Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

When it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner, the turkey, ham, dressing, stuffing, sweets, and plenty of other hearty dishes get the spotlight and often leave vegetables behind or overshadowed. Luckily, this curated list of 60 Favorite Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes from Food52 is just the thing you need to keep your Thanksgiving dinner from being unbalanced or overtly unhealthy.

The holiday table on Thanksgiving is best when it’s colorful, diverse, and health-conscious, so consider making an active effort this year and whip up some of these vitamin-rich and heart-happy side dishes to add some green to that Thanksgiving table and compliment the golden brown color scheme of the various potato-crusted dishes on its surface.

Green Beans Vinaigrette

Tangy, seasoned, and delicious, these salt-boiled green beans are just the dish to prepare if you’re looking to spice up a traditional serving of so-called “boring” green beans. This dish has you combining red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, honey, high-quality olive oil, and dijon mustard for a vinaigrette that is well-served on essentially any salad or vegetable side, but when it’s placed atop brightly colored and tender green beans that are fresh out of a salt boil, the acidic flavor is elevated and leaving your palette satisfied after a hearty serving of any of your other dinner table offerings.

Twice-Baked Potatoes With Kale

It may be time to blend the warmth that comes from an all-time fan favorite: baked russet potatoes and the vitamin-rich superfood that is kale in this heart-conscious side dish that will leave all who survey it wanting more. In this recipe, you essentially soften the russet potatoes with an initial bake before sautéing your roughly-chopped bunch of lacinato kale. What follows is a delicious, seasoned, and expertly-textured side dish that tastes absolutely wonderful and (get this) good for you!

Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges With Sage-Hazelnut Pesto

Autumn comes out in full force alongside this impeccable sage-hazelnut pesto and all the oft-ignored flavor notes that it’s able to bring out. Also, while it’s absolutely delicious and well-suited to serve this herbal and nutty pesto atop sweetened, caramelized butternut squash wedges, you’re free to substitute another favorite vegetable in its place such as parsnips, carrots, or zucchini. Though, a combination of all four might not be a bad idea; just ensure you have enough pesto to go around!

Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes opposites attract; it’s proven to be true in romantic comedies and this side dish that has you take the sweetness of sweet potatoes and maple syrup and plate them against the distinct flavor palette and spice of smoky chipotles. What transpires is a dish that is sure to stick with you long after the meal is over, though it does compliment the various starchy dishes likely beside it on the table as well. Most of all, the soft orange glow of this dish will serve as a welcome addition to your table, no matter the case.

Brussels Sprouts Caesar

Admit it, salad is always a winner, but it can often be lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle and forgotten about. However, this Brussel-sprout Caesar salad has a texture and color that will literally brighten up your dinner table, plate, and taste buds. Consider preparing extra Brussel sprouts and shaving them with a knife or mandoline for excellent flavor pairings outside of this off-the-beaten-path salad.

Besides those dishes listed above, the following encompasses a variety of vegetable-focused side dishes that are sure to delight and impress.

Whether they’re proper side dishes or hors d’oeuvres, the above recipes are sure to serve you and your guest right at Thanksgiving dinner.

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Fall Sweet Potato Dishes

Sweet potatoes are as unique as vegetables can be due to the fact that they have the dual benefit of being both a filling, savory side dish, and a satisfying, sweetened dessert all at the same time. Naturally, a single ingredient as versatile as this lends itself to a plethora of recipe options, and the fine culinary experts for Food52 have the perfect list of over three dozen sweet potato recipes to make your fall that much sweeter.

After reviewing this list, you’ll be sure to find the ideal recipe for the next time you’d like to incorporate the hearty, colorful vegetables into your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. From yogurt and nachos to frosted cake and hash browns, there’s little that sweet potatoes can’t do.

Sweet Potatoes Roasted In Coconut Oil

If your next dish is in need of a bite-sized, spectacularly simple snack, then this sheet tray recipe for 1-inch pieces of sweet potatoes is the perfect answer! While the original recipe only utilizes coconut oil, salt, and pepper when tossing the sweet potatoes, you’re encouraged to add some herby greatness to the mix. Try out adding some cumin, chili powder, and cayenne if you want it to have some kick or some grated orange zest, cinnamon, and maple syrup if you want to really accentuate the sugary flavor notes of your side dish. Any way you make it, the texture will be pitch-perfect if timed correctly in the 400° F oven.

