100 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving sides
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Looking for the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving feast? Never fear - The Spruce is here! Below we provide a whole host of options to consider for your Thanksgiving menu. From our uber-popular sweet potato casserole and scalloped potatoes to a homemade (no soup) cheddar green bean casserole and make-ahead mashed potatoes, you're sure to find a fabulous side here!

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    The Spruce

    This classic sweet potato casserole is topped with a crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel. This is so good, that you'll need to be prepared to take a bow!

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    Homemade Mashed Potatoes

    The Spruce

    While there are all kinds of ways to make potato dishes, mashed potatoes are almost always found on Thanksgiving menus. Serve them with sliced roasted turkey and gravy for a traditional take on this holiday dinner.

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    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    This homemade green bean casserole is a nice departure from the standard condensed soup version. With sour cream and cheddar cheese as the substitute to condensed soup, you will be left with a very rich casserole that your guests are sure to enjoy.

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    Cheddar Baked Carrots
    Diana Rattray

    This carrot dish is a delicious baked gratin with cheddar cheese and a crumb topping. It's a nice change of pace from sweetened glazed carrots.

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    butternut squash casserole
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    Fresh butternut squash and apples team up in this tasty vegetarian casserole. To make it vegan, use margarine instead of butter.

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    leek gratin with fontina cheese and cream
    Diana Rattray

    If you are looking for a way to create a gratin dish, but don't want to incorporate potatoes, check out this leek gratin recipe with cream and Fontina cheese. Feel free to switch things up and use Gruyere or cheddar cheese in this dish. It's a lovely, creamy gratin - an unexpected treat.

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    Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Stick
    Diana Rattray

    This is a super easy way to prepare sweet potatoes. Use a heavy Dutch oven or cast iron skillet, create an apple cider glaze and then add some toasted pecans to the sweet potatoes just before serving if you'd like.

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    Cheesy corn bake
    Diana Rattray

    This corn casserole is made with cheese, breadcrumbs and eggs. A combination of cream-style and Mexican-style corn are used in this dish.

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    hasselback sweet potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking to switch things up on the potato front, this is a great change of pace from mashed or candied sweet potatoes. Chopped walnuts and maple syrup flavor the unique sliced baked potatoes.

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    Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
    Diana Rattray

    This attractive fall-themed vegetable dish would make a great Thanksgiving side. Another excellent seasonal blend is this roasted Brussels sprouts dish with pears and walnuts.

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    Crock pot scalloped potatoes with cheese

    The Spruce

    Is your oven filled to the max? These slow cooker scalloped potatoes are super easy to fix and cook. Use cheddar or a milder cheese in the dish.

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    Mashed Potatoes with Rutabaga
    Diana Rattray

    Rutabagas add depth of flavor to these mashed potatoes. Nutmeg is added along with butter and some chopped parsley.


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    catalan spinach
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    This Spanish dish is a simple combination of spinach, olive oil, garlic, raisins and pine nuts. The dish is easy and uncomplicated, and yet it still produces a complex flavor, making it seem like you did more. Your guests will never know!

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    spicy green beans
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    Skip the casserole and add some Asian flavor to your Thanksgiving menu with these Chinese green beans. Add extra chile peppers if your family likes hot and spicy food.

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    Instant pot mashed potatoes (pressure cooker mashed potatoes)
    Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot, or electric pressure cooker, is another appliance that will come in handy when the oven and stovetop are full. Just through your ingredients into the pot about 15 minutes before you are ready to eat and voila! They're so quick, you might start making them on the regular!

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    Classic Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This basic macaroni and cheese is a real family-pleaser. With creamy cheddar cheese and a breadcrumb topping, what's not to like?

    For a gluten-free version, feel free to use gluten-free macaroni and omit the ​breadcrumbs. 

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    corn and green bean casserole with sour cream sauce
    Diana Rattray

    This fantastic casserole is attractive and delicious. Buttery crackers provide a crunchy topping.

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    roasted parsnips
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    Roasting intensifies the sweetness in parsnips, and it's such a simple way to cook them. Toss the parsnips with vegetable oil, duck fat, or drippings for amazing flavor.

