stuffed acorn squash photo by carmen troesser

10 Thanksgiving starters and sides for a strong supporting cast

Thanksgiving may look a little (or a lot) different this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still dazzle your (very small number of) guests with some fine home cooking. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday recipes to help see you through. The following recipes are meant to serve as starters or sides, but keep an eye out for our upcoming features on desserts and leftovers, as well as our round-up of main course ideas.


Deliver all the flavors of a freshly stuffed turkey without the hassle of the bird with stuffed acorn squash. Make a classic from Five Bistro with Grandma Jean's Thanksgiving dressing, and continue paying homage to Gram with these cute little potato dumplings.


Why serve basic dinner rolls when you can go above and beyond with molasses-laced and seed-topped anadama rolls?







    


anadama rolls // photo by laura miller



Give a taste of the Deep South with New Orleans rice dressing from La Patisserie Chouquette's Simone Faure, or try a riff on a Baton Rouge classic with Josh Galliano's eggplant and crab dip.


You can't go wrong with mac 'n' cheese, especially this fonduta version from Annie Gunn's, but it doesn't get much easier than garlicky slow-cooker mashed potatoes.


Stick to tradition with green bean casserole, but make it vegan to be more inclusive of those with dietary restrictions. On that note, keep it fresh, light and healthy with Pastaria's orange salad.



vegan green bean casserole // photo by carmen troesser



With all these recipes in hand, you should be equipped to feed the fam. But if preparing a slew of dishes for the big event seems daunting, check out our list of 11 takeout meals to make Thanksgiving a little easier this year.

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