the juices to strain), fill each squash with the meat mixture

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Then top each squash with a slice of cheese… it can be grated, sliced, or ripped into pieces

Doesnt matter, just cover that meat! :)

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Place the squash back in the oven for a few more minutes, until the cheese is melted

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Finely slice some fresh basil leaves for topping

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When the squash are done, plate them and sprinkle with fresh basil

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That’s it, done!

Dig in and enjoy!! :)

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