The almighty Thanksgiving turkey will not conquer without its army of sides. We’ve chosen six non-basic yet nostalgia-satisfying escorts to rock your world and turn that turkey’s head. Don’t tell anyone but sometimes we even forget to put the turkey on the plate. Go ahead and over-accessorize.
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Foodess
Attractive, soft, delicious and best of all, pumpkin. Think of how awesome a few slices of turkey and cranberry sauce (or whipped maple butter, mmm) wedged in-between these babies will be the next morning.
Roasted Pumpkin Salad from 101 Cookbooks
Mix cilantro and roasted pumpkin (or substitute acorn or butternut squash) for this healthy, simple and warm-toned salad. The puréed sunflower seed dressing is a perfect accompaniment.
Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Hazelnuts from Spoon Fork Bacon
This texturized stuffing recipe combines everything that we love: nuts, Italian sausage, butter, bread and herbs. Large cubes of sourdough baguette guarantee non-soggy stuffing.
Grilled Carrots over Lentils with Horseradish Yogurt Sauce from Happy Yolks
Between the grilled carrots and fresh herbs, the aromatics in this dish are outstanding and may even outshine this epic presentation.
Tangy Cranberry Chutney by Crepes of Wrath
How can we resist a jalapeno and ginger cranberry chutney? Replace the canned stuff for once. Chutney keeps for 10 days = turkey sammies forever.
Green Bean Casserole by The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Leave the Campbell’s in the cupboard this year. This recipe is made from scratch (sans canned soup). And there’s bacon and cheddar.