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17 Orange Sides to Brighten Your Holiday Table

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The holiday table is often overrun with a whole lot of beige: Potatoes, stuffing, rolls, gravy, and even the bird itself fall into the tedious tones of off-white, tan, and brown. While all are essential to the meal, a plate can seem lifeless when piled up with nothing else. 

That's why it's important to bring other colors to the table: ruby red from cranberry sauce, green in the form of a salad or a big platter of Brussels sprouts, and orange—lots of orange. Whether it's winter squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, or even oranges themselves, here's how we're bringing the color orange to the table.


Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto by melissav



Roasted Carrots with Mustard Greens Gremolata by EmilyC


Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad by Genius Recipes


Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie by Marian Bull



Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Red Pepper Flakes by Kendra Vaculin

Acorn squash


Brown Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Bacon by EmilyC


Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey by Viviane Bauquet Farre



Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish by TheWimpyVegetarian


Maple Mashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes by ashleyza


Pomegranate Roasted Carrots by Melissa Clark


Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin by cnevertz


Dashi Braised Kabocha Squash by savorthis


Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt by foxeslovelemons


Butternut Squash Purée by Amanda Hesser


Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple with Pearl Onions and Crispy Sage by Kendra Vaculin


Steam-Roasted Carrots with Cumin by Kenzi Wilbur



Sweet Potato Bake by Ali Slagle


Tags: menu ideas, round-up, holiday, orange side dishes, side dish, carrots, winter squash, orange