Bacon and Butternut Squash Casserole

The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish

I wanted to make some unique side dishes for Thanksgiving this year in addition to well-loved favorites like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing. Traditional foods are great but sometimes in is nice to switch up the holiday menu.

Our butternut squash harvest from the garden was abundant this year so I decided to make a fun recipe that made use of it. Butternut squash is a staple side dish that I make often in the fall season but I have never made it for Thanksgiving dinner.

Bacon and Butternut Squash casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Plus it's dairy free, gluten free, and paleo friendly.

Bacon, maple syrup, cinnamon combine with butternut squash and really intensify its rich flavor. The crisp, caramelized edges of the butternut squash make this dish irresistible. There is no way you can go wrong when bacon and maple syrup are in the recipe!

Trust me when I tell you that this Bacon Butternut Squash side dish is amazing and will quickly become a new holiday favorite. You will probably love it so much that it will make it’s way onto your regular meal rotation.

Bacon and Butternut Squash casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Plus it's dairy free, gluten free, and paleo friendly.

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Bacon and Butternut Squash Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook the bacon on a skillet. Chop into small pieces. Set the bacon grease aside.
  3. Peel the butternut squash and chop into half inch cubes. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and coat with bacon grease. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove baking sheet from oven.
  5. Place bacon, chopped onion, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup on the baking sheet and use your hands to combine them with the squash.
  6. Place baking sheet back in oven and cook for an additional 20 minutes. The squash should be golden and have a caramelized appearance.

Adapted from this recipe by Paleo Running Mama.

Bacon and Butternut Squash casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Plus it's dairy free, gluten free, and paleo friendly.

I have been trialing this dish for the last few weeks to perfect it before Thanksgiving. Everyone in my family loves it! My husband, who has never been a fan of squash, has gone so far to say that it is his new favorite food.

This dish is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving celebration!

Bacon and Butternut Squash casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly too!

22 Comments

  • Jena Leigh | Naughty Kitchen
    Posted November 8, 2018 11:11 am 0Likes

    This is a great idea for a side dish! I think my fam would like alot of bacon though! =)

    • Hannah Bayn
      Posted November 9, 2018 8:48 am 0Likes

      Thank you! You could add as much bacon as you want!

  • Megan
    Posted November 8, 2018 12:01 pm 0Likes

    I’m definitely going to try this! Sometimes I feel like squash can be so bland – such a great idea to add bacon!! Everything’s better with bacon!

  • Charlotte
    Posted November 8, 2018 3:11 pm 0Likes

    This looks delicious. I love butternut squash. Will definitely keep a note of this. Thanks

    • Hannah Bayn
      Posted November 9, 2018 8:49 am 0Likes

      I love it too! It’s my favorite winter squash by far.

  • Supermompicks
    Posted November 8, 2018 4:16 pm 0Likes

    Anything bacon is yummy but getting your veggies in too is awesome!

  • Denay DeGuzman
    Posted November 8, 2018 6:03 pm 0Likes

    What a beautiful comforting bacon-and-butternut-squash casserole! It’s the perfect recipe for the season.

  • Anna Hettick
    Posted November 8, 2018 9:36 pm 0Likes

    Oh my goodness! This looks super delicious!! I love sweet potatoes!

  • Luci
    Posted November 9, 2018 12:41 am 0Likes

    You had me at bacon. I’ll have to make this for our Harvest feast.

    • Hannah Bayn
      Posted November 9, 2018 8:52 am 0Likes

      I’m excited to serve it at our family gathering as well!

  • Julie
    Posted November 9, 2018 8:23 am 0Likes

    Yum! The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.

  • Kasey Ma
    Posted November 9, 2018 10:35 am 0Likes

    Oh wow this looks fantastic! I love butternut squash and, of course, bacon haha. My boyfriend would love this too.

    Kasey Ma
    thestylewright.com

  • Melanie Delude
    Posted November 9, 2018 12:35 pm 0Likes

    This is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, sounds delicious!

  • Renee | The Good Hearted Woman
    Posted November 9, 2018 6:37 pm 0Likes

    Bacon and butternut is such a great combo! We make a dish similar to this, and it’s so satisfying on a winter night!

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