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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Dates and Pecans in the Instant Pot

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Acorn squash tastes even more fabulous when stuffed with buttery pecans, dates, and brown sugar goodness. Make it even faster with the help of an electric pressure cooker.

close up of acorn squash half stuffed with dates pecans and brown sugar

      Brown sugar, pecans and acorn squash are quintessential fall flavors. Why not marry them together in a slightly decadent but totally amazing side dish. It cooks quickly in an instant pot and is a perfect accompaniment to pork chops, chicken and more.

     Winter squash is rolling in! I love seeing all of the fabulous types and appreciate the wonderful varieties local farmers grow.

hollowed out acorn squash half and small bowl of pecans

       Our CSA has been including fabulous spaghetti, butternut, acorn, buttercup and more.

      I am hoping delicata squash is still coming. Last year I made some honey roasted delicata with cranberries that was so good and I’m hoping to make it again!

      Anyway, with the pile of squash growing it is time to crank out some new recipes. It’s fun to have a variety to pull from when the season arrives.

acorn squash half filled pecans, dates and brown sugar.

       We really love the more savory preparations like Parmesan roasted acorn squash in the air fryer. But my old neighbors introduced me to acorn squash stuffed with butter and brown sugar and I was instantly hooked.

     So I thought it would be fun to create a slight twist on that idea and make it even easier and faster with the help of a pressure cooker.

       This recipe can easily be adapted to meet your dietary and flavor preferences. However the combination of brown sugar, butter and pecans is hard to beat.

acorn stuffed with dates, pecans and brown sugar in front of instant pot.

     Dates add a nice texture and more natural sweetness. The final combination is the ultimate in candied acorn goodness.

    Then all you need is a nice savory main dish and you are ready to go. I think some nice pork chops, pork roast or chicken would be fabulous. A great sausage would be really good too.

brown sugar and pecan stuffed acorn squash cooked in an instant pot.

Addition and Substitution ideas:

  • If you don’t have dates, try raisins or dried cranberries.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon would be delicious!
  • A grating of orange zest over the top would be amazing as well. 

If you would rather bake your acorn squash in the oven, that’s not a problem! Get it halved, cleaned and stuffed then bake it at 400 F for 50-60 minutes.  It should be fork tender and delicious!

Now tell me your favorite varieties of squash and your favorite recipes. I’d love to hear all about it!

Yield: 2 Servings

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Dates and Pecans in the Instant Pot

brown sugar and pecan stuffed acorn squash cooked in an instant pot.

Acorn squash tastes even more fabulous when stuffed with buttery pecans, dates, and brown sugar goodness. Make it even faster with the help of an electric pressure cooker.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out all of the seeds and pulp. Put squash halves in an instant pot safe pan. (You may have to do one at a time depending on the size of your squash and pan.)
  2. Mix together the brown sugar, dates and pecans. Place half of the mixture in each squash half.
  3. Cut the butter into small pats and place them over the filling in the squash.
  4. Pour a cup of water in the bottom of the pressure cooker, then put the pan on the rack.
  5. Place the lid on the instant pot and be sure the vent is set to closed.  
  6. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Allow to naturally vent for 5 minutes and then manually vent. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 8gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Acorn squash tastes even more fabulous when stuffed with buttery pecans, dates, and brown sugar goodness. Make it even faster with the help of an electric pressure cooker.

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Friday 18th of October 2019

We had acorn squash for dinner tonight, but I made it in the oven... and had to wait.. forever! I did consider the Instant Pot, but wondered if it would work. Next time I have to try this!

Miz Helen

Monday 14th of October 2019

Contratulations your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday,453! Thanks so much for sharing you talent with us and hope you have a great week! Miz Helen

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thank you so much!

Miz Helen

Monday 7th of October 2019

I just love the filling for your squash! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thank you, it is a fun fall side dish for sure.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 30th of September 2019

Is there anything an Instant Pot can't do? This looks SO GOOD, Carlee!

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

It does it all!

mommar6

Monday 30th of September 2019

The instant pot can be so much fun. I can't believe how easy this can be. I bet it's extra special with the dates and brown sugar!

Carlee

Thursday 17th of October 2019

It's like a treat for your dinner plate!