Be honest 鈥 if you have to choose your favorite thing about聽a Thanksgiving table, it might have more聽to do with the dishes聽sitting around the turkey聽than with the esteemed聽bird itself. Sure, we love a perfect roasted turkey and all the resulting leftovers, but nothing comes close to your family鈥檚 famous聽mashed potatoes smothered in gravy or your grandma鈥檚 cranberry dressing. If you don鈥檛 already have an arsenal of family secrets at your disposal, or you鈥檙e just looking to stir things up a bit this year, we鈥檝e got you totally covered. We鈥檝e gathered up the most indulgent and tastiest takes on the classics聽so your star turkey聽will have plenty of company on the table this year. Mix yourself up a fall cocktail and start making that grocery list.


1.聽Pumpkin, Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Bread Pudding: This special聽dish is everything we love in a holiday recipe. It鈥檚 full of seasonal produce, it鈥檚 decadent and it makes a perfect breakfast the following day. Enjoy!聽(via Climbing Grier Mountain)


2.聽Baked Sweet Potatoes With Maple-Meringue Topping: If marshmallows are feeling a little too basic, check out this meringue topping. We鈥檙e not sure if this counts as a veggie or a dessert, but we鈥檒l take it either way.聽(via Katie at the Kitchen Door)


3.聽Harissa, Broccoli, Spinach and Wild Rice Casserole With Crispy Prosciutto: This dish could be a complete meal in itself. It鈥檚 loaded with green veggies, gorgeous wild rice and crunchy nuts and rounded out with savory prosciutto. Top it all off with a healthy serving of gouda and gruyere.聽This recipe is special enough for the holiday table, but you鈥檒l probably want to work it into your regular meal rotation too.聽(via Half Baked Harvest)


4.聽Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad With Bacon and Pecorino: This one is hitting all the right notes 鈥 crunchy, crispy, salty and savory. It also holds up well, so you can prepare it and even dress it a few hours in advance. The dressing will soften the veggies and bring it all together.聽(via Sugar and Grace)


5.聽Wild Rice Stuffing With Turkey Italian Sausage, Hazelnuts and Cranberries: Using whole grains in your stuffing adds extra depth of flavor. It鈥檚 so good you鈥檒l want to eat it straight from the pan 鈥 gravy optional.聽(via Cooking for Keeps)

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6.聽Squash With Browned Butter and Sage: Nutty browned butter plays perfectly with the earthiness of baked squash. Pomegranate seeds add a welcome pop of color.聽(via This Is How I Cook)


7.聽Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Apples, Hazelnuts and Brown Butter Vinaigrette: Raw Brussels sprouts can be delicious when they鈥檙e very fresh and thinly sliced. This salad is a fresh complement to all of those more hearty side dishes. You can clean and prep your sprouts a day ahead to save precious kitchen time on the big day.聽(via The Kitchn)


8.聽Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce: If you鈥檝e never tasted homemade cranberry sauce, then now is the time. It鈥檚 so simple to prepare, and your entire house will smell divine. This is another one of those dishes you can go ahead and make a day or two ahead of time. (via Gimme Some Oven)


9.聽Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad: A fresh green salad is a breeze to throw together and a great way to incorporate all of those fall flavors and colors. Try persimmons or pears in place of the apples if you can find them in your area.聽(via Creme de la Crumb)


10.聽Crispy Sweet Potato Roast: It may take a bit of effort to prep your sweet potatoes like this, but if you鈥檙e brave enough to tackle it, the rest comes together in a snap. For extra flavor, serve it with an herbaceous聽salsa verde, as suggested in this recipe.聽(via Smitten Kitchen)


11.聽Sausage and Pear Stuffing: Forget about that dried-out packaged stuff and try your hand at homemade stuffing. This one is the perfect balance聽of savory and sweet.聽(via Martha Stewart)


12.聽Extra Buttery Mashed Potatoes: Never underestimate the power of the potato. It鈥檚 a simple dish, but when done right it can tie the whole meal together. Your guests won鈥檛 care if the turkey is dry as long as they have creamy potatoes to cover it聽with. The secret ingredient in this recipe is herb-infused whole milk鈥 and聽a generous helping of butter, of course.聽(via Bon Appetit)


13.聽Brussels Sprout Gratin: Sturdy Brussels sprouts get bathed in milk and gruyere and baked with pancetta until tender. It鈥檚 basically the best thing that ever happened to a vegetable.聽(via Simply Recipes)

14.聽Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans: Just because they鈥檙e traditional doesn鈥檛 mean they have to be boring. Pair your green beans with聽tempting toppings like toasted nuts, caramelized shallots and feta cheese.聽(via How Sweet It Is)


15.聽Parker House Rolls: Homemade bread is one of the simplest ways to elevate a meal, and these herbed Parker House rolls are a great place to start. Make another batch the following day for the most delicious turkey sandwiches.聽(via Williams-Sonoma)


16.聽Harissa and Maple Roasted Carrots: We love the way these multicolored carrots add vibrancy to the table. Harissa is an unexpected but perfect flavor addition.聽(via The Bitten Word)

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17.聽Roasted Cauliflower, Beet and Farro Winter Salad: A hearty grain salad is a healthy alternative to some of the more traditional sides. It also gives vegetarians something a little more interesting than bread and potatoes to put on the plate. Not that we鈥檙e complaining about bread and potatoes鈥β(via Joy the Baker)


18.聽Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Crumble: Everyone鈥檚 favorite part of this classic dish is always the marshmallow topping. Take it to a new level with this crumble situation. It鈥檚 basically dessert for dinner.聽(via Saveur)

Do you have a favorite recipe that must make an appearance at Thanksgiving every year? Tell us in the comments below!