42 Delicious Holiday Sides
The turkey may take center stage, but the side dishes truly make the meal. Kick it up a notch with our easy and crowd-pleasing recipes.
Combine two sweet-and-tangy fall fruits—cranberries and apricots—and you'll end up with this deliciously addicting relish. Serve it with the meal alongside traditional cranberry sauce.
- Recipe: Apricot Cranberry Relish
I grew up skating on the bogs of southeastern Massachusetts, and my father endearingly called me a "bog-trotting swamp Yankee." Here's another essential cranberry dish.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Relish
The thing I love most about this salad: using fresh, organic, local greens. (Conditions are particularly good for farming in nearby Westport, Massachusetts, keeping local farmers' markets stocked.)
Our cottage is a stone's throw from local working bogs, which still cover more than 14,000 acres in the region. I can't imagine a Thanksgiving without cranberries. In this dish, they add luster and color, like a jewel.
Give leafy Swiss chard a flavorful kick with fragrant hazelnuts and garlic for a delicious side dish. Add kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Nothing complements your Thanksgiving turkey better than farm-fresh sides. Add a little extra flavor by dressing these beans with some butter and freshly ground black pepper.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans
Soffrito is an Italian word meaning a mixture of finely chopped vegetables and seasonings. Combined with tangy artichokes, this dish is unique and delicious.
Tangy citrus juices from lemon and orange add a burst of fruit flavor to a classic side. It's so sweet and creamy you'll think you're already eating dessert!
Garlic mashed potatoes and turkey are a perfect union. For seasoning, I like to experiment with different flavors of sea salt—dulse seaweed sea salt from Maine, or Nantucket's smoked black lava sea salt. Artisanal salt makers have revived this colonial craft, and it tastes so good.
- Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Don’t be put off by the number of cloves—roasting garlic mellows its flavor and brings out a nutty sweetness, taking these potatoes from bland to brilliant.
- Recipe: Oyster Stuffing
Stuffing is probably already a regular guest at your Thanksgiving meal. This year, try inviting smoked mussels, along with some zesty sausage, for a tasty change.