Easy Thanksgiving Sides

 Thanksgiving, Holidays, Recipes, Special Occasions
on November 21, 2011
Pumpkin Cheddar Grits
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Big meal, little time—it’s Thanksgiving again. And as we all know, the big meal is really about the sides. Here we feature side dishes that are doable, don’t require a kitchen redesign and won’t take you the entire month or culinary classes to prepare.

They can be done with just one oven, and a lot of them can be made ahead. They won’t scare the kids or the adults expecting a traditional spread. Butternut squash and tomatoes meld their flavors in a creamy bisque, roasted beets and walnuts star in a pungent salad, mascarpone and celery root spruce up mashed potatoes, and broccoli rabe provides a nice bitter contrast to its rich surroundings.

—By Crescent Dragonwagon