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Thanksgiving: It’s All About the Sides

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Turkey may be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, but for many of us, it’s all about the sides: stuffing, potatoes, and more. This year, we put a spin on the traditional holiday menu with new, creative dishes that showcase fall veggies at their finest — perfect for the year’s most special meal.

 

Kale Salad with Quinoa, Pistachios and Pomegranate SeedsKale Salad with Quinoa, Pistachios and Pomegranate Seeds
Tuscan kale is abundant at farmers’ markets in the fall and winter, making this pretty salad studded with bright red pomegranate seeds the perfect side dish for a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Bonus: you can prep and dress it ahead of time.
Mushrooms with Shallots and SherryMushrooms with Shallots and Sherry
Mushrooms and sherry are a classic combo in Spain, where chefs know that a good sherry brings out the best in woodsy mushrooms. This simple saute is a wonderful way to showcase wild mushrooms.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots and CurrantsShaved Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots and Currants
With a little advance preparation, this dish comes together quickly at the last minute—a boon for those throwing a dinner party or preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. With bitter, earthy brussels sprouts, sweet shallots and bright currants, it has a little bit of everything.
Honey-Roasted Spiced CarrotsHoney-Roasted Spiced Carrots
These lightly spiced and glazed carrots are a fun twist on traditional roasted carrots, but they are subtle enough not to overwhelm the other side dishes on the Thanksgiving table. Another plus? They are also delicious at room temperature.
Cauliflower Steaks with Brown Butter, Capers and ParsleyCauliflower Steaks with Brown Butter, Capers and Parsley
Here, cauliflower is roasted at high heat until tender and slightly caramelized. Cut into thick slabs, the vegetable makes a hearty side dish to accompany a Thanksgiving turkey or other roast meats, or you can serve it as a light vegetarian entrée with along with a hearty salad.
Wild Rice Pilaf with Dried Cherries, Apricots and Butternut SquashWild Rice Pilaf with Dried Cherries, Apricots and Butternut Squash
This pretty pilaf is festive enough for a celebratory meal and gets its hearty texture from chewy, nutty-tasting wild rice. If you like, you can substitute raisins for the dried cherries and omit the apricots.
Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and PepitasJalapeño Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Pepitas
Use our Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing mix to assemble this slightly spicy Southwestern-inspired stuffing in a snap. It will bring some welcome heat to the holiday meal.
Herbed Potato GratinHerbed Potato Gratin
Thinly sliced potatoes soak up heavy cream perfumed with garlic and fresh herbs in this decadent gratin, a luxurious accompaniment to a Thanksgiving turkey or any sort of roasted meat. It’s a delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.
Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and ParmesanRoasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan
If you’ve only eaten broccoli that has been boiled or steamed, then you’re in for a treat with this dish. Roasting the broccoli at high heat brings out its sweet side and preserves all of the flavor of this nutrient-dense vegetable.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Bacon Streusel and MarshmallowsTwice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Bacon Streusel and Marshmallows
For many, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are a nostalgic Thanksgiving favorite. In this recipe the traditional dish gets a new twist with and fun new topping in the form of mini-marshmallows that are lightly browned using a kitchen torch.
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Recipe Roundup: Sweet Potatoes

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Whether they’re roasted simply or baked into a classic casserole, sweet potatoes are a must on many Thanksgiving tables. Try these creative and inspired recipes, from salads and sides to a showstopping cheesecake dessert.

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans and Green OnionsRoasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans and Green Onions
This colorful roasted root vegetable salad is delicious alongside roasted meats. The dense sweet potatoes stand up well to hearty kale and crunchy nuts.
Sweet Potato Puree with Marshmallow and PecansSweet Potato Puree with Marshmallow and Pecans
This play on the traditional holiday dishes with brown sugar, pie spices, butter, toasted pecans and a homemade marshmallow topping comes from Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of Memphis’s Hog & Hominy. The dish stays on their menu all winter long.
Sweet Potato MashSweet Potato Mash
Melted butter seasoned with fresh sage, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and brown sugar give a flavor boost to these mashed sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the maple-pecan topping for a sweet crunch.
Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Marshmallow MeringueSweet Potato Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue
Vibrant orange yams create a stunning contrast to the dramatic, sweet marshmallow meringue topping in this showstopping dessert. You can bake the cheesecake a day in advance, then refrigerate until ready to add the meringue.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chiles and Herbed Yogurt SauceRoasted Sweet Potatoes with Chiles and Herbed Yogurt Sauce
Looking for something lighter and healthier than your usual Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, which are typically sweetened with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows? Try this simple dish, which gets a kick of heat from Calabrian chiles.
Sweet Potato Soufflé with Spiced Pecan ToppingSweet Potato Soufflé with Spiced Pecan Topping

The warmly spiced crunch of the pecan streusel contrasts nicely with the smooth and naturally sweet soufflé. Bonus: it’s an easy dish to make ahead.

 

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Bacon Streusel and MarshmallowsTwice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Bacon Streusel and Marshmallows

For many, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are a nostalgic Thanksgiving favorite. In this recipe the traditional dish gets a new twist with and fun new topping in the form of mini-marshmallows that are lightly browned using a kitchen torch.

 

Sweet Potato and Cranberry HashSweet Potato and Cranberry Hash
Diced and combined with green onions, cranberries and a touch of spice, sweet potatoes make a savory-sweet hash that is delicious served with poultry, pork or game.
Sweet Potato and Leek CustardSweet Potato and Leek Custard
Singing Brook, a hard sheep’s milk cheese made at Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm, lends a wonderful contrast to the sweet potatoes and garlic in this dish. If you like, substitute pecorino romano instead.
Sweet Potato Gratin with PecansSweet Potato Gratin with Pecans
This gratin will be welcome on the Thanksgiving table, but you can also serve it as part of a breakfast buffet, alongside eggs and bacon.
Roasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry TomatoesRoasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
This medley of roasted vegetables transitions between the seasons with summer’s last tomatoes and autumn’s first root vegetables and firm squashes. If you’ve never combined maple syrup and olive oil before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise
Sweet Potato Puree with Caramelized MarshmallowSweet Potato Puree with Caramelized Marshmallow
This recipe from James Tracey of Craft in New York City takes an old favorite in a sophisticated new direction with homemade marshmallow meringue. Whipped to stiff peaks, the sugary meringue turns golden brown as it bakes in the oven atop silky, nutmeg-scented sweet pot