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    Spicy Fried Okra
    Molly Watson

    If you've always wanted to try okra, but weren't ever sure how to prepare it, now is the time to learn. With this easy-to-follow recipe, learn how to create sautéed okra with a kick. The garlic, chile peppers and cumin will add fabulous flavor.

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    glazed harvard beets
    Diana Rattray

    These nutritious, delicious beets are another great option for your Thanksgiving menu. With a bit of glaze, a sweet and sour mixture and butter, this sweet side dish will be a perfect off-set to the savory main course: turkey

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    savory scalloped potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    These scalloped potatoes are baked with a tasty white sauce seasoned with green onions and a dash of nutmeg.

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    Creamed Kale
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    The texture of the kale in this dish makes it more interesting and more flavorful than the typical creamed spinach. So if you're looking to spruce your normal traditional creamed spinach recipe, we recommend using this one in its stead.

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    broccoli and cauliflower casserole
    Diana Rattray

    A simple white sauce, Parmesan cheese, and buttery breadcrumb topping will transform this fresh cauliflower and broccoli florets into a delicious casserole.

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    Creamed Peas with Mushrooms
    Diana Rattray

    Swap out your boring old peas for this gussied-up version with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Your guests will sure be thankful!

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    Easy Candied Golden Beets
    Diana Rattray

    These easy golden beets are vying for a gold metal as one of your Thanksgiving Day sides. Glazed with a mixture of brown sugar, butter and fruit juice, sweet and savory fans will be cheering "hurray"! 

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    Green Beans With Bacon
    Diana Rattray

    Now, we know that we have a few green bean sides on this list, however these fresh green beans are a delicious option as they are flavored with butter, bacon and simple seasonings. 

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    Easy Asparagus Casserole With Cheddar Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This tasty and versatile casserole is made with a basic seasoned white sauce (a.k.a. béchamel sauce). Add shredded cheese or toasted pecans if you'd like to jazz things up!

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    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower with Leeks
    Diana Rattray

    Buttery sautéed leeks and garlic give this mashed cauliflower a flavor boost. This is an excellent choice for guests who are watching their carbohydrate intake, or are looking for an alternative to the traditional potato dishes.

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    Butternut Squash Kugel
    Miri Rotkovitz

    This dairy-free kugel is flavored with maple syrup and vanilla. It's made with a pecan topping and works as a nice replacement for a sweet potato casserole.

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    Japanese kale kobachi
    Judy Ung

    Despite the exotic name, this is a really simple dish. Sautéed kale is seasoned with mirin (sweet cooking sake), soy sauce and a pinch of sea salt.

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    Brussels Sprouts Gratin
    Diana Rattray

    A rich cheese sauce and buttered breadcrumbs bring out the sweet flavor of the Brussels sprouts in this easy baked dish. Add crumbled bacon to the dish if you'd like to add a bit of crunch and feel free to replace the fontina cheese with cheddar.

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    Crab Stuffed Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    Up your potato side with these elegant stuffed potatoes. Lump crabmeat, garlic, and sour cream team up to make these baked potatoes extraordinary.

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    Simple Glazed Carrots with Honey
    Diana Rattray

    This is a popular holiday side dish. The baby carrots are glazed with a simple mixture of honey, lemon, brown sugar and butter.

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    Diana Rattray

    This German dish is made with cooked kohlrabi (German turnip) in a simple velouté sauce. Renowned for being thrifty and simple, if you're looking for a side dish to be ready in under 30 minutes, this is a winner!

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    Baked Cabbage Gratin
    Diana Rattray

    Cabbage is cooked and seasoned with garlic, a little spicy mustard and a cheddar cheese sauce. The cabbage is baked with a buttered breadcrumb topping.

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    asparagus with walnuts au gratin
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking for a side that provides a bit of extra crunch, this asparagus casserole offers something a little different with the chopped walnuts and cheese sauce.

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    sweet potato gratin
    Diana Rattray

    This is a nice change of pace from the ubiquitous sweet potato casserole. It's made with only 4 ingredients, plus salt and pepper.

