9 Thanksgiving Sides Get a Makeover

November 20, 2011

We know, we know, the turkey is the crown jewel of the Thanksgiving table, the centerpiece, the show-stopper. Not anymore.

Here are 9 side dishes to share the spotlight with the bird this holiday -- all simple, modern twists on the sides we all know and love, from a light, frisky butternut cider soup to smoky grilled Brussels sprouts.

We can't wait to hear grandma say, "Pass the cranberry fig chutney, please."

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Butternut Squash and Cider Soup by amanda

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese by Sonali

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions


Gingered Cranberry Fig Chutney by Oui, Chef

Gingered Cranberry Fig Chutney


Grilled Brussels Sprouts by kitchenwitchcookie

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms by melissav

Ciabatta Stuffing


Sweet Potato Gratin with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon by apartmentcooker

Individual Sweet Potato Gratins


Green Beans with Apricots and Serrano Ham by amanda

Green Beans with Apricots


Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy by sticksnstones

Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy


Crispy Delicata Squash Rings with Currant, Fennel & Apple Relish by ChezSuzanne

Crispy Delicata Rings


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Chef A. November 21, 2011
I love all of these fun unique ideas for Thanksgiving. My favorites are the grilled brussel sprouts and the sweet potato gratin. They are totally making my mouth water :) Check out my take on a zesty and fun makeover of the boring old green bean casserole. Much love and Happy FOODGASMIC Thanksgiving!
Kitchen B. November 21, 2011
And grandma will say so with pure joy. I'd take her place anyday at any/all of the tables where these will be served. Invite me over please...someone! Anyone!!