100 Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

From green bean casserole and roasted veggies to mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, these crowd-pleasing holiday sides are sure to be the star of any Thanksgiving meal.

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Make this crowd-pleasing holiday favorite the classic way: with buttery mashed sweet potatoes and a crunchy pecan topping.

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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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Crispiest Ever Potatoes

Somewhere between oven-roasted potatoes and crispy hash, these little creamer potatoes are boiled in water with baking soda before being smashed. The alkaline in the baking soda helps the skins crisp up quickly. Smashing increases their surface area and contact with the pan. The result is the crunchiest-ever crust.

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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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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Tyler relies purely on honey for sweetness when it comes to his simple roasted sweet potatoes.

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Parker House Rolls

Bobby takes on this All-American, pillowy, yeasty flavorful dinner roll — the ultimate Thanksgiving breadbasket addition.

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Green Bean Casserole

Bacon and grated cheddar give Ree's traditional casserole a decadent upgrade that's ideal for a celebration.

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

Meet your new favorite one-pan side dish for Thanksgiving and beyond, thanks to the perfect, melt-in-your-mouth texture and overall ease of this sweet potato creation. Simply brown thick slices in a skillet with butter, then finish in the oven to create a syrupy glaze flavored with maple and thyme. Top with toasty marshmallows for a nod to the holiday classic.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

For an added layer of flavor and extra-smooth consistency, Ree incorporates soft cream cheese into the mashed potatoes before baking them.

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Collard Greens

Before the kale craze, there were collard greens, a go-to veggie in American Black households. The process of cleaning and prepping the greens is key for making them deliciously tender and tasty. Cut the leaves from the tough center rib before slicing—the thinner, the better. Collards are traditionally cooked with smoked meat like ham hocks or turkey wings, adding an extra dimension of flavor to the bitter greens.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Take all the flavors of a classic sweet potato casserole and cross them with the elegance of a hasselback potato; you'll have one showstopping holiday side dish.

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Tyler Florence's Mashed Potatoes

The ultimate creamy concoction, Tyler's mashed potatoes pair perfectly with homemade turkey gravy.

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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

This rich and decadent baked pasta is a Southern Black staple for holidays and special occasions. Steering away from the standard stovetop mac, this version includes three kinds of cheese and bakes up like a casserole with a crispy, golden top. The addition of eggs makes it similar to a cheesy, savory custard. Warning: this is not diet food!

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Upside-Down Butternut Squash Tart

Our favorite fall vegetable takes the place of traditional apples in this gorgeous tarte tatin that has savory accents of fresh herbs and Parmesan.

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Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ina uses pancetta and balsamic vinegar for subtly sweet flavor in her roasted Brussels sprouts recipe, transforming a basic side into a sophisticated, indulgent treat.  

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Scalloped Potato Gratin

You can't go wrong with these creamy, classic scalloped potatoes.

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Creamed Corn

Traditional creamed corn gets its luscious richness not from cream or milk, but from the milky juice of the corn kernels and cob. Here, frozen corn steps in during the off-season and holiday months. It's simmered until tender, partially pureed and then thickened with a slurry of flour and water. You'll be surprised at the velvety soft texture and we'll be surprised if this isn't your new go-to creamed corn recipe.

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Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Don't miss out on the perfect cranberry sauce recipe, with just a bit of citrus zest to bring out the flavor.

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Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

This casserole combines all the irresistible features of a loaded spud, but it is cooked and served family style for an extra-hearty side.

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Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Even meat eaters will want a piece of these impressive, high-fiber veggies. The Dijon mustard concentrates in flavor as it roasts, resulting in a powerful punch of umami. Prep and brush your cauliflower ahead of time, then let them sit at room temperature until you're ready to cook.

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Crispy Potato Stacks

Despite its elegance, this delicious side dish is simple and quick to prepare. With its crispy edges, herby butter and easy portioning, this will surely become your new autumn staple.

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Triple-Cheese Spirals

Traditional mac and cheese gets a makeover with spiral pasta and a crunchy panko topping.

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Air Fryer Green Beans with Gremolata and Toasted Almonds

Get crispy, blistered green beans with very little oil, thanks to your air fryer! We added a simple gremolata topping of fragrant lemon zest, chopped parsley and garlic that's easy to make while the vegetables are cooking.

