Baked potatoes stuffed with acorn squash - ma

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 Acorn squash (about 1 lb each), halved lengthwise and seeded
3 cups Coarse sea salt
4 Idaho potatoes (about 2 lb), scrubbed and dried
2 tablespoons Olive oil
3 tablespoons Finely chopped fresh sage
3 tablespoons Finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon Heavy cream
1½ teaspoon Salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
¼ cup Freshly grated Parmesan

1. Heat oven to 425'. Place squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cut side down, and bake until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Scoop out flesh; discard the skin. Puree in a food mill or food processor; drain in a sieve set over a bowl, about 1 hour.

2. Pour the sea salt into a large roasting pan and place potatoes on top. Bake for 1 hour. Set aside until potatoes are cool enough to handle. Reserve salt in the roasting pan.

3. Cut a shallow slash along the top of the potatoes from end to end.

Carefully remove the flesh with a melon baller, leaving ¼ inch inside the skin, and put it through a food mill or potato nicer. Set aside.

4. In a medium saute pan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add sage and shallots and saute until shallots are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add squash, potatoes, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Raise heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in Parmesan and remove from heat.

5. Heat oven to 350'. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip and fill each potato skin to ¼ inch over the top.

Return stuffed potatoes to the reserved salt and bake for 30 minutes.

Martha Stewart Living/October/94 Scanned & edited by Di Pahl & <gg>

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