It's not a contest, but if you aspire to win Friendsgiving with the best side dish of the night, you're hardly alone. From a Stranger Things-inspired stuffing to bacon-stuffed Brussels sprouts, to the creamiest mashed cauliflower in all the land, this impressive collection of recipes will help you up your game with a side dish that will keep everyone talking.
Inspired by Zuni Cafe's roast chicken, this rustic stuffing starts by grilling the bread. It's a small, but game-changing step that gives this side a great smoky flavor.
Reach for everything bagels, studded with coarse salt, garlic, onions, and seeds, to replace the bread in your classic stuffing recipe. They basically have all the flavor built right in.
This fun and quirky stuffing is Eleven-approved. It's based on the Stove Top classic and is sure to bring a big dose of childhood nostalgia to the table.
Mashed potatoes are a must for any Thanksgiving celebration. This recipe gives the classic version a twist and has big make-ahead potential so you can do the prep ahead of your gathering.
Reimagine the way you do mashed potatoes this year, and opt for individual crispy-creamy, cheesy mashed potato puffs.
Potatoes, squash, and goat cheese team up for a fresh and creamy vegetarian side dish that comes together with minimal work.
No gooey marshmallows necessary. This creamy sweet potato side, topped with a light and fluffy meringue, will earn oohs and aahs before it even hits plates. Think of it as the dish that moves dinner into dessert.
Balsamic vinegar and sour cream are the power couple that show you how to instantly up the ante in mashed sweet potatoes.
Filled with dried figs; warm spices, like star anise, ginger, and cinnamon; and a splash of bourbon, this is the cranberry sauce that will leave everyone talking.
What's better than the mess of winter greens, artichokes, and melted cheese at the center of this gluten-free casserole? Only that it's topped with thick slices of crispy polenta.
This make-ahead side with braised broccoli rabe and creamy white beans is sure to earn you big points with all the vegetarians at the table.
Take your classic roasted Brussels sprouts one step further with a sweet, tangy honey-mustard glaze.
This dish, made to feed the whole Friendsgiving crowd, pairs roasted Brussels sprouts with slices of smoky thick-cut bacon and a sweet, slightly tart apple cider glaze.
Puréed squash gets an instant boost from crumbled goat cheese, which delivers a hint of tangy flavor and an extra-smooth, silky finish.
This quick and easy side is how to bring green beans to the table, while taking a step back from the traditional casserole.
These vegan-friendly green beans bring a pop of fresh flavor, and offer a nice balance to the richer sides on the table.
Whether you blitz a head of cauliflower in the food processor or go for one of those ready-to-go bags, this ultra-creamy side wins big points as the lighter version of mashed potatoes.
Cabbage is having a bit of a moment, so why not bring it to the table in the form of this vibrant warm slaw? It's perfect for a big gathering since it's easy to double for larger parties.
Go ahead, be the hero who brings salad to Friendsgiving that everyone wants to eat. This refreshing fall slaw is studded with dried cranberries, almonds, and parsley, and finished with an apple cider vinaigrette.
Even with a plate full of turkey and all the fixings, no one can refuse a home-baked biscuit. For a lighter, airier texture with a tang, this version swaps buttermilk for Greek yogurt.