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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ground Beef

2 medium acorn squash 4 slices bacon, diced 2 medium onion, trimmed and diced 1 tart apple, peeled cored and diced 1 lb ground beef 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon dried sage ( optional) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Heat oven to 350. Place squash halves cut side down on a rimmed dish. Add 2 cups water to dish and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Meanwhile cook bacon in a large non stick skillet over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add onion and apple. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in ground beef. Cook breaking apart with a wooden spoon, 5 minutes. Add brown sugar,spices, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs. Drain water from baking dish and flip over squash. Spoon meat mixture into squash halves. Return to oven and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve warm .