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These are two very easy sides to make, because your oven does all the work! The hardest thing would probably be cutting up the vegetables! Preparing your veggies with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and then roasting them at 400F gives a nice carmelization to them all. And if your lucky to have a “convection roast” setting on your stove, that’s even better.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, all tossed with Brown Butter and Sage. I saw this combination in a magazine and loved it ever since! I think it was shown with whole pecans, which would be equally delicious!

Brown butter and sage, is simply made by melting some butter on medium heat, tossing in some fresh sage, heat until the white milk solids turn brown, and sage is crispy.

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Acorn Squash

Taking balsamic vinegar and simmering it down until it becomes a dark, sweet rich syrup, and then pouring a generous drizzle over your squash, makes it irresistibly good!!!
Have a great day, and Buon Appetito!!

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  1. WOW! This sweet potato green bean dish looks absolutely delicious. Do you happen to have the actual recipe? I have been searching for something to make for Thanksgiving which is healthy, pretty, and not so heavy like all the tried and true casseroles that are so over done. Also is more like a autumn harvest type dish. Thanks!

  2. Oh MY! That roasted acorn squash is totalyl picture perfect, and I love the idea of redicing the balsamic to a syrup…

  3. I just hopped over here from a blog Marie, and couldn’t stop admiring these autumn dishes! they look amazing, and I think the flavors in there would compliment any main course!

    I’d be glad if you could send this in for my vegetarian thanksgiving recipe event!:) it looks so perfect!

  4. cranberries with roasted vegetables sounds delicious! I’ll have to try that one soon!

  5. Check my post later this week, I made pork chops that I bake in a lot of balsamic. I love the look of the two veggie dishes. The addition of cranberries is new to me, but I can imagine how delicious that must have been!

  6. I am always impressed with your use of your oven.. you must make her proud!! These side dishes look so yummy! I am especially drawn to the squash with the balsamic reduction. I have never bought acorn squash! But I am going to go out and get some just to try this recipe! 🙂

  7. to my best friend, you are truly the greatest cook on earth. And the greatest photographer on earth. Seeing Little Tony and eating you food makes me very emotional. And very proud to have a great family.
    Love always,

  8. I definitely have to try this. I think my boys would love this too. Though only 3 years, they have wonderfully developed culinary taste and can now detect various herbs and seasonings food. Besides – they’re half Italian! — jean

  9. I love roasted veggies, but I have not tried this combo, looks wonderful. You have amazing recipes listed here.

  10. Oh Marie…I love your ‘sides’ as in sides…LOL!! the flavours marry to such perfection & beauty! I love autumn & you just make it better!!!

  11. Yum! Those sweet potatoes with the green beans looks so good! I don’t know where you come up with these combos, but they look so good and they are different than the norm.

  12. Oh. Brown butter and sage. That is pure heaven. I had a great brown butter and sage sauce on raviolis in New York.

  13. Those roasted veggies would make a great side for Thanksgiving!

  14. These would make wonderful sides for Thanksgiving. I like how you used the green beans, definitely prettier than green bean casserole :P.

  15. That balsamic reduction looks like jewels! The colors of your vegetables are so mouth watering- when’s dinner? 🙂

  16. It sounds simple and I’m sure its bursting with flavor. Plus, the color looks excellent.

  17. When one doubts and gets bored with autum produce, Im going to send them over to you to take a look and get inspired.Wonderful

  18. I love both ideas. Roasted veggies are the best!

  19. Hmmm, lovely, I just adore vegetables roasted in the oven like these. I’m going to propose this in the autumn-winter menus of my cooking courses, it looks absolutely great. And the butter-and-sage thing is one of my favourite things on earth, as you have noticed! ;D Big hug!

  20. a perfect side dish… 🙂

  21. Marie, thanks so much for visiting my blog..
    It feels great to be here and you have some lovely stuff cooking here all the time..

