Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Let’s face it: Turkey Day isn’t really about the turkey. More often than not, Thanksgiving side dishes steal the show. We’re certainly not complaining, because we’ve got collection of side dishes for Thanksgiving that are so tasty we’d be eating them all year long if we could. Take our cheddar and jalapeno stuffing, which manages to be fluffy, cheesy, and spicy all at once—in other words, the essence of comfort food. With our roasted Brussels sprouts and grapes recipe, the sprouts are cooked until they’re golden and crispy and the grapes burst and caramelize, adding up to a bright, eye-catching presentation that would be the star of any holiday table. Besides that, we’ve got a slew of ideas for mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and every type of salad imaginable. The best part? Most of the recipes have only about six ingredients, and can usually be prepped up to one day ahead.

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Cheesy Hasselback Yams

There’s more to hasselback potatoes than just impressive-looking slices. Unlike a traditional baked potato, which is the same consistency through and through, each slice of a hasselback yam achieves crispy edges and a smooth, soft interior. Even more exciting is the way flavor seeps into the entire potato—in this case, every bite is infused with butter and fresh herbs. A generous handful of grated cheese (we like a blend of Gruyere and Parmesan) melts in between each slice, ensuring the entire yam is filled with salty, cheesy goodness. To easily slice a hasselback, set the yam between two wooden chopsticks; they will stop the knife from cutting all the way through.

Thanksgiving Carrot Recipes

Roasted, shredded, glazed, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we’ve got an archive full of enticing Thanksgiving carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with cumin require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with a pile of crunchy pine nuts and sweet-tart orange slices, and you have a sophisticated side dish that’s delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more traditional route? Play up carrots’ natural sweetness with a light brown sugar glaze, balanced out by crunchy, nutty pecans and a bright pop of fresh rosemary.

Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts Recipes

From caramelized sprouts tossed with crispy kale and briny capers to hearty grain salads studded with shredded sprouts and ruby red pomegranate seeds, our archives are full of a colorful array of Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts recipes that are guaranteed to brings some freshness to your holiday table. Sticking to the traditional route this year? Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a classic flavor combination that never gets old, and our version adds a welcome note of color and sweetness by stirring in some golden raisins. Or maybe you're feeling more adventurous? Red grapes, roasted until they are soft and jammy, are a gorgeous companion for tart, crunchy sprouts and a lovely way to work another classic fall ingredient into your menu. Short on time? Remember: if you have a food processor, the shredding disk can help you prep a feast's worth of sprouts in minutes.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Kale With Crispy Capers

Say goodbye to sad, limp greens. A quick sauté of Brussels sprouts and baby kale keeps the veggies bright and fresh, and cooking them on the stove will save you oven space on Thanksgiving Day. Prepping for the big meal in advance? Slice the Brussels sprouts, onion, and long red pepper (if you can’t find one, substitute a Serrano) a few days prior, and refrigerate in airtight containers. If you have a food processor, take advantage of its slicing blade—it makes quick work of the sprouts. And don’t skip the capers—frying them in olive oil makes them deliciously crisp, and adds a briny flavor to the final dish.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

Can’t contemplate Thanksgiving without a green bean side dish to cozy up to your turkey and stuffing? Our archives are full of tasty Thanksgiving green bean recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients without requiring a ton of time. Of course, a classic green bean casserole—baked with creamy mushrooms and crowned with crunchy onions—is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes you want to aim a little higher than the stuff from the can. Our version swaps out the supermarket soup mix for an easy sauce of fresh mushrooms that tastes every bit as decadent and comes together in a flash. Or maybe you feel like breaking out of your holiday rut? Try tossing blanched beans with crunchy roasted nuts and tangy dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness, or stirring together a salad of tender beans, crunchy fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy feta cheese.

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Creamy Corn Pudding

Falling somewhere between a custard and spoon bread, there’s no simpler Thanksgiving side than this corn pudding. You’ll sauté some onions, combine the remaining ingredients in a blender, puree, and bake. It’s one of the lowest stress side-dishes you can serve and, since you can make it up to a day ahead, makes a fine addition to any holiday spread. We like it alongside turkey and gravy but it’s also great served room temperature at a summer potluck. Use frozen corn during the cold months and your freshest farm stand kernels in the summer.

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