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Thanksgiving Recipes: Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash and Pear Cake

Anyone need some new dishes to enjoy at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner? Both of these dishes are perfect for the occasion. The Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash looks gorgeous, but it’s fairly simple to make and it takes just a few ingredients. And the Pear Cake offers a delicious alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving desserts (though certainly include them, too).

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays, and bon appétit!


Pecan Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 acorn squash
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut each squash in half lengthwise, scrap out and discard seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in 2 baking dishes.


Add 1/2 inch of water to each pan.

Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.

In a bowl, use a hand mixer (or stand) to beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy.


Stir in pecans, reserving a few for garnish.

Carefully remove squash from oven and place cut side up on baking sheet.

(Tip: I trim off a little of the bottom so they will lie flat.)

Season squash with salt and pepper, fill with cream cheese mixture and bake for 15-20 more minutes, until filling is lightly browned and squash is tender.

Sprinkle with cinnamon, brown sugar and reserved pecans.


Pear Cake

2 cans pear halves
1 package white cake mix
3 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
Confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain pears, reserving 1 can of syrup. Chop pears.

Mix cake mix, butter, eggs and reserved syrup on low for 30 seconds, increase to medium-high for 4 mins.

Pour batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Amy Poore is a new mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at www.pooreamy.com.  

Photos: Amy Poore


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