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
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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

(11/06)

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Pumpkin Cheddar Grits

Squash gives extra flavor and Vitamin A to cheese grits.

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Butternut Squash and Tomato Bisque

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

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Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone

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

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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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