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12 Traditional Thanksgiving Sides Worthy Of Their Classic Title, And 16 Refreshingly Modern Ones

Add these scene-stealing side dishes to your list of things to be grateful for.

No disrespect to turkey, but side dishes are the real stars of any Thanksgiving meal.

Choosing successful sides for your T-giving feast is no small feat. You have to accommodate lots of different people: picky eaters, foodies, folks with dietary restrictions, kiddos, and everyone in between. 

Lucky for you, this collection of palate pleasers gives you expert takes on all the classics you know and a few new tricks to impress your guests when Turkey Day rolls around.

1. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower can be transformed into pizza crust, gnocchi, or even "rice," but sometimes you just want to eat this delicious veg in its truest form...with some added cheese, of course!

Recipe: Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower | Shop This Recipe

2. Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

Is it even Thanksgiving without green bean casserole on the menu? Using fresh green beans instead of canned makes this dish truly unforgettable, and that homemade, mushroomy sauce takes this casserole to the next level.

Recipe: Ultimate Green Bean Casserole | Shop This Recipe

3. Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash

Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash

Festive, indeed! This celebration of Fall flavors is also hearty enough to act as a main dish for any of the vegetarians in your life.

Recipe: Festive Stuffed Butternut Squash | Shop This Recipe

4. Cheesy Pesto Twists

Cheesy Pesto Twists

Come on, baby, let's do the twist — and using store-bought puff pastry makes it easier than ever. These pesto twists are the ultimate, crowd-pleasing take on dinner rolls for the big event, but they're also delicious served with cocktails and other apps.

Recipe: Cheesy Pesto Twists | Shop This Recipe

5. Brioche Stuffing

Brioche Stuffing

Dry stuffing is a problem of Thanksgivings Past with this elevated take on the old standby. It's perfect for customizing and mixing in your fam's fave ingredients.

Recipe: Brioche Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

6. Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

Let's get to the root (veg) of it: These quick, easy, and delicious carrots are sure to be your new fave.

Recipe: Roasted Carrots | Shop This Recipe

7. Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

The Thanksgiving side dish staple, perfected. You have full permission to pretend this is your top-secret recipe that's been in the family for years.

Recipe: Ultimate Mashed Potatoes | Shop This Recipe

8. Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread

Put your slow cooker to work for the holidays with this no-fail recipe. The only thing you really *need* to do is, well, knead the dough. After that, your slow cooker will take care of everything for you.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Rosemary Bread | Shop This Recipe

9. Potato Roses

Potato Roses

Will you accept this rose? Seriously, with herbs, bacon, and parmesan, this side dish is a real catch.

Recipe: Potato Roses | Shop This Recipe

10. Roasted Sweet Potato And Apple Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Salad

Make this, and you'll swear that a salad deserves a spot at the Thanksgiving table every single year. To make this salad vegetarian-friendly, feel free to skip the chicken. As an added bonus, you'll ensure all the poultry limelight goes to the turkey. 

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato And Apple Salad | Shop This Recipe

11. Homemade Dinner Rolls

This recipe comes with four different options for toppings, so you can choose the flavors you and your family want to roll with this year.

Recipe: Homemade Dinner Rolls | Shop This Recipe

12. Sausage And Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Your guests will go nuts for this acorn squash. It's savory, it's sweet, and it's a real palate pleaser.

Recipe: Sausage And Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash | Shop This Recipe

13. Wild Rice Casserole

Wild Rice Casserole

This classic dish uses store-bought rotisserie chicken, an all-time favorite hack, so you're only responsible for cooking one of the birds at the table.

Recipe: Wild Rice Casserole | Shop This Recipe

14. Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

How many different potato dishes should you have on your table? This garlicky, buttery, cheesey dish is proof that you need at least one more. 

Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes | Shop This Recipe

15. Pumpkin Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Here's a brilliant idea: Take everyone's favorite side and give it an autumnal twist for a next-level addition to the meal. 

Recipe: Pumpkin Mac ‘N’ Cheese | Shop This Recipe

16. Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread

Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread

The pull-apart style is perfect for sharing — but you won't really want to do that, will you? 

Recipe: Butternut Squash Sage Pull-Apart Bread | Shop This Recipe

17. Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing

Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing

Another take on stuffing that blends sweet and savory flavors. Pro-tip: Don't forget to prep ahead of time, since the recipe calls for day-old bread. 

Recipe: Maple Hazelnut Squash And Sausage Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

18. Pumpkin Curry Soup

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Don't forget it's also soup season! The flavor combo of pumpkin and curry is truly something to be thankful for.

Recipe: Pumpkin Curry Soup | Shop This Recipe

19. Slow Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks

Slow-Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks

This slow-cooker dish makes it even easier to ensure you eat at least *one*  green thing during the holidays. 

Recipe: Slow Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks | Shop This Recipe

20. Kale And Mushroom Stuffing

Kale and Mushroom Stuffing

Oooh, this stuffing feels so fancy that you might even want to call it "dressing" instead.

Recipe: Kale And Mushroom Stuffing | Shop This Recipe

21. Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad

Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad

Lentils with your roasted vegetables? It's potentially like inviting a new guest to the party — but trust us, this dish will get invited back next year, too. 

Recipe: Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad | Shop This Recipe

22. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Not trying to get too corny here, but this is the dish that holiday memories are made of. 

Recipe: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn | Shop This Recipe

23. Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts

Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts

Bacon and brussels go together like peanut butter and jelly...with just a little bit more sophistication. 

Recipe: Smoked Bacon Lardon And Walnut Brussels Sprouts | Shop This Recipe

24. Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pro-tip: Make extra maple balsamic vinaigrette. You're going to want to put it on pretty much everything, even in the days following Thanksgiving.

Recipe: Roasted Veggie Salad With Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette | Shop This Recipe

25. Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The bright, vibrant taste of this dish is obviously the best part, but the second best part is that this recipe only uses one sheet pan — no extra pots, pans, or bowls to clean! 

Recipe: Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Shop This Recipe

26. Hasselback Butternut Squash

Hasselback Butternut Squash

Your guests will wonder: Did this come from the fancy new vegetarian restaurant in town, or did this stunner come from your kitchen?

Recipe: Hasselback Butternut Squash | Shop This Recipe 

27. Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

Broccoli and cheese, a combination as classic as pumpkin and pie, should not be skipped.

Recipe: Cheesy Garlic Broccoli | Shop This Recipe 

28. Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup

Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup

Maple AND bacon AND sweet potato? Yeah, we're going to need to make a soup course at Thanksgiving dinner a permanent tradition. 

Recipe: Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Soup | Shop This Recipe

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