Recently, I picked up a beautiful butternut squash from the Farmers Market.
I also had just seen a very interesting recipe that included one of these autumnal veggies. After reading it through, I began to stylize it like most foodies have a tendency of doing:
“oh, wouldn’t it be great if I added…” “hey, I should swap out this for that….”
and of course, “I definitely need to DOUBLE the bacon!”
Bacon: That delicously-delightful, salty-smoky, crispy goodness that makes so many things better.
Also known as American Buffalo, bison has become a favorite of mine. At the bottom of this page are a few reasons why you will probably want to try it. I purchase “Great Range” brand at Ralphs, and I’ve seen other grocery stores that sell ground bison as well. It comes in a hermetically sealed 1 pound package, so it’s not that difficult to find. If you can’t locate any, or if you already have ground beef in the fridge, go ahead and switch it out. Actually, it would probably work with ground pork or turkey as well. Hey, go crazy, and have fun with it.
This recipe can be Paleo.
This recipe can be Gluten-Free.
Just be sure to read the notes that tell you what to omit, in order to keep up with these dietary needs.
So on with the recipe!
1 Butternut Squash (2 lbs)
1 bunch Green Onions, divided
2 stalks Celery
12 pieces of Bacon
¾ lb. Ground Bison
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon (no, this is NOT a typo)
2-3 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Tbsp. Balsamic Glaze* (optional)
*(if you omit the balsamic glaze, this will be gluten-free)
**(if you omit the parmesan and balsamic glaze, this will be a Paleo dish)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Halve squash lengthwise, and scoop out seeds. Place squash halves face down in baking pan with about ½” of water. Cook for 40 minutes.
Chop the green onions, and put ⅓ of them in a bowl for later use.
Chop celery. Add to the remaining green onions, and set aside.
Cook bacon in skillet, blot with paper towels, and set aside.
**Note: do not snack on these, unless you make twice as many to begin with.
Sauté green onion & celery mix in bacon drippings. Say it with me: MMMMMMM.
Add bison meat, and stir till it’s completely cooked through.
Cut the squash into little chunks and add to the bison mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cinnamon.
Yes, all of the cinnamon.
Really. You can do it.
You may want to double check for salt one more time.
Place butternut bowls on their backs, in their original baking pan, and fill each with the bison mixture.
Bake the butternut in the oven again, this time for 20 minutes.
While it’s baking, sauté the remaining ⅓ of the green onions in balsamic vinegar.
Note: If you want a thicker sauce, you can add a splash or two of balsamic glaze, however, then it will not be gluten-free.
To serve, top with onion glaze.
*Optional: you can also top it with a few parmesan shavings, but then it won’t be 100% Paleo.