A lot of our Thanksgiving traditions come canned — the pumpkin puree for your pie, the start of your favorite cranberry sauce and those curly fried onions for your green bean casserole. These time-honored ingredients get this most-anticipated meal on the table year after year. As the holiday draws near, however, give some serious thanks by stocking your table with show-stopping produce-loving sides.
As you start assembling those grocery lists of yours, mix and match these 10 killer dishes — each with a veggie focus — for a Thanksgiving spread your family will reproduce for years to come.
1. Mushrooms: We may eat our mushrooms year-round, but Ina’s Mushroom-Leek Bread Pudding celebrates this ingredient in a preparation reminiscent of classic Thanksgiving stuffing.
2. Squash: Food Network Magazine’s Lemon-Maple Squash are curvy and sophisticated, working as an elegant addition to the other casserole-leaning sides.
3. Brussels Sprouts: A common enemy among most kids, Brussels sprouts do well when combined with cheese and toasted. Bake Brussels Sprouts Gratin by Food Network Magazine with a cheddar cheese topping for a crowd-pleasing edge.
4. Cauliflower: Anne Burrell pairs seasonal roasted cauliflower with another timely piece of produce — Jerusalem artichokes. Her Spice-Roasted Cauliflower and Jerusalem Artichokes recipe for Food Network Magazine is flavorful and exciting, especially among its comforting counterparts.
5. Potatoes: If you’re looking for something different from the old mashed potatoes-and-gravy ritual, Tyler’s top-rated Scalloped Potato Gratin goes on your plate creamy and rich.
6. Greens: All of the sturdy winter greens you’d ever want — think mustard and turnip greens, kale and Swiss chard — come together in the Neelys’ Hearty Winter Greens Saute for Food Network Magazine. They’re cooked down till perfectly tender, and work as a wholesome counterpart to the richest of Thanksgiving sides.
7. Parsnips: Make a nod to the overlapping holiday of Hanukkah with Food Network Magazine’s Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Applesauce. Fried up till golden brown, these not-so-traditional pancakes will fit right in.
8. Broccoli: Standard steamed broccoli won’t cut it on your holiday table. Alton Brown’s Broccoli Casserole is creamy, rich and perfect for weeknights too.
9. Sweet Potatoes: Odds are, you’d be making this one even if we didn’t give you a little nudge. The Neelys’ Old-School Sweet Potato Souffle comes with the obligatory marshmallow topping.
10. Green Beans: No side lineup would be complete without a holiday staple like Alton Brown’s Green Bean Casserole. Even the crispy onions in this recipe are made from scratch.
Get more Thanksgiving recipes from friends and family:
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The Lemon Bowl: Quinoa with Acorn Squash, Apples and Walnuts
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: 16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Nancy’s Vodka Cranberries
Weelicious: Maple Roast Vegetables
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Easy Mushroom-Chile Risotto
Red or Green: Schezwan Green Beans
Domesticate Me: Sweet Potato Gratin with Pancetta, Parmesan and Sage
Virtually Homemade: Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Purple Potato Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
The Sensitive Epicure: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Rosemary
The Heritage Cook: Maple-Roasted Root Vegetables
Food For My Family: Honey-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine
Dishin & Dishes: Twice baked Sweet Potatoes
Devour: Top In Season Thanksgiving Sides
Taste With The Eyes: A Fresh California Twist on Brussels Sprouts