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, 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
- 1 large butternut squash
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook the bacon on a skillet. Chop into small pieces. Set the bacon grease aside.
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.
Remove baking sheet from oven.
Place bacon, chopped onion, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup on the baking sheet and use your hands to combine them with the squash.
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.
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!