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Creamed Corn Cornbread

Alton says a piping-hot cast-iron skillet is a must to make this creamed corn cornbread. Serve right out of the skillet for a rustic presentation or invert onto a platter.

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Sweet Potato Poutine

Sweet potato casserole gets a tricky makeover. What looks like a plate of poutine (french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds), is actually a familiar sweet trio: sweet potatoes, brown sugar and toasted marshmallows.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potato Bundt

When you layer creamy and cheesy spuds in a Bundt pan, you get impressive potatoes no one can resist.

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Ina's roasted butternut squash is hardly a recipe; it's more a method, one applicable to all fall root vegetables. All you need is some oil, salt, pepper and a hot oven.

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These super creamy mashed potatoes could not be any easier — no dicing and no draining. Make the potatoes earlier in the day, then just set them on the warm setting in your Instant Pot so they are nice and hot when you're ready to sit down.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

Giada's surprisingly easy homemade gnocchi is an irresistible Italian twist on the classic sweet potato side dish.

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Biscuits

The holidays are the perfect time to splurge on these homemade buttermilk biscuits. Ree bakes hers in a cast-iron skillet and brushes the tops with melted butter for a golden-brown effect.

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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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Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese

For his Throwdown take on this comfort food classic, Bobby adds sweet roasted garlic and spoonfuls of rich, creamy mascarpone cheese.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Rachael whips up her pasta in just 20 minutes. Two kinds of cheese, sharp cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus a touch of nutmeg will make this side dish a holiday staple.

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Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash

This impressive autumn-inspired dish can be served as a main course for vegan and vegetarian eaters, or it can be enjoyed by everyone at the table as a side dish. The small amount of curry powder gives the squash a nice warmth and depth.

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Dump-and-Bake Corn Casserole

This Thanksgiving side dish couldn't be easier. Part cornbread, part corn pudding, it is moist and decadent. Perfect for when you're hosting, but also travels well for when you're bringing a dish as a guest.

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Five Thanksgiving Sides in One Sheet Pan

All of turkey's favorite sidekicks are baked in one sheet pan. The result is minimal prep and very little cleanup — perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering!

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Stuffing-Stuffed Whole Cauliflower

This roasted cauliflower is sure to please the vegetarians, but we've got a good feeling the turkey eaters are going to want some too. It's filled with classic stuffing and makes for a holiday-worthy main.

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Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots

The caramelized shallots add a subtle sweetness to kale's mild peppery flavor. Bobby's quick, creamy sauce holds it all together.

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Scalloped Corn

White Cheddar cheese and buttery cracker crumbs top this classic side made from frozen sweet corn and creamy half-and-half.

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Cranberry Sauce

Get Alex's cinnamon-spiced cranberry sauce on the table in just 17 minutes. Your guests won't believe you made a side so filled with flavor in so little time.

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash with Brown Butter

The secret to getting crispy, caramelized acorn squash with very little added oil? Your trusty air fryer! We topped the whole dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and a drizzle of brown butter, for a comforting and easy fall side dish.

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

Baking sweet potatoes at a super high temperature caramelizes the outsides, and finishing them in chicken broth makes the insides creamy.

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Stuffed Mushroom Casserole

Save yourself the hassle of stuffing individual mushrooms and make this casserole instead. You get all the flavors of the classic dish with a fraction of the prep time.

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Fried Green Bean Casserole

This battered and fried green bean casserole comes together quickly, thanks to the use of prepared pancake mix. Drizzle an addictively creamy gravy over the crispy vegetables after they come out of the fryer for unmatched results.

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Lemon-Maple Squash

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

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Tyler's Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

Tyler tops simple baked sweet potatoes with a sweet and crunchy streusel mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and melted mini marshmallows.

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Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Corn Muffins

Freshly baked corn muffins and pimento cheese are hallmarks of the South. But instead of slathering our muffins with the creamy-sharp spread, we decided to stuff them with it.

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The Best Corn Casserole

We added Cheddar and chives to this classic and quick side that goes from mixing bowl to oven in less than 10 minutes. It bakes up golden brown and puffy -- perfect for a potluck or holiday gathering.

