Ditch the Candied Yams For This Grown-Up Side Dish

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be right without something that's candied, but that casserole of sticky yams gets a bit tired year after year. Instead, tempt your guests' taste buds with acorn squash rings that have been slathered with brown sugar and whiskey. The result? Delicious bites of squash with a bit of an edge. The sugar and whiskey heat together, creating a caramelized crunchy glaze. This dish pairs exceptionally well with traditional holiday fixings like gravy, cranberry sauce, and roast turkey.

Candied Acorn Squash Rings

Cook Time30 minutes
YieldServes 4

From Sarah Lipoff, POPSUGAR Food


    • 2 acorn squashes, sliced and deseeded
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons whiskey
    • Salt
    • Pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

    2. Arrange the acorn squash rings in a single layer on the prepped half-sheet pan.

    3. Mix together the olive oil, brown sugar, and whiskey in a small bowl. Evenly distribute half the mixture over the squash rings.

    4. Bake for 15 minutes, and then flip. Distribute the remaining glaze on the squash, and then bake an additional 15 minutes.

    5. Serve while hot.