12 Side Dish Recipes That Will Wow Your Guests

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    Side Dish Recipes That Will Wow Your Guests

    Thanksgiving Dinner Table
    Thanksgiving Dinner Table. G. Merrill/Moment/Getty Images

    Most people have a fairly standard Thanksgiving dinner menu featuring the family's favorite dishes, but it's always fun to add something new and a little different each year. Or maybe you're taking a dish along to the in-laws' house or a potluck. These are some sure winners to try. They are the most popular sides with the highest ratings, and they are sure to impress your family and friends.

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    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole. Diana Rattray

    A homemade lightly spiced white sauce turns broccoli and cauliflower combination into a colorful and delicious casserole. Bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make a simple and perfect topping.

    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

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    Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Sweet Potato Casserole
    The Spruce

    This sweet potato casserole is,  by far, the most popular sweet potato recipe in my collection. It's the classic, sweetened mixture of sweet potato filling with a crunchy, buttery pecan topping. This is a tried-and-true side dish your guests will love.

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

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    Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes With Cheese

    Crock pot scalloped potatoes with cheese
    The Spruce

    These scalloped potatoes are especially convenient because you don't have to use a burner or the oven to make them. The dish is a snap to fix, and the slow cooker is portable.  

    If you decide to make mashed potatoes, prepare them in advance and keep them warm in a buttered slow cooker.

    Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

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    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole
    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole. Diana Rattray

     Unlike the ever-popular classic green bean casserole, this version is made with a homemade sour cream sauce and bread crumb topping. Fresh ingredients make it a delicious alternative.

    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

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    Simple Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

    Honey Glazed Carrots
    Honey Glazed Carrots. Diana Rattray

    Butter, honey, brown sugar, and a little lemon bring out the sweetness in these delicious baby carrots. Garnish these easy carrots with chopped parsley or fresh ground black pepper.

    Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

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    Extra Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
    Creamy Macaroni and Cheese. Diana Rattray

    A combination of cheddar and American cheeses with a rich cream sauce make this macaroni and cheese an exceptional dish.  Use croissant crumbs for the buttery bread crumb topping.

    Extra Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

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    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole

    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole
    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole. Diana Rattray

    The sliced apples and the spiced brown sugar crumb topping flavor this butternut squash perfectly, and it is sure to please even the most impassioned squash-haters. 

    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole​

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    Broccoli Salad

    Broccoli Salad With Bacon
    The Spruce

     This broccoli salad has it all. Broccoli florets are tossed with a slightly sweet and tangy mayonnaise dressing, bacon, and raisins. Add some sunflower seeds or chopped pecans or walnuts to add a little crunch.

    Broccoli Salad

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    Creamy Corn Pudding

    Classic Baked Corn Pudding
    The Spruce

     Sweet corn is everyone's favorite, and this creamy casserole is an excellent way to elevate the vegetable. Cream-style and whole kernel corn are combined with a fluffy, lightly sweetened white sauce and egg mixture, and baked to perfection.

    Creamy Corn Pudding

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    Seven-Layer Salad

    Seven Layer Salad
    Layered Salad. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty Images

     This layered salad is perfect for a large family dinner or holiday feast. The layers are perfectly dressed with a sweetened mayonnaise mixture. Serve the salad in a glass bowl for a beautiful presentation.

    Seven-Layer Salad

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    Easy Creamed Peas With Onions

    Creamed Peas
    Creamed Peas. Diana Rattray

    A simple seasoned cream sauce and onions make these peas a holiday-ready dish . Pimientos add a touch of festive color.

    Easy Creamed Peas With Onions