Fall is a fantastic time to entertain. The busy hustle of summer has ended, but the pressures of the holidays are not yet upon us. It’s the perfect time to bring your favorite people together for a enjoyable and intimate evening. Drawing inspiration from the season of bounty, your menu can include delicious flavors with beautiful colors.
This recipe is definitely inspired by the indulgent and flavorful tastes of fall. The casserole pairs crisp and tart green apples with sweet and chewy dried cranberries. The whole thing is brought together with home made cream of mushroom soup and flavorful sausage. I used regular long grain rice, but any cooked grain could be used (brown rice, quinoa, barley).
The casserole is baked inside of a pumpkin. The meat of the squash becomes soft and flavorful. If you’ve never eaten cooked pumpkin, it is a mild and sweet squash, and is sometimes stringy. It’s like a mix of a spaghetti squash and butternut squash. The casserole is best served with a scoop of the tender squash in your bowl.
This recipe is terrific when paired with a fresh green salad and a breadstick. It will warm your home and your guests as they enjoy this indulgent and flavorful meal.