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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes: Our Favorite Sides

on November 21, 2013

Our Favorite Sidekicks

Turkey may be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but we think it's fair to say that sides really make the meal. Ranging from classic to comfort to unexpected, the following assure a well-balanced—and at Thanksgiving, extra-hearty—meal.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

Classic Bread Stuffing

Allow your turkey to strut its stuff(ing) in this dressing studded with dried cranberries. While only a few cups will actually fit in the bird, the rest can be baked on its own in a casserole dish.

Get the Recipe: Classic Bread Stuffing

High Cotton Food Styling and Photography

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Apples and Walnuts

Boasting varying textures of barley, apples and walnuts, this super-stuffed side is full of flavor and an absolute beauty with its tender acorn squash bowls.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Apples and Walnuts

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds

Brighten and liven up your salad choice this holiday with seasonal pumpkin. Add bacon and the pumpkin's own shell-less seeds (pepitas) for a savory crunch.

Get the Recipe: Warm Pumpkin Salad with Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds

Rachel Willen

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

This creamy green bean classic features a hearty helping of mushrooms and is covered with thin, crunchy onions. We are complete advocates of crisping your own onions too—it's not incredibly time consuming or difficult and is completely worth the extra effort.

Get the Recipe: Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Mark Boughton

Roasted Vegetables

On a buffet decked out in decadence, it's good to have a basic, no-frills side option to balance your guests' plates out. We suggest going the roasted vegetables route.

Get the Recipe: Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Rachel Willen

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Fresh cranberries, ginger, curry powder, and Chinese five-spice mix and meld perfectly with Pinot Noir in this surprisingly spicy rendition of traditional cranberry sauce.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

As we give thanks for all things this season, it's only appropriate we recognize the king of comfort food—macaroni and cheese. This melty variation features four fantastic cheeses and goes quite well with traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Get the Recipe: Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Soft Rolls

These easy-to-make rolls are pillowy soft on the inside and flaky on the outside. Serve with a healthy slab of butter and have a large basket readily available for mopping plates of gravy and excess cranberry sauce.

Get the Recipe: Soft Rolls

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Brussel Sprouts

In recent years we've seen a resurgence of the once scoffed and dismissed Brussel sprout—and we couldn't be happier about it. Best served simply, sauté sprouts in butter and garlic and serve with fresh parmesan.

Get the Recipe: Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan

Quentin Bacon

Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

This lighter variation on sweet potato casserole features a fluffy meringue topping and weighs in at about 1/3 of the calories. If you haven't made meringue before, do not fear, with an electric mixer it's a relatively quick process.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

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