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This year add some of these unique side dishes to your menu for new takes on sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, and more. And with gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free options, it’s easy to meet your guests’ dietary needs.

Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts

For a lighter take on classic sweet potato casserole, bake up a dish of tender caramelized slices bathed in buttery sauce. Bonus: this dish is gluten-free, in addition to being irresistible.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dried Cherries

Pre-shredded Brussels sprouts provide crunchy contrast to the warm side dishes at your table. Instead of blending the Pecorino cheese into the dressing, serve it on the side to make this vegetarian salad dairy-free and vegan.

Mushroom Croissant Stuffing

Why not try a new twist on classic stuffing this year? Flaky pieces of croissant stand in for the usual bread cubes, while shiitake and baby bella mushrooms add hearty, meaty flavor. This dish might become your new holiday tradition. 

Green Beans with Gruyère Bechamel

No bake time required! Free up oven space for the rest of your sides with this lusciously creamy vegetarian casserole, which can be made entirely on the stovetop. Make this gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend for the roux and gluten-free panko. 

Balsamic-Roasted Acorn Squash

Simple yet stunning—slicing acorn squash crosswise into rounds gives this dish a beautiful presentation, while tangy balsamic glaze adds depth. Make it vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup.

Roasted Cranberry Sauce

Roast cranberries and oranges together in the oven to coax out caramelized flavor in these cool-weather fruits. Even better? The heat does the work while you reap the compliments from this hands-off, make-ahead side.

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo

Made with fire-roasted tomatoes and Spanish-style chorizo, this stuffing has an unexpectedly delicious smokiness that pairs perfectly with turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Use gluten-free cornbread if desired.

Savory Corn Pudding

Corn muffin mix and two kinds of corn—creamed and whole kernels—make this sweet-and-savory dish a side that no one will be able resist. Want to spice it up a little? Add chopped jalapeño peppers before baking.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasting whole garlic bulbs is an easy way to transform the cloves from pungent to mellow. Purée the roasted garlic and blend into creamy mashed potatoes for a rich flavorful take on a Thanksgiving staple.

Butternut Squash Bisque

Carrots add even more vibrant flavor and sweetness to this vegetarian bisque that offers all the feelings of fall in a bowl. Swirl in extra half & half just before serving to add a touch of flair. Use non-dairy half & half to make this dish dairy-free. 

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