This two-for-one dish of wild rice stuffing and roasted acorn squash is a sure crowd-pleaser. You can cut the stuffed halves into quarters so they don’t take up as much room on the plate. Wild rice takes about as much time to cook as long-grain brown rice, which you can use as a substitute. You can also make the rice ahead and refrigerate. Reheat with a splash of water before adding to the sausage mixture.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Butternut squash, pumpkin, and acorn squash are just some of the unsung heroes of the holiday season. Let winter squash have a starring role at your Thanksgiving table this year. 

Antara Sinha
October 17, 2017

Among fall produce, winter squash deserves its own place at your Thanksgiving table. Delectably sweet and caramelized when roasted, we’ve picked our favorite recipes that pair these seasonal favorites with both traditional and unexpected flavors for a veggie side (or dessert) that’s sure to become a new holiday family favorite.

Autumn Glow Salad

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Fresh salads are often a welcome addition to a Thanksgiving spread normally laden with indulgent, creamy dishes. Sweet, roasted butternut squash pairs perfectly with peppery arugula and the savory tang of feta cheese in this Autumn Glow Salad

Fall Vegetable and Lentil Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Sweet caramelized butternut squash, earthy-nutty legumes, and tangy yogurt may be a perfect flavor combo. It’s only an added perk that these platters of Fall Vegetable and Lentil Salad make for an absolutely stunning presentation.

Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This show-stopping side is a fall bounty on a plate. Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing is a sure crowd-pleaser, and bonus: The nutty wild rice filling can be made ahead, saving you precious time on Thanksgiving day.

Ginger-Chile Roasted Acorn Squash

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Using fresh ginger, pomegranates, and red Fresno chiles are easy ways to wake up the warm, traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Ginger-Chile Roasted Acorn Squash is a great way to showcase fall produce with a new twist.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sticky Walnut Topping

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Warm, gooey, nutty—Roasted Butternut Squash with Sticky Walnut Topping is everything you could want from a traditional holiday squash dish. Molasses gives it a sticky-sweet boost but also gives this dish its beautiful bronzed look.

Pumpkin-Poblano Casserole

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Layered flavors are what make this Pumpkin-Poblano Casserole special. The heat of poblano peppers complements the sweet pumpkin to perfection, making this a veggie side that everyone at your Turkey Day dinner will be reaching for more of.

Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash

Photo: Chris Court

Easy, fast assembly makes this tender Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash dish an effortless yet tasty addition to your Thanksgiving table. While autumn squash shines in this dish, it’s the honey butter drizzle that’s the true showstopper.

Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Take your pick of favorite autumn produce: Root vegetables and squash are our faves for this speedy, seasonal side dish. Mustard and thyme add earthy flavor to these Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables, making them a must-have at your table.

Pumpkin-Praline Pie

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This Pumpkin-Praline Pie is what to make when you can’t decide between pecan or pumpkin pie. A crunchy, brown sugar-pecan streusel is even more irresistible when paired with warm, smooth pumpkin filling.