  22. Both of those sides look great! I really like the sound of the balsamic reduction and squash combo.

  23. I mean – it all looks sooo good…espeically that balsamic reduction! I did that over chicken – yum!


  24. Mmmm… These are so pretty too. I love the sound of these flavors too. Wow, Marie, you can do no wrong. Bless you!

    xoxox Amy

  25. Juat amazing how you able to dish up such a beautiful and thrilling dish! Just amazing by just looking at them!

  26. Oh Marie these will be gracing our festive tables during the holidays… They look so good I can hardly wait to fix themI love Acorn Squash, Sweet Potaotes and all the other ingredients so it will be gooooood!

    Have a great VOTING day…

  27. THANK YOU! I’ve offered to take over cooking duties from my MIL this thanksgiving and in serious need of some easy-to-make sides. These will definitely fit the bill.

  28. Ah, here I go shamelessly treating your blog like my personal cookbook again! Seriously, it sounds fabulous. Your artichokes are looking pretty good too, but it’s canned or nothing here 🙁

  29. Another great recipe! The roast vegetables could be a main course with some crispy cubed pancetta added maybe. Or even without – you’ve already provided some protein with the nuts. The photos are stunning. Great job.

  30. Looks beautiful! I’ve been looking for some good idea’s for vegetables this time of year and will definitely make these. Thanks!

  31. Fabulous!

  32. Marie, aren’t those just beautiful!!!

    Roasted veggies are my favorite, it really brings out the wonderful flavors the vegetables has to offer. Just Yummy!!

  33. Cathy, Sooo easy!

    Susan, I love those little dried cranberries!

    Cathy, You are a rock star!

    Food Hunter, simple, simple

    Italian Dish, I guess it is pretty healthy if you go light on the butter!

    Pat, I love my convection settings, it took me a while to get use to it though!

    Peter, Yes I still have some in my garden.

    BFG, No I didn’t see that on Lydia, I’m sure it was good though, I think she’s great!

    Thanks Lisa 🙂

    Cook Eat Fret, You’re very welcome!

    Theresa,I love easy too!

    Maryann, Thanks Bud!

    Hi Stace, Yes, you are the roasting queen!

    Thanks Ohio!

  34. If I could have both please that would be great…..

  35. I love roasting winter veggies, those pics are wonderful!

  36. You know how much I love to roast EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! and I love that roasted squash.
    It’s so sticky and good.
    Beautiful photos!

  37. Sage with brown butter…doesn’t that sound great?! Nice photos too, Marie!
    Maryann xox

  38. Marie, these roasted vegetables look so tasty and the oven do all the work. I’m liking that!

  39. two major winners
    love them both
    thanks for the ideas!

  40. These veggie dishes look just beautiful!

  41. Delicious flavors here, Marie. I was playing around with sage this weekend, too.

    The squash with balsamic reduction sounds incredible!

    Did you catch Lydia on Sunday? She fried thin slices of squash and then marinated them in a mixture with lots of garlic — oh, yum! 😉

  42. Sage = fall and it’s one of the few herbs that withstands frost….so we can could with it more!

    Love the squash rings and the balsamico.

  43. I love roasted vegetables and these combinations look wonderful!

    I just got a new stove recently and I keep forgetting to use the convection setting..LOL!
    I roasted some artichokes yesterday and they were to die for! It’s amazing how roasting brings out the flavors in different ways.

  44. Looks incredibly beautiful and incredibly healthy!

  45. Yum! This looks really good and it sounds so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  46. These look AMAZING, Marie! I was just thinking the other day that I need to start focusing on sides a little bit more. I often tend to focus on, say, the pork chops, and then serve them with nothing other than a sad little mound of brown rice or Steamfresh broccoli. My family will love me if I make these one night — I’ll be a rock star! And I’ll give you ALL the credit, don’t worry.

  47. Letting the oven do all the work sounds good to me, Marie. I have made squash with balsamic glaze before, but your first recipe is new to me. I can’t wait to add cranberries to some roasted vegetables now!

  48. Brown butter and sage would be perfect with these wonderful roasted vegetables. This is my favorite kind of recipe. Easy and soooo flavorful.

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