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Cook mashed sweet potatoes from start to finish in an Instant Pot, then top with crunchy pecans and an optional — but deliciously decadent — marshmallow swirl.

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Mock Mashed Potatoes

This creamy, garlicky mash is made from cauliflower instead of potatoes. We use garlic and thyme for depth and nonfat Greek yogurt and a little Parmesan for dairy richness and tang.

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String Beans with Shallots

Ina's easy green beans take just 15 minutes to prepare. They're blanched before being sauteed with butter, olive oil and shallots.

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Red Devil Cranberries

Guy's cranberry sauce gets a kick from two types of peppers.

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Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Sunny folds charred marshmallows into the mashed sweet potatoes until combined. No need to oversweeten the potatoes, as the topping does the work.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

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

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Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes

Tender roasted potatoes get an extra boost of flavor and crunch, thanks to a crispy layer of golden Parmesan. We added a simple stir-together paprika aioli for dipping, but these flavorful little nuggets are equally delicious on their own. Serve them as a fun appetizer or as a side dish.

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Try this cheesy take on Brussels sprouts, a side dish everyone is sure to love.

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Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For a flavorful mashed potato twist, Tyler uses Yukon gold potatoes and mixes in garlic, thyme and chives.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Anne roasts sweet potatoes and mixes in dried apricots, honey, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Sprinkle with an oatmeal crisp topping for a dessert and side dish all in one.

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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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Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

A simple, cinnamon and apple cranberry sauce is easy with only six ingredients.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Trisha tops sweet potatoes with pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter and bakes her casserole until slightly brown.

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Classic Cornbread

Bake a moist, tender and slightly sweet batch of classic cornbread in just 40 minutes from start to finish.

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Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding

The best way to prepare your leeks for this bread pudding? After cutting them lengthwise and slicing crosswise, wash them in water and spin-dry in a salad spinner.

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Baked Yams with Saffron Aioli

Make a homemade aioli to serve atop fluffy baked yams.

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Bacon Hasselback Potatoes

Put slices of bacon into slits in Yukon gold potatoes and bake until crisp. Finish this decadent side with a scallion, parsley and garlic butter that's spoonsed over the potatoes when they're almost done.

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Whiskey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Guy adds a bit of whiskey to his mixture of sweet potatoes and apples and sweetens the dish with agave nectar.

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted garlic transforms the flavor of Ree's mashed potatoes. Cream cheese makes them rich and fluffy while also helping to balance the garlic kick.

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Green Bean and Tomato Casserole

This green bean casserole is lighter than the classic. But tart tomatoes and salty Parmesan ensure that it's got just as much flavor.

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Cranberry Sauce with Pinot and Figs

Dried figs and balsamic vinegar upgrade traditional cranberry sauce to Bobby's elegant version.

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Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Rachael's smashed potatoes are ready in less than 20 minutes. Plus, they are simple enough to have kids get in on the cooking action.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and orange zest give mashed sweet potatoes a contrasting sweet and salty kick that really works.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

Fill already-baked potato shells with a creamy mashed potato and butter mixture before sprinkling with cheese and baking again until the cheese is melted.

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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

Seasonal fall fruits marinated in a bright citrus, herb and spice syrup make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. The longer the fruits marinate, the deeper the flavors of the dish.

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Brussels Sprouts Supreme

If you've been underwhelmed by Brussels sprouts in the past, this dish could easily change your mind. The sprouts will melt in your mouth thanks to the savory, buttery sauce.

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Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage

To build this decadent side dish, Bobby layers sauteed onions and sage with thinly sliced Idaho potatoes, then coats it all in heavy cream, repeating the process until there are 12 heaping layers.

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Marbled Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Don’t choose between traditional mashed potatoes and vibrant sweet potatoes. Separately, mash Yukon gold potatoes with sour cream and heavy cream, and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cayenne pepper, then swirl together for the best of both worlds. 

