27 Thanksgiving Side Dishes For A Mouthwatering Holiday Dinner

Just don't tell anyone they're actually super easy.

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Bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts. Honey butter pumpkin biscuits. Potato roast. Need we say more? These sides might just become the best parts of your Thanksgiving meal.

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Heather Christo
Butternut Squash Pasta With Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Bacon And Raisins

We all love potatoes, but consider surprising and impressing your guests by adding this creamy fall pasta from to the mix. It has a bit of everything in it: the crunch of Brussels sprouts and the salty goodness of bacon, balanced by the sugary raisins.

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Brenda Score
Mashed Potato And Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

When potatoes are a must, these baked mushrooms from are perfect vehicles for getting more potatoes on your plate, along with the savory goodness of wild rice and cheese.

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Marla Meridith
Roasted Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Getting your vitamins is a pretty easy sell when you toss veggies in delicious maple syrup and cinnamon. This recipe from will satisfy dinner guests with a sweet tooth, as well as gluten-free and vegan diets.

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Jackie Dodd
Rosemary Potato Brown Ale Galette

This dish from looks gorgeous, uses ale and potatoes and it's vegan. Can you believe it? All you have to do is layer and brush slices of potatoes in a simple herb and olive oil mixture and pour in the ale. Save the leftovers and fry up an egg for a comforting breakfast the next day.

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Nancy Piran
Grilled Green Bean And Onion Tarts

This grilled take on green beans will impress any guest — and you don't need to tell them it only took you twenty minutes. This dish from combines hard-to-resist phyllo dough and feta cheese with green beans that sure beat anything coming out of a can.

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Laura Davidson
Spiced Sweet Potato Fries With Garlic Aioli

You can satisfy picky eaters and refined palates alike with these baked sweet potatoes from . Cayenne and chili powder give them some kick, while the cumin and paprika make them a great fall side (especially with tomorrow’s turkey sandwiches).

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Valentina Maria Kenney
Balsamic-Herb Cranberry Roasted Squash

This recipe has all the goodness — and colors — of fall, tied together with a sweet balsamic and orange juice drizzle. Bonus: You can make this dish from a day ahead of time.

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Courtesy of Cookie + Kate
Roasted Carrots With Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche

Rainbow carrots are indisputably gorgeous, and this recipe from uses their aesthetic to its full advantage. With this tasty dish of crème fraîche, dried farrow, ground cumin, garlic, pumpkin seeds and chili powder, among other seasonal ingredients, your dinner guests will have never been so happy to eat their veggies.

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Courtesy of Basil & Bubbly
Corn Pudding

Plain ol' corn is for week nights, not festive holiday celebrations. Instead, bake this incredible casserole-style corn pudding from that takes on a fancy, soufflée-like texture.

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Courtesy of Rachel Cooks
Easy Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce from a can? Pfft, you can do far better than that. Whip up this flavorful sauce by for a tart complement to your more savory side dishes.

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Courtesy of Taste Of Lizzy T's
Butter Soft Rolls

Naturally, you need some bread to dunk in that delicious gravy, in addition to the turkey and ham. These homemade rolls from are a soft, homey addition to any salad, soup or main dish.

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Courtesy of Joyously Domestic
Crispy Potato Roast

If you're a fan of texture, a crispy potato roast will appeal to your taste buds, not to mention wow your dinner guests. Create this dish from with thyme and red pepper flakes for an extra kick at your Thanksgiving table.

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Courtesy of Stuck On Sweet
Corn Casserole

This delicious Thanksgiving side dish is a holiday staple that can be made ahead of time and simply warmed up for dinner ("phew," said every hostess, ever). The casserole from is easy to make and you can even adapt it to make it healthier — but really, who's watching their diet on Thanksgiving?

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Courtesy of Recipe Runner
Mashed Butternut Squash With Goat Cheese And Rosemary

You've probably had butternut squash before, but if you haven't added goat cheese and fresh rosemary, you're missing out on rich flavor and a slight piney taste. This mashed squash from is a festive (and colorful!) alternative to mashed potatoes.

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Courtesy of Circus Gardener's Kitchen
Kale, Quinoa And Nut Roast En Croute

Have a vegetarian in your family? This dish by is a brilliant en-liue-of-turkey option for the non-carnivores at the table — but everyone will love its nutty, fresh flavor.

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Courtesy of The Cookie Rookie
Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

If you want to spend less than an hour on a side dish but look like a total cooking pro, try this carrot recipe by . A tablespoon of honey adds a sweet touch to this healthy vegetable, while balsamic vinegar gives it an attention-grabbing bite.

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Courtesy of Life Currents
Mashed Potato Casserole

Get a little fancy with your classic mashed potatoes with this nom-worthy dish from . Top with Asiago or Parmesan for an incredibly textured side dish that's crunchy on the outside but creamy on the inside.

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Courtesy of Snappy Gourmet
Autumn Spinach Salad

This tasty salad makes a fresh Thanksgiving side dish, but you'll probably want to pack these greens for lunch throughout the rest of the year. Make this salad from with ripe pears, pecan halves, crumbled blue cheese and baby spinach for a tasty side dish that makes you feel a little less guilty about those three apple pie slices you're about to devour.

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Courtesy of Peas & Crayons
Cranberry Quinoa Salad With Candied Walnuts

We're pretty sure by now that quinoa is never going out of style, and your holiday dinner is no exception to that. Create this cranberry quinoa salad from for a crunchy sweet addition to your spread.

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Courtesy of Food Faith Fitness
Curried Butternut Squash Salad

Take your squash to the spiralizer with this gourd salad from that's bountiful with apples, dates and pecans. Its spicy-sweet flavor will appeal to everyone at the table — even those following a vegan or paleo diet.

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Courtesy of Jessica's Kitchen
Brussels Sprouts With Glazed Pancetta And Pecan

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without Brussels sprouts, and even if you have picky eaters at the table, they won't be able to resist this recipe by . A thick, syrupy glaze, crispy bits of pancetta and a sweet and salty combination of flavors will have everyone drooling.

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Courtesy of Life A Little Brighter
Honey Butter Pumpkin Biscuits

If the name (let alone the photo) of this recipe doesn't make you melt, we're not sure what will. Combine the best flavors of the season with these warm-and-cozy biscuits from .

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Courtesy of The Complete Savorist
Colcannon

Bring a green taste of Irish cuisine to your holiday dinner with a traditional side dish of potatoes, cabbage, green onions and butter — aka, this colcannon from . Not only is it delicious, it's a great conversation starter.

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Courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Get creative with what type of bacon you use in this playful recipe from — something like apple maple smoke bacon is ideal for the season. Case in point, everything is better wrapped in crispy bacon.

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Courtesy of Rachel Cooks
Green Bean Casserole

Your nana might just get jealous of this recipe from . The best part? It's made without a single drop of canned soup, but still easy to whip up. Gather simple ingredients like milk, butter, mushrooms, bacon and sharp white cheddar cheese to make this holiday classic.

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Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Garlic-Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Parmesan

Celebrate a classic fall flavor with a dash of garlic, thyme and parsley and delicious Parmesan cheese. This recipe by elevates the humble sweet potato to an unforgettable dish.

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Courtesy of Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Hot Crab Dip

Bring a bit of the coast to your table with this mouthwatering side dish by . This dip is easy to make the night before your dinner, but with its incredible blend of Dungeness crabs and cream cheese, is a one-of-a-kind holiday accompaniment.

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