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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

With Side Dishes This Good, Who Needs Turkey?

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From rich goat cheese stuffing to sweet potatoes with cheese and herbs to light, flavorful salads, fill your Thanksgiving table with side dishes that are so good they just might show up the turkey.

All of these recipes include cheese, some in a big way - like Mushroom and Gruyere Stuffing - and other recipes merely add it as a garnish as the end.

1. Stuffing

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You can almost make an entire meal out of any of these filling and flavorful stuffings. In fact, they can be made all year round, either as a main or side dish. If you make one of these savory stuffings, hope for leftovers so you can warm some up the next day for breakfast for lunch.

2. Potatoes and Squash

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Thanksgiving isn't complete without mashed potatoes, but there's always room at the table for another potato side dish. And if you're not a fan of sweet potatoes with marshmallows, then you're going to love this updated idea for sweet potatoes.

3. Salads

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A salad doesn't always make an appearance on the Thanksgiving table, but the fresh flavor of raw greens and veggies balances out all the rich dishes on the table. Instead of settling for a plain green salad, try one of these creative recipes.

4. Vegetables

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There's nothing wrong with traditional green bean casserole, but if you're craving something new then one of these sides is worth trying. All are unique yet comforting and likely to satisfy everyone at the table.

5. Leftovers

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If you're lucky, there will be enough food leftover from the big celebration to carry you through the holiday weekend. Even the biggest turkey lovers can get sick of turkey sandwiches, though. When you start getting tired of turkey, try one of the recipes below that take turkey in a totally new flavor direction.
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