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The main event isn't just about the ham or turkey, there are all the sides to think about too. Get some inspiration from this handful of side dishes like scalloped corn, sweet potatoes, glazed carrots, dressing, soups, salads and much more.

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By laurenzembron

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (55 Votes)
Butternut Squash Soup 1 Picture
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Servings 4
Preparation time 5
Cooking time 35

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow or white onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, preferably organic, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups butternut squash, preferably organic, peeled and diced 1-inch
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large sweet apple, preferably organic, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup apple cider, preferably organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

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  • 16 cups crustless bread, 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dried apricots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • Salt and pepper
4.6/5 (7 Votes)

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Seriously, these are the best cheesy scalloped potatoes, made with two types of cheese

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon. salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) block sharp cheddar cheese,shredded and divided
  • 1 (4-ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 3 pounds medium russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
4.5/5 (23 Votes)

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This cheesy spinach casserole is the perfect side to compliment any meal

  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, squeeze to remove as much water as possible.
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, fresh grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 cup Asiago cheese, shredded, divided
4.7/5 (31 Votes)

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Honey amplifies the natural sugars of the caramelized vegetables in this dish

  • 2 cups peeled sweet potato, coarsely chopped (about 1-large)
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled turnip, coarsely chopped (about 2-medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups parsnip, coarsely chopped (about 2-medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, coarsely chopped (about 2-medium)
  • 1/4 cup tupelo honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 shallots, halved
  • Cooking spray
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Butternut squash, ricotta, spinach and spices are combined to perfection in these stuffed pasta shells, enjoy!

  • 1 (12-ounce) package jumbo pasta shells (about 24 shells total)
  • 2 cups of ricotta
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 fresh smashed garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach (squeezed and drained)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Roasted squash, around 2 cups
  • grated lemon peel
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 10 sage leaves
  • Fresh lemon juice
4.4/5 (542 Votes)

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Freshly sliced orange gives this candied yam recipe a citrusy twist to this traditional winter recipe

  • 3-pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and sliced crosswise in 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
4.5/5 (88 Votes)

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Everyone loves roasted Brussel sprouts

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds Brussel sprouts
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 10 to 20 cranks fresh ground pepper
4.6/5 (81 Votes)

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This Tennessee version of a corn pudding recipe I created has Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey added to the ingredient...

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 (15 1/4-ounce) cans whole kernel white corn
  • 2 (14 3/4-ounce) cans cream-style white corn
  • 1 small green jalapeño pepper, chopped fine, remove seeds if you want less heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4.5/5 (73 Votes)

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This recipe comes from Food Network's Ina Garten

  • 16 extra-large white mushrooms (I used large Portobellos or creminis)
  • 5 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Marsala wine or medium sherry
  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casings (I used turkey sausage)
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cup panko crumbs
  • 5 ounces mascarpone cheese, preferably from Italy
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4.5/5 (59 Votes)

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Adapted from a couple different recipes for Cauliflower gratin, but decided to roast cauliflower and add caramelize

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken up into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 large sweet yellow onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, grated (white cheddar and parmesan is good mix use something that's "sharp" Asiago or aged cheddar).
  • Pepper
4.5/5 (55 Votes)

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The Amazing Crock Pot Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes! This simple recipe is perfect for a great weeknight or anytime...

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 2 pounds ham
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion, optional
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
4/5 (98 Votes)

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A fresh Chopped Winter Salad is a great side to any meal you will have this winter! Comfort food can be healthy, ev...

  • DRESSING:
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 cups red cabbage, sliced
  • 1 Fuji apple, large, halved, cored, diced
  • 1 Asian pear, halved, cored, diced
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped, optional
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil, sub extra-virgin olive oil if desired
4.4/5 (48 Votes)

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This slow-cooker cornbread will amaze you with its deliciousness and just how easy it is to make

  • 2 (6.5-ounce) packages Martha White Yellow Cornbread & Muffin Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 slices two day old bread, crusts removed
  • 1 medium onion, about 3/4 cup, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of Campbell's 98% Fat-Free Chicken Soup
  • 1 or 2 (10.5-ounce) cans Campbell's Chicken Broth, depending on how moist you like your dressing
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 stick salted butter, divided
  • Salt, to taste
4.8/5 (16 Votes)

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Slightly sweet and savory salad of carrots, sugar snap peas and slivered almonds with a Sherry dill vinaigrette

  • 1 ⁄4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups uncooked carrots, rainbow variety, cut into 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices
  • 1 cup uncooked sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 1 ⁄4 cup uncooked shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, or white wine vinegar
  • 1 medium garlic clove, peeled, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
5/5 (1 Votes)

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