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Molly Watson

Thanksgiving (T Minus 11): Winter Squash

By November 17, 2013

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Winter squash are a classic component of the Thanksgiving feast. Simple roasted squash with butter and brown sugar is always delicious, as is mashed squash - again, often served with butter and brown sugar or maple syrup, but there are certainly more options when it comes to serving squash on Thanksgiving.

First of all, choose a winter squash. There are tons of varieties out there, from relatively quick-cooking delicata (pictured) to the dauntingly large and heavy-skinned hubbard. Then check out three simple ways to cook winter squash.

One of my favorite ways to start the Thanksgiving meal is with a big pot of Winter Squash Soup (butternut squash works great). I used to serve it at the table as a first course, but now I tend to pass out mugs of it out as people arrive.

Glazed Butternut Squash is a tasty twist on the classic sweet flavors used in cooking Thanksgiving squash. Take the twist a step further by making a mustard seed-laden, cilantro-topped Winter Squash Stir-Fry. Or try this Spiced Butter Winter Squash or a slight twist on a classic dish.

Winter squash also makes an excellent base for a stunning vegetarian main dish. This Mushroom Cream Stuffed Squash is a favorite, although this Wild Rice Squash is great too.

We all know pumpkin belongs in pie on Thanksgiving, but if you want to add to the winter squash dessert options, try this easy Winter Squash Spice Cake (or just make one to have for breakfast the next morning!).

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