Keep this holiday appetizer in your back pocket! Sliced and roasted golden acorn squash is a healthier version of crostini with colors that are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas (especially with a pomegranate + thyme combination). You’ll win the potluck with this one—promise!

Prep Time: 35 minutes | Makes 12 servings


  • 2 small golden acorn squash, halved, deseeded, and sliced into 2-inch squares
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 ounces part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Honey, to drizzle
  • Fresh thyme, to garnish
  • Pepper and sea salt, to garnish


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, toss squash squares in olive oil and salt. Spread in a single layer skin side up and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. Then flip squash to ensure an even roast and continue cooking until fork-tender. Remove from the oven and slightly cool on the baking sheet.

Spread a tablespoon or so of fluffy ricotta over each squash slice and plate them on a serving dish. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the tops. Drizzle with honey, fresh thyme sprigs, black pepper, and flaky salt. Serve at room temperature

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