That big, shiny, steaming turkey presented so beautifully on the center of the table might have everyone’s attention on Thanksgiving Day, but the side dishes that compliment it are just as important. Here is a list of some Thanksgiving favorites.

1. Mashed Potatoes
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Quite possibly America’s favorite comfort food, you can’t go wrong with these heavenly dish. Try using buttermilk or garlic flavor and don’t forget the gravy, which just makes them even better. These usually go the quickest, so fill up your plate while they last.

2. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
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Whether it’s baked, creamy, fried or spicy, this cheesy dish will have guests of all ages coming back for more. Being homemade, it is anything but your typical mac and cheese from a box.

3. Cornbread
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You really can’t go wrong with this simple, yet essential Thanksgiving side dish. It’s simplicity allows you to add your own twist. Turn typical cornbread into cornbread muffins, or maybe try a Mexican recipe- add jalapenos to spice things up…literally.

4. Stuffing
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It isn’t Thanksgiving unless there’s stuffing on the table. There’s many different options for this side dish- you can actually stuff the turkey with it, or just serve it alongside your meat and other sides. Add vegetables, fruit, meat, herbs (or a combination!) to create an exceptional turkey recipe.

5. Cranberry Sauce
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Some people love it, some people hate it. Either way it is a Thanksgiving classic and who can deny how pretty it looks sitting on the table with all those other delectable dishes?

6. Vegetables
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Boring? Not on Thanksgiving! Jazz up your typical side dishes, like corn and green beans, by turning them into casseroles, throwing in some extra ingredients, or pairing them with other menu items. Some great examples are green beans with lemon and garlic, green been casserole, corn and asparagus salad, and honey glazed carrots.

7. A Hearty And Delicious Soup
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Some of the best Thanksgiving soups are Ginger Carrot, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Garden Vegetable, Leek Potato, and Roasted Tomato Basil.


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