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12 Simply Spectacular Thanksgiving Side Dishes

While we love us the main turkey event, no Thanksgiving feast is complete without a solid collection of delicious sides. Here are a dozen recipes that will put those squeaky old green beans to shame. Enjoy!

1. Cranberry Apple Couscous: Say goodbye to the canned cranberry sauce with this grainy number. All of the different textures add a nice crunch to your plate. (Recipe and photo: The Daily Muse)

2. Roasted Delicata Squash Rings: Roasted squash rings are so easy, and they look SO lovely! Toss in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast. Yum. (Recipe and photo: Urban Chickpea)

3. Mashed Potatoes with Ricotta, Spinach, and Bacon: Mix up those taters with a little bacon and ricotta. (Recipe and photo: Kelvin Wu)

4. Shaved Carrot Salad: Gotta throw some raw veggies into the mix! Head to your local food co-op or Whole Foods and scout out these colorful rainbow carrots. (Recipe and photo: The Forest Feast)

5. Pumpkin Rice Croquettes with Tarragon Mayonnaise: Get a little egg and cheese, and you can turn just about anything into a croquette. These are also a great hack for Thanksgiving leftovers. (Recipe and photo: Al Dente Gourmet)

6. Carrot Souffle: For a different take on carrots, turn them into a simple soufflé. (Recipe and photo: Primal Palate)

7. Cheddar and Leek Muffins: These are great for Thanksgiving breakfast or for mixing up the contents of your bread basket. (Recipe and photo: The Kitchn)

8. Cornbread, Pecan, and Salt Pork-Stuffed Onions: You’ve seen stuffed peppers and stuffed mushrooms, but what about stuffed onions? The sweetness of the roasted onion with the contrast of salt pork looks incredible. (Recipe and photo: CHOW)

9. Sausage and Artichoke Stuffing: Think of this as your favorite spinach artichoke dip on steroids. YUM. (Recipe and photo: Meaning of Pie)

10. Farro and Sweet Dumpling Squash Tartlets: Loving the colors in these tartlets! (Recipe and photo: Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes)

11. Green Bean Casserole Grilled Cheese Sliders: Another one ripe for a leftover hack, these casserole sliders would be right at home at the kid’s table, or for late night Thanksgiving snacking. (Recipe and photo: E is for Eat)

12. Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes: Finally, how about combining two of your favorite fall flavors? Can’t wait to give this a try. (Recipe and photo: Steamy Kitchen)

What are your favorite Thanksgiving sides? Talk to us in the comments below. 

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