Brown Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Arugula And Bacon

The savory trifecta of brown sugar, bacon, and sweet potatoes is on full display in this savory and sweet side dish that is sure to be popular at any autumnal buffet table. Collaborating brilliantly alongside the original flavor profile of the sweet potato’s savoriness is this recipe’s bacon strips, arugula, thyme, and sage. Similarly, the tossing of brown sugar atop the sweet potatoes before they touch a roasting pan is a brilliant move that saves the iconic sweetness that the main ingredient has come to be known for. It all results in a delicious cavalcade of herbs, protein, and sweet flavor that cannot and will not be beaten.

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet Or Savory

The brilliance of this recipe is that you get to choose the side of the sweet potato that you’re in the mood for: savory or sweet. These waffles break from the autumnal tradition of pumpkin spiced waffles and allow you to experiment a little bit in the kitchen as you may decide that they’re best served with cranberries, turkey, avocado, runny egg, or sausages instead of your standard maple syrup.

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

It’s true that sometimes you just want to give in completely and allow your sweet potato to be a dessert, and there’s nothing wrong with that thanks to this recipe that dives into that arena head first. Sweet potatoes are the base of this brownie recipe alongside cocoa powder, semisweet chocolate chips, espresso powder, and your other standard brownie ingredients, resulting in a delicious assortment of sweetness both from the potato and chocolate at its core.

Whole Grain Sweet Potato Muffins

This is the perfect recipe for anyone wanting to get back to basics and be mindful about their health, as these whole-grain muffins rest on the subtle, flavorful laurels of the sweet potato itself. Accompanied by some aromatic spicessuch as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, you can rest assured that these muffins will absolutely smell autumnal, and because they’re backed with whole-wheat flour, you’ll be happy to know that they’re not of the “hockey puck” texture consistency.

In the (likely) event that you read this recipe list and rush to buy a large number of sweet potatoes in bulk, be sure that you’re up-to-date on the best-storing practices for keeping these titans of culinary versatility fresher longer thanks to Food52.

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Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

Whether you’re practicing for Thanksgiving dinner or complimenting a savory dinner in July, a green bean casserole that’s made from scratch is always treasured and respected, and this simple, yet savory, detailed recipe guide from Gimme Some Oven hits the homemade nail on the head.


Green Bean Casserole:

  • 2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed, and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 batch of Mushroom Alfredo Sauce
    • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
    • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, thinly-sliced
    • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
    • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup of vegetable stock
    • 1 cup milk
    • ½ cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ tsp fine sea salt
    • ¼ tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 batch Crispy Onion Topping
    • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil, divided
    • 1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
    • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/4th cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
    • ¼ teaspoon each fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Recipe for Green Bean Casserole:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F
  2. Heat a large stockpot of water over high-heat until it’s boiling. Meanwhile, trim and cut your green beans, then add them to the boiling water. Cook them for 3-5 minutes, depending on your preferred level of crispiness, though it’s a good idea to undercook them, as they’ll cook more in the oven. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to transfer the beans immediately into a large bowl of ice water, and give them a quick stir, preventing them from cooking longer. Afterward, set aside.
  3. For the next step of this green bean casserole, melt ½ tablespoon butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, occasionally stirring until the onion is partially cooked, still holding its shape. Transfer the onion to a clean bowl and add the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter to the sauté pan along with the panko and stir to combine. Cook this for 2-3 minutes, occasionally stirring until the panko is lightly golden. Remove this from the heat and transfer the panko to the bowl with the onions. Add in the Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and toss the onion mixture until evenly combined, setting it aside.
  4. Briefly rinse and dry the sauté pan; then return it to the stove. Melt the butter over medium-high heath, and add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring it occasionally until lightly browned and soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 more minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s Then, stir in the flour and sauté for an additional minute while stirring occasionally. Then, add in the vegetable stock and stir until the flour is evenly dissolved. Then, stir-in to combine the milk and Parmesan, and cook the sauce until it reaches a simmer and thickens. You can then remove it from heat and season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Combine the green beans and mushroom alfredo sauce in the stockpot, and stir the green bean mixture until it’s all evenly combined. Transfer this to a 9 x 13 baking dish, and spread the green bean mixture out in an even layer, wherein you’ll sprinkle it evenly with the crispy onion topping mixture.
  6. Bake this dish for 25 minutes, or until the crispy onion topping is golden and crispy. You’ll want to watch this carefully so that it doesn’t burn, but if it begins to char, lay a piece of aluminum foil on top of the casserole.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve this side (or main dish) warm, by garnishing it with extra freshly-cracked black pepper and parsley while plating.

Once comfortable with the ingredients and procedure for green bean casserole , feel free to spice it up by adding extra cheese, cajun seasoning, bacon, or a little “kick” with crushed red pepper flakes or jalapeno slices. Customize this traditional side dish, and upgrade it to an unforgettable main dish.

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