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7 Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the side dishes. I love them even more than the turkey. And what I love most is how creative you can get with them – even if you use the traditional thanksgiving side dishes as your foundation. Here are some recipes for unique Thanksgiving side dishes. They include a squash soup, rosemary mashed sweet potatoes, Parmesan panko mashed potatoes, spicy lime corn salad, green beans with toasted almonds and Masala cranberry mango sauce.

Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes


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Here are some unique side dish recipes from some of my favorite bloggers:

Squash soup in a Pumpkin Bowl from A Day in Our Shoes: Imagine serving this delicious soup as an appetizer in tiny pumpkins. Talk about a show stopper. Guests would forget turkey was to follow!

Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Pandora’s Deals: Easy to make and so flavorful, they’re a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

Spicy Lime Corn Salad from Thirty One 10: This is a yummy side dish that can be easily doubled or made the night before. 

Haricot Vert {Green Beans with Garlic & Toasted Almonds} from Simplify, Live, Love: These thin green beans are absolute heaven.

Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes from The Grant Life: These have more flavor than normal mashed potatoes but take less effort to make!

Parmesan Panko Mashed Potatoes from Couponing & Cooking: These are baked after they’re mashed and panko gives the dish a nice, light but crunchy texture on top.

Masala Cranberry Mango Sauce from Food Done Right: Making your home cranberry sauce is so simple. Infusing Indian flavors like masala are a great way to take it to a whole new level.

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What’s your favorite side dish to serve with Thanksgiving dinner?

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.