Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Turkey Picadillo

You know fall is coming when you start seeing pumpkins and squash everywhere! While at the grocery store the other day, I picked up this Sweet Dumpling squash. They had all kinds on display and it was hard to just pick one but I chose the Sweet Dumpling squash becauseĀ of it’s beautiful coloring and cute size.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Turkey Picadillo

Cooking with winter squash is somewhat a new thing for me so I wasn’t really sure what to do with it besides roasting it.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Turkey Picadillo

I turned to good ol’ Google and found out that the Sweet Dumpling squash is a good vehicle to use for stuffing because of it’s small size and because it’s skin is edible.
Since the Sweet Dumpling squash is a sweet squash, I was thinking about flavors or dishes that would go well with the squash. Then I remembered a dish my mom made years ago – a Picadillo. When she made it, the Picadillo was stuffed inside a loaf of bread that was shaped liked a snake. Instead of using the bread I thought the Picadillo filling would be perfect for stuffing this squash.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Turkey Picadillo

Luckily, she still had the recipe and I was able to recreate the flavors I so fondly remember. I made a few changes to the seasonings, added a can of tomatoes and used ground turkey instead of ground beef. The result is the perfect fall meal that your family and friends (or just you!) will love!

Sweet Dumpling Squash

1 Sweet Dumpling Squash
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Parsley
1/4 Teaspoon Oregano
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Wash and dry squash.
-Using a sharp knife, pierce the squash all over.
-Place on a foil line baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
-Remove from the oven and carefully slice off the top of the squash.
-Use a spoon to remove the seeds and fibers.
-In a microwave safe bowl, add butter, parsley, oregano and garlic powder.
-Heat for about a minute or until butter is melted.
-Brush the herbed butter onto and inside of the squash.
-Season the squash with salt and pepper.

Turkey Picadillo

1.25 lb Ground Turkey Breast
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Oregano
4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Can Tomatoes, chopped
1/4 Cup Pimento Stuffed Green Olives, chopped
2 Tablespoons Almonds, chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
-Line a bowl with paper towel and set aside.
-Cook turkey in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.
-Remove turkey from the heat and place in the paper towel lined bowl.
-Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel.
-Heat oil in the same skillet over medium heat.
-Add the onion, garlic, oregano, cinnamon and cumin and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
-Add the turkey, tomato paste, tomatoes, olives, almond, salt and pepper to the skillet.
-Stirring occasionally, simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes.
-Spoon the Picadillo inside the Sweet Dumpling squash and serve immediately.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Turkey Picadillo