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29 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Make Turkey Irrelevant

Let's focus on what really matters.

1. Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Fennel

If you use Jiffy instead of making your own cornbread, your secret will be safe with me. Get the recipe.

2. Parmesan-Crusted Butternut Squash Galette

There's no reason to wait until after dinner for pie. Get the recipe.

3. Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette

A beautiful mess of cauliflower, squash, beans, Brussels, pomegranate seeds over a pile of arugula. Get the recipe.

4. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

These will be the runaway hit of your Friendsgiving feast. Get the recipe.

5. Thyme Roasted Parsnips & Apples

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Parsnips will probably always be underrated, but this might help their image problem a little. Get the recipe.

6. Collard Green Gratin

Everyone knows that greens are happiest when smothered in cheese and bread crumbs. Get the recipe.

7. Challah-Apple Stuffing

Perfect if you're feeling nostalgic about Thanksgivukkah. Get the recipe.

8. Yam Pudding with Bacon & Cinnamon Streusel

There's just something about officially calling it a PUDDING instead of a casserole that's Very Exciting. Get the recipe.

9. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

The more stuff you can make without using the stove or oven, the less crazy you'll feel. Get the recipe.

10. Rye, Kale, Mushroom & Pumpkin Seed Stuffing

This one makes an awesome vegetarian option if you use veggie stock instead of chicken. Get the recipe.

11. Potato & Celery Root Gratin with Leeks

A great use for the creepy, knobbly celeriac you got in your CSA last week. Get the recipe.

12. Shredded Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad

Fresh and healthy, but sweet enough to get your attention. Get the recipe.

13. Mashed Root Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette

Adding bacon: it never hurts. Get the recipe.

14. Roasted Broccoli with Pickled Shallots and Peanuts

It's a broccoli party, and you're invited!!! Get the recipe.

15. Pretzel Parker House Rolls

These little guys look so cozy in there it's almost a shame to break up the family. Get the recipe.

16. Green Beans with Cremini Mushroom Sauce

The classy, from-scratch version of your favorite dump-and-mix casserole. Get the recipe.

17. Pretzel And Bacon Stuffing

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Turning soft pretzels into stuffing (with bacon and mustard and beer!) is the kind of ingenuity this world needs more of. Get the recipe.

18. Brussels Sprouts & Hazelnut Gratin

Basically what would happen if you made mac 'n' cheese with Brussels instead of pasta. Get the recipe.

19. Whipped Potatoes with Horseradish

Sassier than your average mash. Get the recipe.

20. Creamed Spinach & Parsnips

Sounds like punishment, tastes like victory. Get the recipe.

21. Northern Spy's Kale Salad

With cheddar, almonds, and delightful little chunks of roasted squash. Get the recipe.

22. Chipotle-Roasted Baby Carrots

If you find some pretty multicolored carrots at the farmers' market, this is a lovely thing to do with them. Get the recipe.

23. Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout & Apple Stuffing

It's kind of like every side in one. Modern convenience! Get the recipe.

24. Heavenly Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls

Would make a stellar gravy sponge. Get the recipe.

25. Roasted Cauliflower with Olives & Herbs

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So sophisticated. Get the recipe.

26. Baked Acorn Squash with Chestnuts, Apples & Leeks

This would also make a great main course for vegetarians. Get the recipe.

27. Simple Pumpkin Soup with Sesame & Garlic Kale Topping

Just because it's traditional doesn't mean it has to be boring. Get the recipe.

28. Creamless Creamed Corn with Mushrooms And Lemon

Pureeing part of the corn makes a creamy, dairy-free sauce. Get the recipe.

29. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Everything you know you want. Get the recipe.

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