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

The Food Channel

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

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

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

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 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.

Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

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).

Stuffed Winter Squash

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Caramelized Acorn Squash

Better Homes and Gardens

This fall-friendly side dish recipe can easily be doubled for a large gathering; just use two baking dishes.

Apple Raisin Stuffed Squash


When you want a festive side dish, try this flavorful creation. Apple, raisins and acorn squash celebrate the bounty of fall harvest.

Total: 1 hr 40 mins

Stuffed Baked Acorn Squash

My mom and I have a weekly tradition of going to the downtown farmers' market together nearly every Saturday morning in the summer and fall. We stroll along the bustling street, coffees in hand, savoring local breads and cheeses. And while bright summer produce is enough to get any foodie's heart aflutter, what really gets me excited is when the temperatures begin to drop, the leaves begin to change, and fall produce starts making an appearance!

Butternut & Barley Pilaf


Winter squash contributes a rich, full flavor to a simple barley pilaf. Gremolata, an Italian mixture of parsley, lemon zest and garlic, gives the dish a lively finish. The pilaf is an excellent accompaniment to chicken and pork, but would stand on its own with the addition of Parmesan.

Total: 1 hr

Cheddar-Maple Squash

Diabetic Living

In this delightful side dish, a little cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and turkey bacon dress up butternut squash. These also make delightful appetizers.

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