Porcini and wild rice stuffed acorn squash
Porcini and wild rice stuffed acorn squash Photo by Vered Guttman
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There are many explanations for the tradition of eating stuffed or wrapped foods during Sukkot. Some say they represent the plentiful fruit and vegetables gathered in the last harvest of the year, while others believe the custom of eating wrapped dishes symbolizes God protecting his people under his wing. For some, the stuffed dishes represent the Sukkah itself, which enwraps and protects the guests inside it. Just choose the symbol you like the most and serve your favorite stuffed veggie with it.

Stuffed food is the classic poor person’s dish, requiring only a few ounces of inexpensive ground meat to feed the whole family. But these days, stuffed food gains new appeal as it falls under Rule 23 of food writer Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: Treat meat as a flavoring. And as with many labor-intensive dishes, stuffed vegetables are not only delicious, they’re a great way for cooks to show their love to family and friends.

While not traditionally a Jewish dish, stuffed acorn squash is part of the harvest of the season, and it makes a festive holiday meal. The first recipe is for succulent acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, porcini and ground turkey (for flavoring only!), and the second is entirely vegetarian, using farro, dried tomato and ricotta salata - Farro is an ancient whole grain from the wheat family.