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Whipped Root Vegetables

“This is a super-flavorful substitute for your standard mashed potatoes,” promises Michael Symon. It's so flavorful, in fact, that after you cook the root vegetables, all you need is butter and salt — no cream required. 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes

Move over, Bacon. Roasted Brussels sprouts have a sweet companion in this easy side: red grapes. As the Brussels sprouts roast in the oven, cook the grapes in butter on the stovetop till they're literally bursting with flavor. The grapes' natural juices will turn into a delicious glaze to complement the savory sprouts.

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Creamed Corn

Comforting, traditional and easy to make, this 20-minute creamed corn fits all the criteria for a successful, crowd-pleasing side. You may want to make a double (or even a triple) batch if you're hosting a large group for Thanksgiving — this dish goes quickly!

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Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes

For a simple variation, stir sweet, caramelized onions into creamy mashed potatoes just before serving.

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Spaghetti Squash and Potato Gratin

This recipe takes creamy potato gratin to a new level. By pairing it with spaghetti squash, you're adding amazing texture and great flavor to this traditional dish — plus finding yet another reason to buy spaghetti squash!

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

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

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Spinach Gratin

Use 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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Sweet Potato Casserole

The combination of brown sugar, butter and fall spices is sure to make this recipe a mainstay year after year.

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Roasted Beets

For a beautiful jewel-toned side to add to the Thanksgiving table, Ina dresses tender roasted beets in a sweet-tangy dressing made of raspberry vinegar and orange juice.

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Cauliflower Gratin

Ina whips up a creamy bechamel sauce as the base for her indulgent gratin before adding nutty Gruyère and Parmesan. For a golden crumb topping, combine breadcrumbs and the remaining Gruyère and drizzle with melted butter.

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Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Ellie makes a lighter vegetarian version of green bean casserole by using low-fat milk for creaminess and plenty of thyme and parsley for earthy flavor.

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey

Make meal preparation a breeze by roasting the bananas and sweet potatoes ahead of time. On Thanksgiving day, whip the ingredients together with butter and honey, top with Tyler's brown sugar-pecan crumble and heat it up in the oven just before serving.

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Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes

For a twist on classic mashed potatoes, Tyler adds fibrous parsnips to the mix.

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Thanksgiving Rolls

It will be hard to go back to buying premade buns after trying these homemade rolls from Food Network Kitchen.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Ina cuts carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and butternut squash into cubes and drizzles them with olive oil before baking.

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Stovetop Green Bean Casserole

The classic green bean casserole may be browned in the oven in the final moments, but not Alex's. She cooks her version entirely on the stovetop and finishes it with a topping of crunchy onions.

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Jellied Cranberry-Cherry Sauce

Win over even the die-hard stuff-from-a-can fans with this recipe. The cranberry sauce boasts a smooth texture and a sweet-tart flavor that everyone will love, and — even better! — you can make it a day before the big feast.

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Mashed Potatoes with Dried Sage

Sage is a well-known player in the Thanksgiving lineup, but it's usually used to flavor the stuffing or season the bird. This year, cook sage leaves in brown butter, then pour the over creamy mashed potatoes to add a welcome touch of warm flavor.

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Spiced Root Vegetables with Pumpkin Seeds

Kick your roasted root vegetable game up a notch by including parsnips, turnips and celery root. Toasted pumpkin seeds provide a nice crunch sprinkled atop the tender veggies.

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Sweet Potato Gratin

Heavy cream sweetened with maple syrup lends decidedly fall flavor to this sweet potato side. One bite of the gingersnap-breadcrumb topping will have you thinking that waiting till dessert for cookies is just plain silly.

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Easy Orange-Scented Green Beans

Follow Rachael's lead to whip up a company-worthy, 8-minute veggie with a flavorful citrus punch.

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Classic Candied Yams

With just the right amount of sweetness and spice, these sweet potatoes are cooked on the stovetop until they are tender, freeing up valuable oven space at your holiday meal.

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Mini Mac and 'Shrooms

Make this earthy, grown-up mac and cheese the star of your Thanksgiving spread.

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Glazed Carrots

Damaris Phillips' eye-pleasing carrot dish gets its warm, sweet notes from honey and its bright flavor from fresh chopped parsley. For spice, she uses togarashi, chile pepper spice blend available in specialty markets and some supermarkets — although cayenne works just as well.

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