Sweet and Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash is a quick and easy, super flavorful side dish for Thanksgiving or any day!
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Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I can’t believe it either. I’m still not over the summer being over. Well, the good news is, Thanksgiving means GREAT food, and I’ve got a confession.
I’m not really a big fan of turkey. I know, I know. Turkey gets a bad rap because people often overcook it, or cook it wrong. But still, give me a chicken over a turkey any day and I’m a happy camper.
But the rest of the Thanksgiving food? Oh, I’m all over it. Stuffing and gravy and pies…what’s not to love? Oh, and let’s not forget ALL THE SIDES. I mean, who even needs turkey if the sides are good enough, amiright? Well good news my friends: I’ve got the BEST new side dish recipe for Thanksgiving and ger ready because you’re going to NEED to try this: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Acorn Squash.
You. Are. Going. To. Love. This. Recipe!
The secret ingredient? Domino® Golden Sugar. This new product from Domino® is truly the best of both worlds. It measures cup for cup like granulated (white) sugar, but it has a hint of molasses flavor. And the best part? Domino® Golden Sugar is less processed than white sugar! Domino® Golden Sugar is certified kosher by the O-K. It is available in select stores and through Amazon.
As soon as I tasted Golden Sugar, I knew I wanted to make something other than baked goods with it, and I knew immediately that winter squash would be a PERFECT fit! And boy was I right. The molasses notes in the golden sugar are so perfect with the spice of the sriracha and the heartiness of the acorn squash. I feel like I need to warn you though…this recipe is so addictive, you will likely need to double it!
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- 2 large acorn squash
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup Domino® Golden Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Sriracha or Hot Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- Wash acorn squash well. Cut in half along the length, then cut each half into half-ring slices, about ¼ inch each. Line acorn squash slices up in a single layer on prepared baking sheets; set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Brush a generous layer of sauce over each of the acorn squash slices, then flip and brush the other side as well.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, until cooked through. Turn oven to broil. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the tops start to caramelize.
- Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash is best enjoyed fresh, but can be prepared a day or two ahead of time, if necessary. For best results, serve at room temperature instead of reheating.
Question: Can I eat the skin of the acorn squash?
Answer: Yes, you can! That’s why I specify in the recipe to wash it really well. The skin makes for a nice contrast to the flesh of the squash, as it gets nice and crispy!
More Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas:
Spicy Baked Curly Carrot Fries
Butternut Squash and Apple Latkes
Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad
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