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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cooking your world-famous mashed potatoes begins by boiling them correctly. Make sure you don't miss a step with this quick video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pancetta adds a bacon-like twist to our extra-creamy mashed potato recipe. Add Gouda or mozzarella cheese for smooth, melty flavor.
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.
A splash of pomegranate molasses gives this spicy squash a sweet side. For pretty presentation, top the squash with fresh parsley and pomegranate seeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forget your old roasted mushroom recipe. Give this fresh no-cook salad a try and we guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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.
Thanksgiving Side Dish Tip: Look for verjuice at your local specialty grocery store or from an online seller.
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.
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.
A crunchy topping, a bit of heat, and a secret ingredient upgrade ho-hum broccoli.
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.
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.
What makes these fluffy biscuits special? They feature our favorite fall spice duo -- cinnamon and nutmeg.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
These wow-worthy spuds can be partially prepared before the big day. Cut potatoes as directed, then store in water up to 24 hours.
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.
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.
Bake (or microwave) spaghetti squash and you're on your way to Thanksgiving side dish perfection.
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.
These make-ahead fritters need just a quick warmup the day of Thanksgiving. Roasting the veggies first ensures they are full of rich flavor.