11 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Steal the Spotlight

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A lotta work goes into cooking a stellar bird, like, say, our Miso and Herb Rubbed Applewood Smoked Heritage Turkey.┬áBut we have a confession: We really have goo-goo eyes for Thanksgiving side dishes. These NOURISHing sides may be supporting players, but they’ll steal the spotlight from Mr. Turkey. And that should make you feel just fine about helping yourself to seconds.

Wild Rice Salad with Pistachios and Golden Raisins


This colorful side dish has so much going for it, starting with make-ahead prep (it’s actually better made ahead). Featuring wild rice and cranberries, it’s chock-full of all-American flavors.

“Sans Pan” Cider Gravy


Another do-ahead component, this bright, nutty gravy is awesome spooned over the bird, the mashed ‘taters and more.

Green Beans with Frizzled Shallots


This is our NOURISHing answer on traditional green bean casserole and a must-have among any Thanksgiving side dishes. It’s made with just six fresh, whole ingredients.

Susie’s Breadcrumb Stuffing


Make this stuffing a day or two ahead, spoon it into a baking dish, cover and refrigerate. Then on T-Day, spoon some pan drippings from the turkey over the stuffing and pop it into the oven to bake while the bird rests.

Sweet Potato Puree with Honey and Crispy Shallots


No Thanksgiving side dishes are complete with the sweet potatoes. Traditional sweet potato casserole grows up this marshmallow-free puree sweetened with just a touch of honey.

Grandma Friese’s Whole Cranberries


In our world, cranberry sauce does not come from a can. Our six-ingredient version uses fresh, seasonal cranberries paired with port wine for a boozy kick.

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Wheat Berries and Blue Cheese


This hearty cool-weather salad works as a side dish — and as a vegetarian-friendly holiday main dish.

Sweet Potato-Kale Bread Pudding


Baked in a muffin tin or casserole, this is another side dish hefty enough to satisfy vegetarians at the table.

Celery Root, Potato and Apple Mash


Celery root (celeriac) and apple elevate our 5-star take on mashed potatoes to a new level. Make extra so you’ll have leftovers to make Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Bacon


Thinly slicing the sprouts, which you can do a day ahead, helps them cook up nice and fast in this five-ingredient side dish.

Braised Kale Trio


Your Thanksgiving spread needs some green, and this simple side dish delivers big flavor with just a handful of ingredients. And it’s awesome smothered in our “Sans Pan” Cider Gravy.