Acorn squash gets a sweet-and-savory treatment when stuffed with sausage, onion, spinach and cranberries to make this pretty autumn entree. Cooking the squash in the microwave makes this quick enough for a busy weeknight.
I can remember my mom making this family-favorite dish for special occasions. But because it requires so few ingredients and comes together quickly, you'll likely make it for everyday dinners, too.—Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan
Of all the delicious Thanksgiving side dishes we tested, this recipe from field editor Ann Marie Moch of Kintyre, North Dakota was the biggest surprise. These flaky, rustic-looking pastry shells hold a sweet and spicy pecan layer under the squash slices.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mary Magner tucks a flavorful sausage mixture into colorful acorn squash halves. Cooking the squash in the microwave means this entree is done in minutes. “I like to use maple-flavored bulk pork sausage,” Mary notes.