Top Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Spice up Thanksgiving traditions by adding new twists to classic Thanksgiving side dishes. The indispensable Thanksgiving recipes are all here -- including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing -- but each dish features an unexpected and delicious spin.

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    Spicy Green Bean Casserole

    Fresh string beans meet jalapeno peppers, minced garlic, and onion in this flavorful casserole. Chicken broth and cream balance out the spice, while a thick layer of bread crumbs adds a light crunch. 

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    Mashed Red Potatoes with Feta and Kale

    With bits of crumbled bacon and crushed red pepper, these kale-filled cheesy mashed potatoes give your Thanksgiving dinner a flavorful upgrade. Balance the zesty flavors with extra spoonfuls of sour cream and butter for your creamiest mashed potatoes yet.

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    Gluten-Free Harvest Rice Stuffing

    The walnut and cranberry pork is the uncontested highlight of this dish. Butternut squash, green apples, and cranberries are simmered together for a light sweetness that offsets the meat, while parsley and sage tie the mouthwatering flavors together.

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    With its rich, sweet taste and crunchy crumb topping, this casserole combines six pounds of sweet potatoes for your new favorite side dish. Fresh cranberries sprinkled atop the lightly golden casserole gives creamy potatoes an extra sweetness.

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    How to Boil Sweet Potatoes

    Cooking your world-famous mashed potatoes begins by boiling them correctly. Make sure you don't miss a step with this quick video.

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    Salt-Roasted Beets with Tehina Sauce

    For a twist on your classic beet dish, this tahini sauce provides a delicious, nutty infusion. Top the roasted beets with mint leaves to balance the beet's earthiness while adding an extra hint of freshness.

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    Grilled Broccoli and Orzo

    This healthy (and delicious) dish takes only 35 minutes from start to finish. Grill seasoned broccoli until crisp, then layer with garlic-orange orzo. Toss crunchy pine nuts and fresh Parmesan cheese on top to finish off this side dish.

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    Sage-Embossed Fingerling Potatoes

    Fresh sage adds a sweet and savory flavor to your potato bites. Lightly coat fingerling potatoes with olive oil and hickory smoked salt, then press a sage leaf against the potato. They'll be a light golden-brown after just 15 minutes.

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    Green Beans with Shallots, Thyme, and Shiitake Mushrooms

    Sauteed mushrooms and seasoned shallots make this green bean dish a savory side perfect for any holiday dinner. Don't have shallots? Substitute garlic in this 100-calories-per-serving dish.

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    Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

    Fresh chives and garlic add a savory taste to these smooth and creamy potatos. Our homemade recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish, making your mashed potato side dish something you don't need to stress over.

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    Creamy Corn Casserole

    The secret to this perfectly crunchy and creamy casserole? Mix cream-coated corn with crushed saltine crackers. The best flavor comes from the fried chopped sage and roasted sweet peppers, so add liberally.

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    Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta

    Pancetta adds a bacon-like twist to our extra-creamy mashed potato recipe. Add Gouda or mozzarella cheese for smooth, melty flavor.

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    Glazed Onion Foil Pack

    To trap the flavor into your veggies, cook them in foil. These sweet, carmelized onions pair perfectly with stuffing or potatoes, and they only take 15 minutes of prep time.

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    Twice-Baked Pesto Mashed Potatoes

    Cheesy twice-baked potatoes are back and better than ever! We've added savory pesto -- mix it in or drizzle it on top for garlicky basil flavor.

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    Ancho Pomegranate Caramelized Acorn Squash

    A splash of pomegranate molasses gives this spicy squash a sweet side. For pretty presentation, top the squash with fresh parsley and pomegranate seeds.

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    Blue Cheese-Garlic Potatoes

    What could be better than mashed potatoes, you ask? How about our tangy, spicy twist on the classic Thanksgiving recipe, which features creamy blue cheese and smoky red pepper flakes. Crushed garlic adds a savory spin to this new holiday favorite.

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    Blistered Green Beans

    Roast your green beans in a super hot oven this Thanksgiving season -- the elevated temperature will leave them perfectly charred and smoky. Balance the depth of their flavor with a smattering of pistachios and fresh orange zest.

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    Savory Collard Greens

    This recipe will teach you how to love collard greens (really!). Instead of bacon, we're using pancetta as a crispy topping -- no mushy forkfuls here. 

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    Caramelized Onion and Capocollo Rye Stuffing

    Sweet caramelized onions contrast salty chopped capocollo in this unusual stuffing recipe. When that salty-sweet combo teams up with the subtle bite of rye bread and amber beer, you get a rich layered flavor that's worth ditching tradition.

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    5 Secrets for Fluffy (Not Soggy!) Stuffing

    Getting the perfect texture in your stuffing recipe can feel like a guessing game. Use our easy tips for fluffy, perfectly moist stuffing every time.

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    Lemon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Turn your top-notch Thanksgiving mashed potatoes into a showstopping side dish with just a sprinkle of bold flavors, such as capers, lemon peel, and fresh parsley. The potatoes are cooked with garlic before mashing for an even more intense layer of flavor.

