Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

 Thanksgiving,Dinner
October 23, 2012

Shake up your Thanksgiving menu with these clever sides.

Scalloped Sweet and White Potatoes
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
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Side dishes invite improvisation. Unlike the turkey, which bears the burden of being THE entree, sides are varied and plentiful on the holiday table. If you don’t like one, choose another. So this year, wake them up and shake them up. Be daring; be clever. You won’t be snubbing tradition, just improving on it.

Looking for turkey recipes to go with your sides? Try Citrus-Marinated Turkey, Herb Brined Turkey and Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey.

Scalloped Sweet and White Potatoes

Scalloped Sweet and White Potatoes

Can't decide between white potatoes and sweet? Have both in this creamy gratin.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

How can one possibly improve on such a near-perfect food as mashed potatoes? By folding in tangy, earthy goat cheese, of course!

Mashed Thai Red Curry Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Red Curry Sweet Potatoes

Thai red curry paste and canned coconut milk transform a ho-hum sweet potato side dish into something spicy, sublime and new.

Green Bean Salad with Smokehouse Almonds

Green Bean Salad with Smokehouse Almonds

Not your mother’s green beans almondine. These almonds are smoked and dressed in vinaigrette.

Spinach and Mushroom Panade

Spinach and Mushroom Panade

A meatless main dish for brunch, lunch or supper. Or try it in place of traditional stuffing or dressing for your Thanksgiving meal.

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

A zippy, Southwestern-style complement to Thanksgiving turkey and dressing.

Brussels Sprouts Hash

Brussels Sprouts Hash

You’ve steamed them. You’ve roasted them. But have you hashed them? Brussels sprouts, the holiday’s most distinctive veggie, stars in this savory jumble.

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