The naturally sweet taste of squash makes it a favorite at Thanksgiving time. These festive side dish recipes pair squash with risotto, apples and cranberries, shitake mushrooms, and other earthy ingredients for dozens of standout Thanksgiving side-dish ideas.

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Rich Squash Casserole

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples with Maple Glazed Pecans

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When the early autumn days get shorter and nights start to get cool, butternut squash are ready to harvest. From your own garden or local farmers market, this sweet, nutty winter squash makes the perfect side dish. For this recipe we slow-roasted sliced butternut squash with brown sugar, apples and a splash of Calvados apple brandy topped with maple glazed pecans seasoned with sea salt.

Total: 1 hr 50 mins

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

Better Homes and Gardens

Keep your oven free for large cuts of meat or poultry and put your slow cooker to work in this comforting side dish that gets finished with a crunchy bacon topper.

Make Ahead Butternut Squash Gratin

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

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Once roasted, a butternut squash can be used in seemingly endless ways. Try it as a simple side dish, mash it for healthy comfort food, or puree it and use it in place of pumpkin in your favorite baked goods.

Root Vegetable Gratin

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Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash

Food & Wine

For winter squash that is crispy on the outside and moist within, Melissa Perello halves each one, roasts it until soft, then cuts it into wedges and roasts it some more.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

Whether you serve it with fish, chicken or beef, this nutritious slow cooker pilaf will be a hit at your dinner table.

Ancho-Cocoa Mashed Butternut Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

Liven up your next holiday meal, Sunday supper or Wednesday dinner with this spicy take on mashed squash. Ancho chile powder and cocoa powder combine for a classically Mexican vibe.

Baked Butternut Squash-and-Cheese Polenta

Food & Wine

Anna Thomas's 1970s book, The Vegetarian Epicure, is iconic; updated in the '90s and rechristened The New Vegetarian Epicure, it focuses on recipes for entertaining. One of her latest dishes is this crusty baked polenta, swirled with mashed butternut squash and smoked Gouda cheese.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Sausage-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

Delicata squash has skin that's so thin and tender, you'll have no trouble eating it after it's roasted.

Burst-of-Orange Butternut Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

A sweet maple-orange glaze coats this low calorie, baked butternut squash side dish.

Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

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Wild rice -- a healthy whole grain -- adds a delightfully toothsome texture to this butternut squash side dish. Before you purchase, peel and chop a whole squash, check your produce department for packaged, ready-to-use cubed squash (it makes this dish a breeze).

Butternut Squash with Cranberries

Better Homes and Gardens

Often overlooked, tart cranberries can make a meal. Include them in vegetable side dishes, such as this simmered butternut squash.

Total: 30 mins

Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

Better Homes and Gardens

Tart and sweet cranberry, apple juice, maple-syrup and apples glaze these baked winter squash slices. Sprinkle this autumn side dish recipe with pecans before serving. Other hard-shell squashes, such as butternut, work equally well in this recipe.

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