Acorn Squash Bowl


3-4 Acorn Squash
1/2 C Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp. Parsley (preferably fresh)
1 tsp garlic salt
vegetable broth
5-6 oz. chopped mushrooms
2/3 C chopped onions
1 clove garlic
3 C Chopped Kale
2/3 C Raisins or Currents
1/4 C soy sauce or Tamari
2 Tbsp Sherry or Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp Honey (it will freeze dry in this recipe!)
2- 2 1/2 C Cooked Wild Rice

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Acorn Squash Bowl

Sep 15, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: Live. Life. Simple.

This recipe will make about 2 Large Freeze Dry Trays *


  1. Cook Wild Rice First (it takes a while)
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Snap off stems of acorn squash, cut squash in 1/2 lengthwise, scoop out seeds and pith
  4. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet (DO NOT USE OIL!!) Bake 25-30 Minutes
  5. While Squash is baking: Brown panko bread crumbs in a frying pan (using little to no oil).Add browned panko to a small bowl and add parsley & garlic salt.
  6. In a frying pan, add a small amount of veggie broth (see freeze dried veggie broth recipe) and cook mushrooms, onions & garlic for 5-6 minutes, then add Kale and cook until Kale is wilted
  7. Transfer mushroom mixture to a mixing bowl and add raisins, soy sauce, sherry, honey & rice and mix together.
  8. Fill cavities of cooked squash and top with Panko Bread Crumbs Mixture. Bake for an additional 10-30 minutes until fully cooked
  9. Remove skins from squash and evenly distribute on freeze drying pans
  10. Add dividers if using. Pre Freeze
  11. Store Appropriately. (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)


Cycle Time:

My time was 38 Hrs. in a Large Freeze Dryer


Slowly add boiling water and mix, then cover for 5 minutes and mix again.


* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray
Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.

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Comments (1)

  • This looks delicious, but will the squash fit on the FD’er trays?
    Freeze Drying Cookbook replied:
    I don’t think the squash would fit just cut in half. In the video I scoop it out of the squash shell and flatten it a bit on the trays.


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