Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower 
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 squash half)

This impressive yet simple side dish is great for company. And remember: You can eat the skin.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Cut each squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds and membranes. Brush flesh with 2 teaspoons oil; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Turn over (cut sides up); place 1 thyme sprig in each. Bake an additional 17 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Step 3

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 4

Broil squash 2 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 5

Place cranberries in a small bowl; cover with water. Microwave at HIGH 45 seconds; drain.

Step 6

Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons oil and lemon juice. Drizzle the butter mixture over squash. Divide cranberries and pumpkinseeds among squash halves.

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