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    Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apple

    Crisp-tender Brussels sprouts, sweet apple slices, and toasted walnuts? Your Thanksgiving table won't know what hit it! We took this standard vegetable side dish a step further with in-season ingredients and trendy veggies to make a wow-worthy Thanksgiving side.

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    Medley of Roasted Root Vegetables

    Roasting is one of the easiest ways to draw out the natural sweetness of root vegetables. Make the most of your faves (we love beets, carrots, potatoes, and turnips) with a simple herbed olive oil dressing.

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    Flash-Braised Vegetable Medley

    Perfectly cooked veggies are as easy as getting ingredients in the pan. Melt butter in a large skillet, toss in veggies, add wine, finish with chicken broth, and serve with lemon wedges.

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    Chimichurri-Tossed Mushrooms with Hazelnuts

    Forget your old roasted mushroom recipe. Give this fresh no-cook salad a try and we guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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    Creamy Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

    Our rich and creamy rosemary mashed potatoes come with an unexpected secret: white chocolate! The mild addition melts into the potatoes, adding a subtle sweetness and an oh-so-luscious texture.

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    Chardonnay-Glazed Carrots

    Verjuice, an acidic juice made from unripe grapes, adds a fresh twist to this classic Thanksgiving side dish. It gives a sweet-tart flavor similar to but less sharp than vinegar.

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    Double-Corn Corn Bread Stuffing

    Try our take on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. With both hearty corn bread and off-the-cob kernels, the holiday side offers twice as much feel-good flavor. Red onion, baby spinach, and crushed red pepper help balance corn's cozy-sweet flavor.

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    Browned Butter Fennel Gratin

    This Thanksgiving, indulge in a rich and creamy gratin. Sweet onion and fennel bake with luscious brown butter and Gruyere cheese until golden and bubbly.

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    Side Dish Upgrade: Broccoli

    A crunchy topping, a bit of heat, and a secret ingredient upgrade ho-hum broccoli.

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    Cranberry and Pear Conserve

    Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with this sweet fruit preserve. As a side, its tart fruit flavor balances out a rich Thanksgiving menu. Have leftovers? Spoon a little into a homemade vinaigrette for a sweet salad.

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    Garlic Rosemary Dressing

    There are two standouts in this garlicky stuffing. First, a combo of rustic white and whole wheat bread gives it tons of texture. Second, fresh colorful cranberries cut through the richness.

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    Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits

    What makes these fluffy biscuits special? They feature our favorite fall spice duo -- cinnamon and nutmeg.

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    Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta, and Walnuts

    Your guests will love beets when they're featured alongside our crispy green bean and crumbly feta pairing. The earthy combination is an excellent alternative to traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, such as green bean casserole.

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    Roasted Squash in 5 Easy Steps

    With its nutty flavor and gorgeous color, squash makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu -- and no one has to know how easy it is to make. Follow our video to find out!

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    Cheesy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

    What could make mashed potatoes better? Plenty of sour cream and sharp cheddar. An effortless slow cooker method doesn't hurt.

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    Brown Butter and Sausage Quick Bread

    Bites of Italian sausage and sage-infused browned butter make this savory quick bread a unique and hearty Thanksgiving side. A hint of lemon zest and a handful of golden raisins keep the flavor fresh and light.

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    Candied Orange Sweet Potatoes

    Thinly sliced oranges are the key to freshening up this classic Thanksgiving side. The bright citrus flavor keeps the combination of sweet potatoes, sugar, and vanilla from tasting too sweet.

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    Wine-Poached Beets

    Deepen the already sweet quality of beets with a touch of brown sugar. Poach the beets in dry red wine to balance the caramelized flavor.

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    Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Breadcrumbs

    These wow-worthy spuds can be partially prepared before the big day. Cut potatoes as directed, then store in water up to 24 hours. 

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    Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad

    You're looking at one of our Thanksgiving day secret weapons. Make it ahead and chill, then turn your attention to roasting that turkey.

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    Challah Stuffing with Fennel and Dried Fruit

    Fans of sweet stuffing will fawn over this fruit-filled recipe. A bounty of dried apricots, figs, cherries, and plums tastes so rich alongside chunks of challah bread and crispy chopped walnuts.

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    Cranberry-Orange Spread

    Jazz up your holiday spread with our healthy orange-berry pairing. Get a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C from fresh cranberries and orange juice. This delightfully light recipe has only 50 calories per serving.

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    Arugula Pesto with Spaghetti Squash

    A recipe for that perennial low-carb dieter at the table. Skinnytaste.com shares an easy (and delicious) spaghetti squash with arugula pesto.

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    How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

    Bake (or microwave) spaghetti squash and you're on your way to Thanksgiving side dish perfection.

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    Tart Cherry Cranberry Relish

    The perfect recipe for those who want to mix up their relish game. We've added fresh rosemary, white wine, and tart cherries for the win.

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    Sweet Potato Cauliflower Fritters

    These make-ahead fritters need just a quick warmup the day of Thanksgiving. Roasting the veggies first ensures they are full of rich flavor.

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