Easy Thanksgiving Sides

 Thanksgiving,Holidays,Recipes,Special Occasions
November 21, 2011

Quick and easy but still smashing, these off-the-beaten-path Thanksgiving side dishes are doable and delicious.

Pumpkin Cheddar Grits
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Big meal, little time—it’s Thanksgiving again. And as we all know, the big meal is really about the sides. Here we feature side dishes that are doable, don’t require a kitchen redesign and won’t take you the entire month or culinary classes to prepare.

They can be done with just one oven, and a lot of them can be made ahead. They won’t scare the kids or the adults expecting a traditional spread. Butternut squash and tomatoes meld their flavors in a creamy bisque, roasted beets and walnuts star in a pungent salad, mascarpone and celery root spruce up mashed potatoes, and broccoli rabe provides a nice bitter contrast to its rich surroundings.

—By Crescent Dragonwagon



Pumpkin Cheddar Grits

Squash gives extra flavor and Vitamin A to cheese grits.


Butternut Squash and Tomato Bisque

This broth-based bisque is rich enough to not require cream.


Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone

Serve these outrageously rich mashed potatoes to guests or on holidays.


Walnut Beet Salad

Boiling vinegar draws the sweetness out of raisins for a wildly flavorful vinaigrette that makes this salad shine.

Garlic-Braised Broccoli Rabe

The bright, astringent flavor of this broccoli cousin makes it the quintessential greens-lover's greens.


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