Acorn squash has a sweet, nutty flavor that matches well with sweet, savory, and spicy ingredients. It's always a favorite at the Thanksgiving table and makes an excellent side dish for weeknight dinners on cooler days. Whether you like its simple caramelized flavors when baked, grilled, or roasted, want to dig into hearty stuffed squash bowls, or prefer it pureed into soups, enjoy these acorn squash recipes all through fall and winter.
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Save room in your oven at holiday time by preparing this tasty acorn squash side dish on the grill. The squash halves cook slowly over indirect heat, taking on fantastic sweet and smoky flavor as they absorb the simply delicious butter and brown sugar glaze. A sprinkle of nutmeg enhances the natural nuttiness of the squash, and an easy topping of chopped walnuts adds the perfect crunch to every bite.
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If you are expecting vegetarians at your Thanksgiving dinner, this gorgeous baked stuffed squash is a creative entree option. It looks plenty impressive, but is actually quite simple to prepare. Your guests are sure to appreciate its stunning autumn flavors of apple and celery, and the addition of boxed vegan cornbread stuffing mix takes it over the top. Serve on its own or topped with vegetarian gravy.
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Delight Thanksgiving guests with this enticingly crunchy acorn squash stuffing. With fantastic texture, and a tasty Middle Eastern flavor profile from slivered almonds, za'atar, and plenty of fresh herbs, it is guaranteed to be gobbled up quickly, whether you bake it inside the bird, in a casserole dish, or in cute little hollowed-out squash bowls.
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You'll want to serve this scrumptious maple-glazed squash topped with asiago cheese and parsley as a side dish for every single supper this autumn. The caramelized squash slices make an ideal complement to roasted meats, baked chicken, and even vegetarian lasagna. Perhaps the best thing about it is, though, is that once it's on the grill, you can pretty much ignore it until you're ready to eat.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Using the smoker to roast acorn squash takes this humble vegetable to a whole new level of flavor. A simple butter and brown sugar glaze intensifies and caramelizes the squash, while cozy fall baking spices enhance its natural sweetness. Serve this dish as a tasty accompaniment to roasted chicken or grilled steak. You can also scoop out and add the smoked squash flesh to winter soups and stews for an extra wallop of earthy flavor.
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Add this quinoa-stuffed acorn squash with fresh parsley, raisins and pecans to your Thanksgiving dinner menu to delight any guest on the invite list. It's incredibly easy to prepare and packs plenty of healthy protein from quinoa, with a pleasantly nutty and cheesy flavor from pecans and nutritional yeast. It's also gluten-free, if you use a gluten-free vegetable stock (or water) to boil the grains.
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Soy milks brings the creaminess in this wholesome soup that would make a tasty first course at vegetarian holiday dinners. Adding just a little cumin and nutmeg give this pureed soup amazing flavor. Use homemade vegetable stock (or a low-sodium prepared version), and feel free to omit the garlic if it's not your favorite.
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Loaded up with savory, browned ground beef, acidic tomatoes, and vibrant bell pepper, with a sprinkle of cinnamon to heighten all the flavors, this baked stuffed squash is a surefire dinner winner. If you prefer a different protein over ground beef, you can customize this dish by swapping in sausage, chicken, or even shrimp.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Everyone will enjoy this vegetarian stuffed squash that needs only six ingredients, and makes a satisfying autumn meal. It's filled with hearty canned baked beans and barbecue sauce, for an easy and healthy dinner idea that won't leave you hungry. To cut back even further on ingredients, use a maple-flavored bottled BBQ sauce, and omit the called-for syrup.
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Stuffing tender, oven-baked squash halves with healthy, whole-grain barley and veggies, then baking again to mingle all the flavors, yields a vegetarian dish to remember. This holiday-worthy dish is a real looker, and super nutritious, too. Add some dried cranberries to the vegetarian filling, if you like, for extra chewy texture, and a pretty pop of color on the plate.