This hearty recipe is a simple and flavorful way to help add nutritious veggies to your meal. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, who couldn’t use another crowd-pleasing side dish for their holiday spread? 

Servings: 8-10


  • 2 large acorn squash, 1 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cups butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 black pepper bacon slices
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and then line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter, brown sugar and salt, and coat the squash evenly with the mixture. Then arrange the squash on baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, turn the squash over, and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.

Step 2: Meanwhile, sauté the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Carefully drain the grease drippings, but reserve at least 1 tablespoon in the skillet.

Step 3: Cook the rosemary in hot drippings for about one minute. Stir in the syrup and vinegar and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until reduced by almost half. Arrange the squash on a serving platter and drizzle with the warm maple glaze mixture.

Step 4: Crumble the reserved bacon over the squash and sprinkle with any additional rosemary leaves and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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