20 Thanksgiving Sides You Can Bring to Friendsgiving

20 Thanksgiving Sides You Can Bring to Friendsgiving

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Kelli Foster
Nov 9, 2016

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.

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1. Grilled Bread Dressing with Cranberries and Leeks

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.

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2. Everything Bagel Stuffing

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.

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3. Eggo Waffle Stuffing

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.

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4. Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole

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.

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5. Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Reimagine the way you do mashed potatoes this year, and opt for individual crispy-creamy, cheesy mashed potato puffs.

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6. Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin

Potatoes, squash, and goat cheese team up for a fresh and creamy vegetarian side dish that comes together with minimal work.

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7. How To Make Classic Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

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.

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8. Sour Cream Balsamic Sweet Potatoes

Balsamic vinegar and sour cream are the power couple that show you how to instantly up the ante in mashed sweet potatoes.

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9. Fig Cranberry Sauce

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.

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10. Baked Polenta with Greens and Gruyère

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.

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11. Broccoli Rabe and White Bean Gratin

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.

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12. Honey-Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Take your classic roasted Brussels sprouts one step further with a sweet, tangy honey-mustard glaze.

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13. Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

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.

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14. Roasted Butternut Squash Purée with Goat Cheese

Puréed squash gets an instant boost from crumbled goat cheese, which delivers a hint of tangy flavor and an extra-smooth, silky finish.

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15. Roasted Green Beans with Harissa

This quick and easy side is how to bring green beans to the table, while taking a step back from the traditional casserole.

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16. Lemony Green Beans with Almond Breadcrumbs

These vegan-friendly green beans bring a pop of fresh flavor, and offer a nice balance to the richer sides on the table.

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17. How To Make the Creamiest Mashed Cauliflower

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.

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18. Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts & Lemon

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.

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19. Thanksgiving Slaw

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.

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20. Herbed Yogurt Biscuits

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.

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