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27 Thanksgiving Hors d'Oeuvres and Sides

Thanksgiving isn't all about the turkey. Here are some of our favorites accompanying dishes to step up your spread this holiday.

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Holiday Helping

SHELLFISH-FREESOY-FREE

Cranberry, Butternut Squash & Brie Skillet Nachos

Half Baked Harvest

These festive nachos are the perfect appetizer to serve at a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) dinner. Just look at those gorgeous red and green colors!

Don't Cross Me

GRAIN-FREEENTERTAINING

Quick Cranberry Goat Cheese Gluten Free Crostini

Cotter Crunch

A baked appetizer recipe perfect for the holidays! This Quick Cranberry Goat Cheese Gluten-Free Crostini is made with roasted balsamic cranberries and sweet onion, then topped with fresh basil and balsamic glaze.

Feeling Saucy

GLUTEN-FREEPESCATARIAN

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Garlic & Zest

Homemade is best, hands down. Try this quick recipe for a delicious sauce that will kick any holiday dinner up a notch!

Easy as 1-2-3

SIDECHEF ORIGINALKETO

3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

SideChef

This 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce is a quick and easy Thanksgiving accompaniment that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.

Spud-tacular

PEANUT-FREESHELLFISH-FREE

Rosemary-Mustard Potatoes

Garlic & Zest

Looking for a twist on your plain roasted potatoes recipe? This flavorful, vegan, gluten-free recipe is easy enough for Tuesday night, but fancy enough for your next celebration.

Locked and Loaded

GLUTEN-FREEEGG-FREE

Loaded BBQ Pork and Veggie Sweet Potatoes

Lemons and Basil

These Loaded BBQ Pork and Veggie Sweet Potatoes boast a lovely, smoky flavor and require very little hands-on time, making a healthy dinner that much easier!

Super Mash Bros

SUGAR-FREESIDECHEF ORIGINAL

Classic Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

SideChef

There's nothing more comforting than a mouthful of creamy mashed potatoes, and this classic recipe has a secret ingredient that guarantees the fluffiest results imaginable.

Candy Crush

SHELLFISH-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes

SideChef

This classic, sugary dish is a must-have on your holiday dinner table.

Sweet and Savory

GLUTEN-FREEBEGINNER

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Onions

Olga's Flavor Factory

This recipe brings out the savory side of sweet potatoes! The onions, garlic, and fresh herbs add so much aromatic flavor, and you can even toss in some grated Parmesan for a cheesy, nutty kick.

I'm Stuffed

SHELLFISH-FREEWINTER

Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

SideChef

What's Thanksgiving without stuffing, right? Besides being really easy to make, this super simple classic is pretty budget-friendly, too.

Southern Hospitality

TREE NUT-FREESUGAR-FREE

Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic & Zest

Put a lively twist on this mandatory side dish, while remaining reverent to the holiday. Cornbread. And hatch chilies. Yes!

Thanksgiving for Breakfast

HEALTHYTOMATO-FREE

Maple Breakfast Stuffing with Sausage

Vodka & Biscuits

We all need to find ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at any time of the day. Here's a pretty darn good one.

(Chick)Peas and Thank You

VEGANSUGAR-FREE

Savory Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Lemons and Basil

These Savory Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are a great little healthy snack on their own or add the perfect crunch to your favorite salad!

Souper Slurpable

TOMATO-FREEEGG-FREE

Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

Live Eat Learn

This Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas is the ultimate cozy autumn recipe for busy weeknights!

Hail Caesar

NUT-FREEWEEKNIGHT DINNERS

Chicken Kale Caesar Salad with Crunchy Chickpeas

Chef'd

A great Caesar salad gets its famous taste from a truly great dressing, and this one is loaded with plenty of the good stuff--anchovies, lemon, garlic, and Parmesan. This salad is super fast and easy to make, and we’ve updated it by giving it an extra boost of protein, fiber, and vitamins.

Boom, Roasted

FISH-FREEGLUTEN-FREE

Roasted Brussels Sprout with Acorn Squash and Quinoa

Lemons and Basil

Roasted Brussels sprouts, caramelized acorn squash, and red quinoa loaded with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Absolutely delicious!

Nothing Better than Butternut

GLUTEN-FREEBEGINNER

Butternut Squash Soup

Lemons and Basil

Butternut Squash Soup with fennel, apples, and a slight kick!

Don't Squash My Dreams

SOY-FREEMAKE AHEAD

Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa

Lemons and Basil

This Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa makes for a healthy, easy lunch on its own or a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving spread!

Do a Dip

GLUTEN-FREEEASY

Warm Butternut Squash Dip with Gruyere and Pistachios

Feed Me Phoebe

Not having to peel any gourds is just one of the many reasons to love this cheesy Warm Butternut Squash Dip.

People Pleaser

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Candid Appetite

The best way to make people like anything is to drench it in butter and cheese and cover it in a creamy sauce. Throw in some pasta and you're golden.

On a Casse-roll

CHRISTMASCOMFORT FOOD

Easy Green Bean Casserole

Amy Sheree

This Easy Green Bean Casserole is heaven on a spoon. Crispy, smooth heaven.

Fries Before Guys

GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-FREE

Green Bean Fries

DeMaCuisine

French fries don’t have to be made with potatoes. Parsnips, carrots, and summer squash all work perfectly. And while we’re at it, why not try sweet potatoes, beets, or rutabagas? When you're feeling extra lazy and don’t want to take the time to cut up some veggies for roasting, just use green beans!

Get Wild

CHRISTMASTHANKSGIVING

Italian Wild Rice Salad with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette

Garlic & Zest

A chewy, whole grain salad that's delicious on its own, or as a tasty side dish with grilled meat or a roast.

So Corny

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Pulled Pork Cornbread Cupcakes

Oh Bite It

When you set these fun and delicious "cupcakes" onto your table, take a moment and just absorb the sweet smiles of your family and friends. The warm and toasty cornbread serves as the perfect flavor combo with that rich, tender, and succulent pulled pork.

Jalapeño Business

TREE NUT-FREE4TH OF JULY

Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Garlic & Zest

This cornbread is crumbly but not too dry, a little sweet with solid corn flavor. It’s liberally speckled with bits of fresh corn and jalapeños, crispy-smoky bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese.

Top It Off

VEGETARIANSUMMER

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

Ful-Filled

Contrary to common belief, carrot tops are in fact edible, and they make a delicious pesto. Roast the leftover carrots until they’re golden and tender to make a simple and satisfying side dish.

Lighten Up

NUT-FREETOMATO-FREE

Lemon Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

Vodka & Biscuits

Roasted Lemon Rosemary Brussels Sprouts seasoned with salt and pepper, then dressed with a light and simple dressing. Healthy and delicious!

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