Bacon Brie Apple Stuffed Butternut

qrXBOoPTe0NqVWcdyeCM1esKuR-tx9HI5pqbNhV7xx8=w788-h524-noI have been stuffing things like crazy lately! My lapse/sporadic posting has been because I have been working this past holiday season on being present. Shutting off my phone. Getting off my computer, and diving headfirst into enjoying my family and friend time. I have also spent A LOT of time in the kitchen. Time in the kitchen, where I was also practicing presence. I wasn’t worried about sales. Or making food quickly to get out to a waiting customer. I wasn’t even thinking about writing or photographs (which is probably why this photo isn’t my favorite). I was merely enjoying time in the kitchen. I cranked up some Allen Stone (pretty much listening to Circle on repeat) and got to dancing and singing around the kitchen, as I let down my walls to really start creating. Sliding around on the floor, pouring pecans here. Singing with my whisk microphone on my way to the pantry. Dancing my way down to open the oven. Just letting go completely, as I set to make some delicious food for people I love. Simple. Sweet. Magical.

I actually spent more time making side dishes and savory food this past holiday, than baking. As I mentioned, I stuffed a lot of things (mostly squash). I stuffed a butternut for the Paulin’s. I stuffed an acorn squash (gifted to me by my rad boss who knows food is one of the best gifts to give me, what can I say I’m a simple girl). I stuffed sweet potatoes. My favorite, however, was today’s blog: Bacon Brie Apple Stuffed Butternut. It also received rave reviews from my assortment of taste testers.

Bacon Brie Apple Stuffed Butternut

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 4 oz. chopped pieces
  • 6 oz. Brie
  • 1 Golden Delicious Apple
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp raw local honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • sea salt

Let’s Make it Happen: Cut the butternut squash in half. Place on a pan. Bake at 350 until the squash is tender. Allow it to cool a bit, so you don’t burn your fingers trying to scrap it out. While it is cooling dice the apple. Melt the brie. Crisp the bacon. Mix it all in a bowl: brie, apple, chopped bacon, and pecans. Take a spoon and scrape the squash into the bowl. Add the coconut sugar, honey, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cayenne, and sea salt. Stir it all up. Divide it in half, placing each section back into a squash half. Place bake in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

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