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    green beans amandine (with almonds)
    Linda Larsen

    These fresh cooked green beans are flavored with some garlic, butter and lemon juice. Sliced almonds add crunch to the dish.

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    corn gratin
    Diana Rattray

    This corn casserole is comfort food for many people. It's made with a crunchy cracker crumb topping.

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    Cauliflower and Cheese Bake
    Diana Rattray

    This cheesy casserole is another family-pleaser. The cheddar cheese sauce gets some bite from a small amount of Dijon mustard.

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    potato casserole
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    If you love loaded baked potatoes or baked potato soup, you'll love this casserole. Mashed potatoes are combined with cream cheese, sour cream, butter and cheddar cheese. Green onions, bacon and more cheese top it off. Yum!

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    roasted butternut squash
    Diana Rattray

    In this savory dish, cubed butternut squash are roasted with onions and sage. So easy and so delicious!

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    maple sweet potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking for a simple recipe for sweet potatoes, this is a good choice. The sweet potatoes are cooked and mashed with maple sugar, butter and a dash of cinnamon.

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    roasted rutabaga
    Diana Rattray

    Roasting brings out the naturally sweet flavor of the rutabaga, and it is a super easy way to cook the vegetable. 


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    Creamed Peas
    Diana Rattray

    This is an easy way to make creamed peas. The peas are cooked with some sliced onion and then they're combined with white sauce and pimiento.

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    Butter and Lemon Snow Peas
    Diana Rattray

    Pea pods are a simple preparation. Fresh snow peas are briefly boiled and then sautéed with butter and lemon zest. Toasted slivered or sliced almonds make a nice garnish.

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    Scalloped Potatoes With Bacon
    Diana Rattray

    A creamy bacon and onion sauce takes these scalloped potatoes to new heights. 

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    Simple Slow Cooker Carnival Squash
    Diana Rattray

    Nutty carnival squash is cooked with butter in either the slow cooker or oven. If you want to add a bit more depth to the flavor, feel free to add some maple syrup or brown sugar.

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    Broccoli Casserole With Stuffing Crumbs
    Diana Rattray

    Buttery stuffing crumbs are baked atop this easy broccoli casserole.

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    spiced glazed carrots
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    The combination of flavors in the five-spice powder - sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty - add a powerful yet pleasant punch to the sweet glazed carrots.

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    mashed sweet potatoes
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    These yummy mashed sweet potatoes will surely please your vegetarian and vegan guests. Coconut milk, ginger and curry powder add a warm fall-flavor to this mash.

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    creamed spinach
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    There's no labor-intensive sauce in this easy creamed spinach dish. The spinach is simply combined with heavy cream, butter and Parmesan cheese.

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    broccoli gratin
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    This kid-friendly broccoli casserole is made with cheese soup, sour cream and shredded cheese. The topping is made with butter and Ritz cracker crumbs.

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    Mashed turnips

    The Spruce


    These easy cooked turnips are mashed with butter and milk (or cream). Add some potato to give the mash more body.

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    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Apples and butternut squash team up to deliver incredibly decadent fall-flavors in this casserole. Topped with a brown sugar and butter crumb mixture, your guests will surely be asking for the recipe.

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    Corn With Cream Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This is a very easy slow cooker corn recipe made with the addition of cream cheese and butter. The combination makes for a creamy corn side dish your family will love. This is an excellent side dish to serve with pork chops, a pork loin roast or add it to your holiday dinner menu.

    If you're looking for a simple vegetable recipe for the slow cooker, this is an excellent choice.

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    Dave King Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

    This well-seasoned carrot casserole is made with an easy cheese sauce and a breadcrumb topping. Some garlic and chopped onion provide extra flavor.

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    Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    This butternut squash is slow cooked to perfection with apple juice, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

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    Lemon and Garlic Broccoli
    Diana Rattray

    Spice up this simple broccoli with some crushed red pepper flakes, finely chopped red onion or shallots. 

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    Scalloped Asparagus Casserole
    Scalloped Asparagus. Diana Rattray

    A basic white sauce and breadcrumbs make this asparagus casserole special enough for a Thanksgiving dinner menu.

