10 Easy and Delicious Fall Side Dishes

Baked Maple and Brown Sugar Butternut Squash

The Spruce

 

Fall is all about hearty, flavorful seasonal vegetables and warming spices. From saucy mushrooms and creamy casseroles to roasted root veggies and sweet squash, these easy, yet impressive side dishes will help make autumn dinners and celebrations extra delicious. Whether you're looking for something to go with a weeknight chicken dinner or celebration-worthy accompaniment to a holiday main, don't be surprised if you find yourself turning to these recipes again and again.

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    Cauliflower Gratin

    Cauliflower Gratin

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    A traditional French gratin calls for covering vegetables in a white sauce, then browning the entire casserole under the grill. Potato is typically used, but those looking for a spin should try this elegant recipe featuring the more nutrition-packed cauliflower. A classic bechamel sauce is used, jazzed up for the season with just a little bit of fresh thyme.

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    Easy Roasted Carrots With Parsnips and Herbs

    Easy Roasted Carrots With Parsnips and Herbs

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    Oven roasting brings out the sweetness of root vegetables in this incredibly easy recipe that comes together in about 45 minutes. Wonderfully homey and comforting, you can serve the roasted carrots and parsnips as an accompaniment to any roasted meats, from a simple weeknight chicken to showstopping Thanksgiving turkey.

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    Candied Yams With Marshmallows

    Candied Yams With Marshmallows

    Diana Rattray

     

    Candied sweet potatoes or yams with marshmallows are an American holiday tradition. This classic side dish flavored with brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger is traditional to serve with ham and will fill your kitchen with warming autumn aromas.

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    Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Cranberries

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Cranberries

    Diana Rattray

     

    Here's a seasonal Brussels sprouts dish with flavors that will please the whole family. Roasted vegetables drizzled with olive oil are tossed with dried cranberries and pecans to form a nutritious and tasty side dish you could serve for the holidays or any time this fall.

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    Vegan Green Bean Casserole

    Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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    Green bean casserole is a traditional Southern dish that's always welcome at the fall dinner table and is especially popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This healthier spin tweaks the classic preparation to make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly by removing any traces of dairy. It still gets the creamy texture we know and love, thanks to a sauce made from vegetable broth and vegan margarine. Of course, it's finished with the crunchy fried onion topping!

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    Baked Maple and Brown Sugar Butternut Squash

    Baked Maple and Brown Sugar Butternut Squash

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    This vibrant vegetable side has a wonderfully sweet and rich flavor, thanks to the butternut squash roasting in the oven with a glaze made from brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It's kid-friendly and makes a great side dish at holiday meals and family dinners, served with ham, sausages, or just about any meat of your choice.

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    Vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings

    Vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings

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    Pumpkin is the quintessential fall ingredient. This fun and unusual recipe makes the most of the autumn squash's flavor and smooth texture when cooked down and pureed. You can easily use canned pumpkin as a shortcut if you're in a time crunch. Serve these cute little pan-fried dumplings as a unique side dish or appetizer at Halloween or even as a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree.

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    Maple Dijon Glazed Root Vegetables

    Maple Dijon Glazed Root Vegetables

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    Roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips make a simple, yet satisfying side and this recipe takes the fall root veggies up a notch with a wonderful glaze. The sweetness of maple syrup adds a wonderful depth of flavor, balanced out by a hit of Dijon mustard and garlic powder.

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    Braised Cabbage and Onions

    Braised cabbage

    Molly Watson

     

    Fall flavors come together beautifully in this flavorful plate of braised cabbage and onions. Serve the classic side with ham, corned beef, or pork for a traditional presentation and use leftovers to enliven sandwiches the next day. Pro tip: Using a kitchen mandoline (don't forget the hand guard!) or food processor makes it easier to slice the cabbage thinly.

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    Mushrooms Bordelaise

    Mushrooms Bordelaise

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    Hearty and rustic, this classic recipe for mushrooms Bordelaise is exactly what you need for a traditional steak dinner. The earthy, rich mushrooms help enhance the savory flavors of any roasted beef and it's great mixed into mashed potatoes on your plate, too. Add a glass of red wine for the ultimate restaurant-worthy meal.