A Panini Press Thanksgiving…Grilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup

by on November 14, 2011

Grilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup

{I’m making an entire Thanksgiving feast on the panini maker! Here’s Part 3 of the seriesGrilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup.}

When I first started brainstorming ideas for Thanksgiving dishes I could prepare on a panini press, this one was actually the first to pop to mind. It’s the simplest of all the dishes I’m sharing and, arguably, makes the best use of the press. Grilling the acorn squash on the panini press is much faster than roasting – this dish took only 30 minutes, start to finish. Plus, I think the grill marks are actually kind of pretty too (especially with the dark scalloped edges of the acorn squash).

It sounds cliché to say it, but the cranberry-ginger maple syrup really does taste like the holidays. It’s sweet, fruity and gingery all at the same time and works wonderfully with the naturally sweet acorn squash. In the unlikely event that you have syrup left over, someone please try it on some pumpkin pancakes and report back! I have a feeling the combination would be out of this world.

Speaking of those dark scalloped acorn squash edges…the question of whether to eat the peel or not arises. Everything that I’ve read seems to indicate that while it probably isn’t harmful to eat it, many people just choose not to do so. Just cut away the flesh with your fork or go ahead and pick up the slices with your hands and eat ‘em like melon (I won’t judge!).

Grilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup

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1 Esi November 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm

This is beautiful and has some of my favorite fall flavors. Loving your grilled Thanksgiving, Kathy.
Esi´s last blog post ..Membrillo (Quince Paste)

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2 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 15, 2011 at 1:00 am

These look great! I love how you are making a whole Thanksgiving on the panini press.
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Herbs | A Warm Reception

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3 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

I’m really enjoying this series. It’s made me think of my panini press in a whole new way.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog post ..Recipe for whole wheat pizza with pumpkin, black beans and caramelized onions

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4 Carolyn November 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

You are a panini press genius, Kathy!
Carolyn´s last blog post ..Chipotle Seared Tilapia with Homemade Pico De Gallo (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

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5 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

great idea! Looks wonderful
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6 Jeanette November 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

How pretty and festive looking – the grill marks make these look so much more interesting!
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7 Katherine Martinelli November 15, 2011 at 8:18 am

I can definitely say I’ve never thought to make acorn squash – let alone an entire Thanksgiving meal – on the panini press! So creative. This looks delicious.

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8 Lauren November 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

Love this idea! Acorn squash looks so pretty with grill marks!
Lauren´s last blog post ..Warm Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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9 Michael Strahs November 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I liked the dish because it was sweet – it almost tasted like a dessert!

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10 Kristen November 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

This is such a great idea!
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11 Wenderly November 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

My mouth is hanging open. What a clever idea! The grill marks are gorgeous & I’m sure taste fabulous!
Wenderly´s last blog post ..Spicy Butternut Squash Soup served in a Carnival Pumpkin

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