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    maple glazed carrots
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    For a worry-free vegetarian side dish, make these baby carrots with maple syrup and spices.

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    small onions, pearl onions
    MmeEmil/Getty Images

    Use a combination of small white onions and small red onions for an attractive presentation. The cooked onions are served in a Cajun-spiced white sauce.

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    Diana Miller/Getty Images

    Vegetable gratin is such a lovely, versatile dish. It makes a great side dish which works well with many meats and fish dishes, especially turkey for Thanksgiving. The smallest hint of a secret ingredient, poultry seasoning, is nearly undetectable hidden in the cheese and green vegetable mixture, yet gives the dish a special complexity.

    If you are serving this dish for a vegetarian, then leave out the poultry stock. 

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    squash casserole with cheese and breadcrumb topping
     Diana Rattray

    A summer squash casserole is a popular holiday side dish in the South, and there are many ways to prepare it. This version includes cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, an egg and a breadcrumb topping.

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    steamed green beans
     Diana Rattray

    These no-frills green beans can be gussied-up with butter or olive oil and some chopped toasted walnuts or almonds. Lemon juice is another fantastic addition.

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    Meighan Makarchuk/Getty Images

    Beets, lovely beets! This baked beet casserole recipe sweetens them up with a bit of sugar and adds just a touch of spices, so the natural flavors really shine through. Beet casserole is the perfect colorful side dish for your vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving

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    Sweet Potato Casserole
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    This marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole is always a hit. Best part about it is that this casserole can be prepared up to one day in advance, leaving you time to focus on how much turkey one needs for Thanksgiving.

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    vegan potatoes
    Opticopia / Getty Images

    Do you love potatoes au gratin, but need a tasty vegan side dish for this Thanksgiving? Then look no further! This baked potato casserole dish is an ideal option, covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce that has no dairy ingredients. 

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    Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    This cheesy potato casserole is a great choice for your Thanksgiving feast. Feel free to add some ham or bacon to the potato mixture, or use a different cheese or blend of cheeses. Rub a cut clove of garlic over the baking dish for light garlic flavor. 

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    Brussels Spouts with Stewed Tomatoes
    Diana Rattray

    Brussels sprouts team up with tomatoes in this colorful and flavorful dish. (Feel free to use canned or homemade stewed tomatoes). The tomatoes, bell pepper, and seasonings lend to a surprisingly quick preparation - about 30 minutes - and make it an excellent side dish for your holiday meal. 

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    slow cooker mashed potatoes
    Linda Larsen

    Using the slow cooker to make mashed potatoes means you have more room on the stovetop to make the gravy, vegetables and other dishes, like cranberry sauce!

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    Duchess Potatoes
    Rita Maas /Getty Images

    These mashed potatoes are mounded or piped onto baking sheets and then baked to golden brown perfection. A great option is that these mounds of potatoes may be made ahead and frozen.

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    squash souffle
     Diana Rattray

    The cooked summer squash is combined with eggs, shredded cheese and milk, then baked with a buttered breadcrumb topping.

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    Crock pot roasted veggies

    The Spruce

    Root vegetables are slow cooked to perfection in the crockpot. Add as much garlic as you like.

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    Extra-Special Macaroni and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Macaroni 'n' cheese is a popular side dish in the Southern states, and this version is perfect for holiday dinners. Goat cheese and fresh herbs are combined with the cheddar cheese to make this mac 'n' cheese a dish to remember.

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    Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar
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    This is yet another way to cook your potatoes. If you want something a little different, try these delicious baked stuffed potatoes.

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    Brown Sugar Cadied Sweet Potatoes

    The Spruce

    These easy skillet sweet potatoes are glazed with a simple mixture of brown sugar and butter.

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    Classic Baked Corn Pudding

    The Spruce

    This popular corn pudding is an excellent choice for a Thanksgiving menu.

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    pan roasted asparagus
    Molly Watson

    Get the crispy delicious browned bits you find on roasted or grilled asparagus without having to heat up your oven or grill. Pan-roasted asparagus is tasty, quick, and couldn't be easier. A hot pan, a bit of oil, and a tight-fitting lid to keep in the heat and help the asparagus cook evenly are all you need to create this Thanksgiving veg.

