Slideshow: 10 Winter Squash Sides for Thanksgiving

Balsamic-Glazed Acorn Squash with Shallots and Rosemary
Balsamic-Glazed Acorn Squash with Shallots and Rosemary

Balsamic vinegar is the secret to this acorn squash recipe, lending a sweet-and-sour profile to the dish.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage, Kale, and Sun-dried Tomatoes
Spaghetti Squash with Sausage, Kale, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Once cooked, spaghetti squash naturally comes apart into strands, make it a great substitute for autumnal pasta recipes. Here, it's tossed with sausage, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes for an memorable Thanksgiving side.

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[Photograph:Blake Royer]

Shredded Squash and Herb Fritatta
Shredded Squash and Herb Fritatta

If breakfast for dinner is your favorite, bring on the eggs with this simple squash frittata.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Acorn Squash with Asiago and Sage
Acorn Squash with Asiago and Sage

Get down and dirty with your squash. Slice these guys open and gut 'em. Next, they're painted with a butter and maple syrup mixture and tossed on the grill. Halfway through, introduce some Asiago cheese shavings for a finished dish that's creamy, sweet, and nutty all at once.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Acorn Squash Crostini with Crispy Bacon and Sage
Acorn Squash Crostini with Crispy Bacon and Sage

Puréed acorn squash makes a great spread for crostini. Here, it's topped with crispy sage and bacon bits, for thoroughly seasonal Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvre.

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[Photograph: Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen]

Roasted Squash with Rajas, Cumin, and Crema
Roasted Squash with Rajas, Cumin, and Crema

This Mexican-inspired preparation combines cubes of roasted pumpkin with aromatic cumin seeds, roasted poblanos, and a drizzle of crèma that delivers its buttermilky tang to each bite.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Butternut Squash Baked Risotto
Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Squash-rich risotto can serve two purposes: as a side for the table, and as a stuffing for the turkey.

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[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Baked Kale-Stuffed Delicata Squash
Baked Kale-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Delicate squash is stuffed with a filling of apples, raisins, and kale. A final coating of breadcrumbs, cheese, and butter develops a golden crust for some serious crunch. Bonus—this is meatless dish promises to satisfy any vegetarian appetites at the dinner table.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]