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    12 Traditional Thanksgiving Sides Worthy Of Their Classic Title, And 16 Refreshingly Modern Ones

    Add these scene-stealing side dishes to your list of things to be grateful for.

    No disrespect to turkey, but side dishes are the real stars of any Thanksgiving meal.

    Choosing successful sides for your T-giving feast is no small feat. You have to accommodate lots of different people: picky eaters, foodies, folks with dietary restrictions, kiddos, and everyone in between. 

    Lucky for you, this collection of palate pleasers gives you expert takes on all the classics you know and a few new tricks to impress your guests when Turkey Day rolls around.

    1. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

    Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

    Cauliflower can be transformed into pizza crust, gnocchi, or even "rice," but sometimes you just want to eat this delicious veg in its truest form...with some added cheese, of course!

    Recipe: Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower | Shop This Recipe

    2. Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

    Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

    Is it even Thanksgiving without green bean casserole on the menu? Using fresh green beans instead of canned makes this dish truly unforgettable, and that homemade, mushroomy sauce takes this casserole to the next level.

    Recipe: Ultimate Green Bean Casserole | Shop This Recipe

    3. Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash

    Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash

    Festive, indeed! This celebration of Fall flavors is also hearty enough to act as a main dish for any of the vegetarians in your life.

    Recipe: Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash | Shop This Recipe

    4. Cheesy Pesto Twists

    Cheesy Pesto Twists

    Come on, baby, let's do the twist — and using store-bought puff pastry makes it easier than ever. These pesto twists are the ultimate, crowd-pleasing take on dinner rolls for the big event, but they're also delicious served with cocktails and other apps.

    Recipe: Cheesy Pesto Twists | Shop This Recipe

    5. Brioche Stuffing

    Brioche Stuffing

    Dry stuffing is a problem of Thanksgivings Past with this elevated take on the old standby. It's perfect for customizing and mixing in your fam's fave ingredients.

    Recipe: Brioche Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

    6. Roasted Carrots

    Roasted Carrots

    Let's get to the root (veg) of it: These quick, easy, and delicious carrots are sure to be your new fave.

    Recipe: Roasted Carrots | Shop This Recipe

    7. Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

    Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

    The Thanksgiving side dish staple, perfected. You have full permission to pretend this is your top-secret recipe that's been in the family for years.

    Recipe: Ultimate Mashed Potatoes | Shop This Recipe

    8. Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

    Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

    Put your slow cooker to work for the holidays with this no-fail recipe. The only thing you really *need* to do is, well, knead the dough. After that, your slow cooker will take care of everything for you.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread | Shop This Recipe

    9. Potato Roses

    Potato Roses

    Will you accept this rose? Seriously, with herbs, bacon, and parmesan, this side dish is a real catch.

    Recipe: Potato Roses | Shop This Recipe

    10. Roasted Sweet Potato And Apple Salad

    Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Salad

    Make this, and you'll swear that a salad deserves a spot at the Thanksgiving table every single year. To make this salad vegetarian-friendly, feel free to skip the chicken. As an added bonus, you'll ensure all the poultry limelight goes to the turkey. 

    Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato And Apple Salad | Shop This Recipe

    11. Homemade Dinner Rolls

    This recipe comes with four different options for toppings, so you can choose the flavors you and your family want to roll with this year.

    Recipe: Homemade Dinner Rolls | Shop This Recipe

    12. Sausage And Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Your guests will go nuts for this acorn squash. It's savory, it's sweet, and it's a real palate pleaser.

    Recipe: Sausage And Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash | Shop This Recipe

    13. Wild Rice Casserole

    Wild Rice Casserole

    This classic dish uses store-bought rotisserie chicken, an all-time favorite hack, so you're only responsible for cooking one of the birds at the table.

    Recipe: Wild Rice Casserole | Shop This Recipe

    14. Scalloped Potatoes

    Scalloped Potatoes

    How many different potato dishes should you have on your table? This garlicky, buttery, cheesey dish is proof that you need at least one more. 

    Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes | Shop This Recipe

    15. Pumpkin Mac ‘N’ Cheese

    Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese

    Here's a brilliant idea: Take everyone's favorite side and give it an autumnal twist for a next-level addition to the meal. 

    Recipe: Pumpkin Mac ‘N’ Cheese | Shop This Recipe

    16. Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread

    Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread

    The pull-apart style is perfect for sharing — but you won't really want to do that, will you? 

    Recipe: Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread | Shop This Recipe

    17. Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing

    Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing

    Another take on stuffing that blends sweet and savory flavors. Pro-tip: Don't forget to prep ahead of time, since the recipe calls for day-old bread. 

    Recipe: Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

    18. Pumpkin Curry Soup

    Pumpkin Curry Soup

    Don't forget it's also soup season! The flavor combo of pumpkin and curry is truly something to be thankful for.

    Recipe: Pumpkin Curry Soup | Shop This Recipe

    19. Slow Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks

    Slow-Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks

    This slow-cooker dish makes it even easier to ensure you eat at least *one*  green thing during the holidays. 

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks | Shop This Recipe

    20. Kale And Mushroom Stuffing

    Kale and Mushroom Stuffing

    Oooh, this stuffing feels so fancy that you might even want to call it "dressing" instead.

    Recipe: Kale And Mushroom Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

    21. Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad

    Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad

    Lentils with your roasted vegetables? It's potentially like inviting a new guest to the party — but trust us, this dish will get invited back next year, too. 

    Recipe: Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad | Shop This Recipe

    22. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    Not trying to get too corny here, but this is the dish that holiday memories are made of. 

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn | Shop This Recipe

    23. Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts

    Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts

    Bacon and brussels go together like peanut butter and jelly...with just a little bit more sophistication. 

    Recipe: Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts | Shop This Recipe

    24. Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Pro-tip: Make extra maple balsamic vinaigrette. You're going to want to put it on pretty much everything, even in the days following Thanksgiving.

    Recipe: Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette | Shop This Recipe

    25. Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    The bright, vibrant taste of this dish is obviously the best part, but the second best part is that this recipe only uses one sheet pan — no extra pots, pans, or bowls to clean! 

    Recipe: Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Shop This Recipe

    26. Hasselback Butternut Squash

    Hasselback Butternut Squash

    Your guests will wonder: Did this come from the fancy new vegetarian restaurant in town, or did this stunner come from your kitchen?

    Recipe: Hasselback Butternut Squash | Shop This Recipe 

    27. Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

    Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

    Broccoli and cheese, a combination as classic as pumpkin and pie, should not be skipped.

    Recipe: Cheesy Garlic Broccoli | Shop This Recipe 

    28. Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup

    Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup

    Maple AND bacon AND sweet potato? Yeah, we're going to need to make a soup course at Thanksgiving dinner a permanent tradition. 

    Recipe: Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup | Shop This Recipe

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