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    green beans with breadcrumbs
    Anita Schecter

    Za'atar seasoned breadcrumbs elevate this fabulous green bean dish.

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    Glazed carrots
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    Baby carrots are perfect for this dish, but large carrots may be used as well. All you need is some honey, butter and water. The carrots are cooked in the water and then they're glazed with the honey mixture.

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    Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin With Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This simple version is made with six ingredients: Brussels sprouts, bacon, butter, cream, cheddar cheese and bread crumbs. The stand-out feature is that there's no sauce to make! 

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    roasted vegetables
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    Carrots, red potatoes, onions, zucchini and parsnips are among the ingredients in this easy oven dish. 

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    sweet potato puree
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    The white-fleshed sweet potato is as versatile as the traditional English potatoes. In the Caribbean, sweet potatoes come in a variety and people are always finding different ways to use them. Often, they are substituted for regular potatoes. In this case, you can substitute your traditional mashed potato dish, for this Caribbean sweet potato one!

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    red cabbage
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    Braised red cabbage is attractive and tasty, and it goes particularly well with baked ham. So if your thinking of forgoing the traditional turkey, and cooking a baked ham, this cabbage - flavored with caraway seeds and a splash of vinegar - is a delicious option.

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    Broccoli With Shredded Cheese and Toasted Almonds
    Diana Rattray

    If you want a jazzed-up dish without a heavy sauce, this is an excellent choice. Slivered almonds and cheddar cheese are added to the steamed broccoli.

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    Mexican-Style Corn With Peppers
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    Give your Thanksgiving a little Latin flair with this Mexican-style corn. Bell peppers and seasonings flavor this tasty Mexican-style corn blend. (Feel free to use frozen corn kernels in this recipe, as corn is typically out of season during the fall.)

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    Butter and lemon juice transform endives. Braising them makes the endives become more tender and delicious, adding a depth of flavor your guests will appreciate.

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    Asparagus With Creamed Ham and Hard Cooked Eggs
    Diana Rattray

    Fresh asparagus is lightly sauced with a tasty, creamy sauce. The sauce is seasoned with a little lemon juice and Dijon mustard.  In addition to being a unique Thanksgiving side, this makes a nice brunch dish as well.

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    cheesy green beans
    Diana Rattray

    This is another no-sauce recipe made with cheese, butter, cream and seasonings.

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    turnip greens and ham shanks
    Diana Rattray

    If you want to venture away from the traditional sides like salad and green beans, go for this dish. With ham shank, garlic, greens and cayenne, the fun-flavor profile of this side will be a big hit with your friends and family during Thanksgiving.

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    Creamed Baby Lima Beans
    Diana Rattray

    Cream and simple seasonings transform these simple baby lima beans into something more. Add some fresh or frozen corn for a simple succotash.

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    peas and carrots
    Diana Rattray

    The three ingredients in this side make a simple dish everyone will love. Feel free to add some red bell pepper, corn or broccoli to the mix.

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    Easy Skillet Corn With Bacon and Sour Cream
    Diana Rattray

    Bacon, bell peppers and sour cream add flavor, color and interest to this easy skillet corn dish. 

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    perfectly roasted asparagus
     Diana Rattray

    Put the fresh asparagus in the oven at the last minute for a simple yet delicious side dish.

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    easy scalloped potatoes
    Linda Larsen

    A packaged mix of scalloped potatoes is jazzed up with butter, heavy cream and some Parmesan cheese.

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    smashed red potatoes with garlic
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    Unpeeled red-skinned potatoes add texture and flavor to these garlic mashed potatoes.

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    new potatoes and green beans
    Diana Rattray

    This combination brings two fabulous side vegetables together. The creamy sauce is a snap to make, and the dish is attractive and delicious. Use any baby potatoes or standard red-skinned or round white potatoes, cubed, to make this dish shine.

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    spinach stir fry
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    Garlic, chili paste and sesame oil add flavor to this simple Chinese spinach stir-fry.

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    roasted carrots
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    Roasting brings out the sweetness of the carrots. Optional additions include garlic, herbs, yogurt and spices.