Fall’s quintessential vegetable, roasted acorn squash can do double duty when filled with a hearty mixture of wild rice, pecans, and cranberries. It can stand in as a substantial side, or star at the center of the plate. For pointers on safely splitting open hard squash, check out this video tip. The wild rice mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead; keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. And you can assemble the filling up to 6 hours ahead; just keep it covered in the fridge till you’re ready to stuff.
This recipe was featured as part of our Fall Ingredients photo gallery.