The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown: Spectacular Sides

The turkey might be the main attraction, but the sides are what really bring the meal together

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

After turkey, the favored sides seem to be what people look forward to the most. So now that you've got the turkey squared away, it's time for the next step — the spunky side dishes that will round out the meal. It's probably wise to serve the classics like mashed potatoes and green beans so you don't have any unhappy dinner guests, but it's also fun to mix things up by cooking up some unusual delicacies — Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese anyone?

Make sure to check out our other Thanksgiving posts for more cooking ideas:

Turkey Takedown

Getting Saucy

Starters and Healthy Salads

Delectable Desserts


Roasted Beets and Tops with Tarragon

Tarragon has an anise-like flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the beets — a healthy and tasty side dish. 






Creamy Pumpkin Penne with Crispy Sage and Toasted Pecans

A nutty and utterly satisfying recipe that's also vegan. 





Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

The ultimate comfort food, this cheesy dish makes for a perfect side.






Spicy-Sweet Roasted Fall Vegetables

Healthy and with a kick of heat, this recipe can also be prepped two days ahead. 




Swiss Chard Gratin

Chef Daniel Boulud shares this elegant recipe for a coloful side dish. 




Caramelized Sweet Potato-Biscuit Dressing

Texas-based chef Dean Fearing likes serving this rich dish alongside his roast turkey. 




Onions in Onions

For a fun twist, try serving this onion-y dish at your Thanksgiving table.