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.
A delicious dinner is even more memorable when I start with this creamy soup. It has a bit zip and super squash flavor. I like serving things that disappear like this soup does. I always get empty bowls back.
— Marion Tipton, Phoenix, Arizona
This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen
The golden color, smooth and creamy texture and wonderful taste of this soup make it a welcome addition to a chilly fall day. It has a slightly tangy flavor from the cream cheese, and the sweet cinnamon really comes through. —Jackie Campbell, Stanhope, New Jersey
The beauty of this soup is that you can roast the vegetables separately in the oven while it's simmering away. Then I simply add them in during the last minutes on the stovetop. I love that the roasted vegetables keep their own bright flavors that add to this earthy bowl of warmth. —Gayla Scott, West Jefferson, North Carolina
Crunchy, green hulled pumpkin seeds (better known as pepitas)add a slightly nutty taste to this rich and moist bread. Because of their high oil content, pepitas can spoil quickly. Make sure you store them in the freezer to keep them fresh. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
I adapted a pork and squash stew recipe, using tomatoes and Southwestern-style seasonings. My husband and sons loved it, and the leftovers were even better the next day! Try it with fresh corn muffins. —Molly Newman, Portland, Oregon
With their cheery yellow color and delicious aroma, these appealing buns will brighten your buffet table, according to Bernice Morris of Marshfield, Missouri. "Plus," she details, "I've found this recipe is a great way to use up squash from the garden.—Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri
Rich, earthy root vegetables blend with savory spices and the tartness of apples in this wonderful soup from Barbara Marakowski of Loysville, Pennsylvania. “A friend gave me this low-fat recipe after my husband's cardiac surgery and now, it's our favorite. It gets even better with reheating!”