Everyone knows that the turkey is the staple of Thanksgiving, but when it comes to sides, you’ve got all types of options.
It’s okay if you want to stick to traditional mashed potatoes, stuffing and green beans, but there’s a variety of other side dishes that are just as festive yet not as expected. Luckily, if you’re out of ideas, we’re here to help you out.
Here are seven delicious side dishes to try this Thanksgiving in order to keep your table interesting and your guests satisfied!
1. Shredded Lemon Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but prepared the right way, they’re a perfect Thanksgiving pairing. These Brussels sprouts are a little easier to eat since they’re shredded, and then tossed with carrots, lemon, and Parmesan cheese for a light flavor.
Recipe: The Cookie Writer
2. Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Impress your guests with this fancy take on mashed potatoes. This recipe uses sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and it’s prepared with bacon, bourbon, brown butter and sage for a rich and decadent, sweet and savory side dish.
Recipe: How Sweet Eats
3. Kale Salad
If you have vegetarian guests or relatives who like to eat “clean,” they’ll love this kale salad loaded with all the classic Thanksgiving ingredients, including sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans—all tossed in a lemon, garlic, and Parmesan dressing.
Recipe: Kale Me Maybe
4. Onion Gratin With Rosemary And Thyme
This riff on broccoli gratin is made with onions, and it’s perfect for a cold November evening. With a crisp top and an ooey-gooey cheesy center, your guests will be clamoring for seconds after they try this herb-filled vegetable dish.
Recipe: Kalyn’s Kitchen
5. Maple Pecan Hassleback Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is such a quintessential fall vegetable, there’s no reason it shouldn’t have a place at the Thanksgiving table. This butternut squash is thinly sliced and glazed with maple syrup, and it’s finished off with thyme and chopped pecans.
Recipe: Seasons and Suppers
6. Baked Pears With Gorgonzola And Honey
We spend so much of the autumn season focusing on apples, that sometimes we forget all the wonderful things we can do with pears. These pears are baked to perfection and stuffed with gorgonzola cheese. They’re then garnished with walnuts and drizzled with honey, making these a fun appetizer to serve before the turkey is ready.
Recipe: Happy Kitchen
7. Macaroni And Cheese
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of comfort, and there is no food more comfortig than a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, especially when it’s homemade. This baked version is loaded with flavor, and it’s a great addition to the Thanksgiving dinner, especially when you have a lot of kids around.
Recipe: Smile and Sandwich