Gallery: 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]

Couscous with Crispy Pancetta and Butternut Squash
Couscous with Crispy Pancetta and Butternut Squash

This one-pot dish is a great choice for those busy occasions when there's no extra cookware (or space) to spare. In this colorful side, squash and couscous are seasoned with cumin, with some salty crunch from pancetta.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

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 and Sage Cream Sauce
Butternut Squash and Sage Cream Sauce

Butternut squash, sage, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese makes this sauce rich, sweet, and just a little salty. It's so addictive, we like to sop it up with bread, biscuits, or rolls.

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[Photograph: Butternut Squash and Sage Cream Sauce]

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]