Monday, September 20, 2010

Double Dutch Stacked Dinner/Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham Patties and Potatoes

I called this one "The Double Dutch Stacked Dinner" because I liked the name, but in reality, it is baked acorn squash stuffed with apples and raisins in the bottom pot and ground ham patties with potatoes in the top pot. I'll break it down into two separate recipes.

Start by firing up 36 briquettes.
I used a 12" and 10" dutch oven.
I also used a 10" cast iron frying pan.

Stuffed Acorn Squash
2 acorn squash
2 large apples (your choice) peeled, cored, chopped
4 tbs golden raisins
4 tbs melted butter
4 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Cut the squash in halves and scoop out seeds with a tablespoon.
Pour about 1/2" boiling water in a 12" dutch oven.
Place squash, cut side down in pot. Place lid.
Bake for about 30 minutes with 6 briquettes below oven and 18 on lid.

During this time combine the rest of your ingredients for the stuffing in a glass bowl.
Also prepare the following vegetables for top pot:

Top Pot Veggies
white potatoes (a few handfuls) cut in half and sliced
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves of garlic (I missed this one)
3 tbs olive oil
salt, pepper, dried herbs (your choice)
Place the olive oil in the bottom of a 10" dutch oven.
Put the remainder of ingredients in the dutch oven and place lid.

At this time carefully remove the lid from the 12" dutch oven and turn the squash halves over.
Stuff the center of each squash with the apple/raisin mixture.
Place the lid (coals still on it) back on the pot.

Stand the 10" pot on the 12" pot.
Put 12 hot briquettes on lid.
Let these cook for an hour.

At this point, I started preparing my ham patties:

Ground Ham Patties
1 lb. ground ham (I bought a reduced sodium ham steak and ground it in the food processor)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 eggs

Combine the ingredients and form 6 patties.
Brown both sides in cast iron fry pan with olive oil.
Remove from pan when brown and set aside.

After the pots have cooked for one hour, remove the lid on top pot.
Gently stir the potatoes and place the ham patties on top of the veggies.
Carefully replace lid (with coals).

Bake for 30 more minutes.

Serve and eat... it's good stuff!