Sausage Stuffed 8-Ball Squash

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Have you ever heard of 8-ball squash?  They are perfect little balls.  Tastes much like zucchini squash. When I saw these at the produce stand, I knew I had to try them.

8-ball squash raw

Ingredients:

  • 4 8-ball squash
  • 1/2 pound hot sausage
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell peppers, chopped or 1 teaspoon jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 ounces Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Slice off stem end.  Place upside down in pan with one inch water and boil for 10 minutes.

After squash cools a bit, carve the flesh out of the inside and set aside in a colander to drain. A grapefruit spoon works really well for this job.

scooping out squash

Saute sausage, onions and garlic till brown.  Add tomato and well-drained, chopped squash to meat mixture.   Add half of cheese. Fill squash shells.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Place in 350 degree preheated oven until cheese melts.

Sausage Stuffed 8-Ball Squash
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
 
Unusual looking 8-ball squash with a familiar taste make a beautiful presentation stuffed with sausage and other veggies.
Ingredients
  • 4 8-ball squash
  • ½ pound hot sausage
  • ¼ cup onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup bell peppers, chopped or 1 teaspoon jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 ounces Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice off stem end. Place upside down in pan with one inch water and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. After squash cools a bit, carve the flesh out of the inside and set aside in a colander to drain. A grapefruit spoon works really well for this job.
  3. Saute sausage, onions and garlic till brown. Add tomato and well-drained, chopped squash to meat mixture. Add half of cheese. Fill squash shells. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Place into 350 degree preheated oven until cheese melts.

 

Nutritional Stats based on 4 servings:

  • Calories 316
  • Fat 23.5 g
  • Cholesterol 70 mg
  • Sodium 578 mg
  • Carbohydrates 8.4 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 18.9 g
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Organic Dieta July 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

I just bought some 8-ball squash today and was looking for recipe. This recipe sounds YUM … I will have to substitute sausage with quinoa since I am a vegetarian.
Thank you so much

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Paula July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Love your idea to use quinoa. Think I’ll try that myself. Thanks for writing.

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Rhiannan February 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Omg! These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them for dinner sometime soon!

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Lorie July 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Could the zucchini be stuffed then frozen for future use?

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Karine September 16, 2009 at 5:30 am

This looks original and delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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velva September 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Your stuffed squash looks delicious! The fact that you are using almost perfectly round squash…Impressive!

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Kitchen Butterfly September 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I love all things stuffed…lemons are adorable emptied and stuffed and baked. Yum. This looks really good too. Well done

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Pam September 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

OMG….now that looks really GOOD!

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shaista September 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

looks yum yum….and very colourful too

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