Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Everyone knows that, when it comes to Thanksgiving, the sides make the meal (sorry, turkey!). From sweet corn and creamy winter squash to green bean casserole and hearty, roasted root vegetables — these veggie-packed holiday side dishes are guaranteed to please.

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Charred Creamed Corn

Creamed corn gets a smoky upgrade when you char the corn kernels in a cast iron skillet. The creamy, cheesy side makes a great accompaniment to grilled or deep-fried turkey.

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Barefoot Contessa's Sauteed Carrots

Ina makes a 15-minute side dish sure to please. Sweet carrots go perfectly with a little butter and chopped fresh dill.

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Haricots Verts With Rosemary

These herbed, lemon-scented green beans are delicious at room temperature so they can be made a little ahead.

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Portobello Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Apples and Pumpkin Seeds

This salad makes use of all of your favorite fall ingredients: roasted squash and mushrooms, tart apples and pumpkin seeds.

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Root Vegetable Mash

Make the most of your seasonal produce by mashing celery and parsnip with russet potatoes.

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Baked Acorn Squash

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best — like this acorn squash, mashed with brown sugar, butter, salt and pepper.

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Creamed Spinach Casserole

Frozen chopped spinach makes Trisha’s crowd-pleasing casserole a breeze to prepare.

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Lemon-Maple Squash

Maple syrup and lemon juice add surprising, sweet flavor to roasted butternut squash.

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Alton's Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

A classic made modern and fresh, Alton ditches the traditional cream of mushroom soup and canned green beans, instead using real mushrooms, half-and-half and fresh green beans.

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Root Vegetable Gratin

Inspired by a recipe for parsnip gratin, Valerie’s easy side dish is creamy, cheesy and full of seasonal veggies. She recommends using a mandoline to ensure every piece is evenly sliced.

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Roasted Carrots and Beets with Pecan Pesto

With purple beets, orange carrots and a beautiful green pesto, this easy side dish will be the showstopper of your Thanksgiving table (sorry, turkey).

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Tyler's Green Beans With Caramelized Onions and Almonds

Sweet caramelized onions and crunchy almonds are Tyler's secret ingredients in this standout green bean side dish.

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Anne's Spice-Roasted Cauliflower and Jerusalem Artichokes

Anne Burrell roasts cauliflower and Jerusalem artichokes in cumin and cayenne for an exotic, spicy touch.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs

Molly pan-fries her brussels sprouts until browned and crisp, then tops the dish with a squeeze of lemon, crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

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Ellie's Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots

Ellie Krieger substitutes fat, but not flavor, in her take on this creamy side. A topping of crispy shallots and Parmesan cheese provide a crunch factor as well.

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Ina Garten's Caramelized Butternut Squash

Roasting the squash with brown sugar and butter in the oven creates a toasted, caramelized flavor.

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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

No one can say no to broccoli when it’s nestled in a creamy cheese sauce — and topped with crushed butter crackers!

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Alton's Basic Brussels Sprouts

These are the easiest Brussels sprouts you can make, and can be on the table in only 10 minutes.

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Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

This quick and easy, four-ingredient green bean dish can be on your table in 25 minutes.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Pine Nuts

It's time to see cauliflower in a whole new light. Pairing the florets with dates and pine nuts brings out a welcome natural sweetness.

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Easy Corn Pudding

Bake up a few simple ingredients for a comforting, crowd-pleasing casserole.

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

How do you get Brussels sprouts doubters to try Brussels sprouts? Try mixing them into a cheesy, irresistible casserole.

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Sandra's Haricots Verts With Shaved Parmesan

Sandra Lee's uses a surprising kitchen appliance to make this green bean dish: the microwave. She steams pre-cut French green beans, then coats them in lemony sour cream and tops with freshly shaved Parmesan.

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The Barefoot Contessa's Spinach Gratin

Ina recommends using frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach for an easier-to-assemble gratin that will even have the kids eating their vegetables.

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Giada's Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Giada roasts the veggies of fall by simply tossing them in olive oil and herbs.

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Grandma Moore's Creamed Corn

There are only two ingredients in this recipe: fresh corn and bacon. They come together beautifully as the starchy corn cooks up into a creamy mixture and the bacon on top adds crispy, salty bites of goodness.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts at a high heat creates lots of sweet, caramelized goodness.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette

Marcella Valladolid’s salad combines fruity flavors, rosemary and squash for a fresh way to enjoy a fall side.

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Garlic Green Beans

Toasted garlic and pecans add flavor and crunch to these simple green beans.

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Alton Brown's Creamed Corn Cornbread

For a special Thanksgiving treat pass around Alton's cornbread fresh and warm, straight out of the oven. Or, let the cornbread sit a day or two and use it to make the best cornbread stuffing ever.

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Giada's Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta

Giada adds an Italian twist to Brussels sprouts, cooking them with pancetta.

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Green Bean and Mushroom Salad

Toss crisp-tender green beans and thinly sliced mushrooms with a lemony vinaigrette for a fresh take on that classic Thanksgiving casserole. Top the salad with toasted walnuts for added texture.

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Alton's Broccoli Casserole

The secret to Alton's flavorful broccoli casserole? Ramen noodles, and the seasoning packet.

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Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash

Ina’s five-star recipe is as simple as it is sweet. She incorporates all the flavors of fall by roasting hollowed-out squash with butter and maple syrup.

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The Neelys' Hearty Winter Green Saute

The Neelys' cook leafy greens down with garlic, onion and chicken broth for a flavorful, hearty side.

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Iron Chef Symon's Fried Brussels Sprouts

Iron Chef Michael Symon knows a thing or two about creating new flavors. He gives Brussels sprouts a twist here by pan-frying them with capers and walnuts, then tossing with a honey-serrano vinaigrette.

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The Neelys' Green Beans and Bacon

Toasted pecans and bacon add texture and flavor to the Neelys' take on green beans.

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Glazed Carrots and Turnips

The silky glaze comes together when the carrots and turnips are simmered in water, sugar and butter until it all reduces down.

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Alton's Not Your Mama's Green Bean Casserole

Set aside the canned beans, cream soup and packaged onions this year. Follow Alton's lead to make a fresh green bean casserole, with a homemade mushroom cream sauce topped with crunchy breaded and toasted onions.

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Rachael's Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

After you cook your bacon, add the brussels sprouts to the same pan. All that salty goodness of the bacon drippings will infuse into your veggies and create an incredible flavor.

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Brussels Sprout Gratin

Nutty Gruyere cheese makes the perfect topping for these easy, five-ingredient Brussels sprouts.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Salty, crispy bacon makes everything better, especially these Brussels sprouts served warm as a holiday side dish.

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Aida Mollenkamp's Quick-Braised Greens With Bacon and Sweet Onions

Aida Mollenkamp boils her collard greens in water for just a few minutes before introducing them to the frying pan, ensuring that the sturdy greens come out nice and tender.

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Green Bean Casserole

Add elegance to the classic green bean casserole recipe by tossing beans in a brandy and red wine sauce before topping with crunchy onions.

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Rachael's Easy Orange Scented Green Beans

Follow Rachael's lead to whip up a company-worthy, eight-minute veggie with a flavorful citrus punch.

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Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Trisha’s secret to great green bean casserole? A homemade mushroom cream sauce, which replaces the canned soup that’s typically used.

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