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Hands holding up various side dishes above a dining table full of food, including a giant turkey.



This holiday season is your chance to wow your dinner guests. Here are four easy side dishes to prepare for Thanksgiving this year.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes are an expected Thanksgiving side dish. Cook up a surprise by swapping out russets for sweet potatoes. This recipe can help you create a tasty dish topped with a broccoli salad, for a full-flavored side that will steal the show. Bonus? Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative, they’re gluten-free, and this dish can be made with vegan-friendly.

Easy Roasted Veggies

A great way to add color and variety to your Thanksgiving table is with a roasted veggie side. You can reference this quick recipe for a colorful and flavorful winter medley that tastes and looks beautiful. The best part of this side dish is how easily customizable it is to suit your preferences.

Pear Salad

Oven space in the kitchen during the holidays is rare, which is why a salad is one easy side dish you can throw together while waiting out bake times. This delicious seasonal pear salad recipe uses a unique flavor combo that will give your guests a double take. It’s sweet, tangy, and not too filling – so there’ll still be plenty of room in your belly for the main course.

Rosemary Focaccia

Bread is a hearty, traditional Thanksgiving side dish. This year, instead of buying rolls from the store, make your own bread at home. Check out a super simple rosemary focaccia bread recipe that’s perfect for bread-making beginners. Consider baking extra to use for your leftover turkey sandwiches.

Ready to cook up more fun this holiday season? Read on at The Slate blog.