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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. And don’t forget the simple sauteed vegetables — a favorite on our table!

(Don’t miss these darling Thanksgiving Turkey Cinnamon Rolls!)

Unique Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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

1. Squash soup in a Pumpkin Bowl

From Snack Girl

Imagine serving this delicious soup as an appetizer in tiny pumpkins. Talk about a show stopper. Guests would forget turkey was to follow!

2. Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes

From See Mom Click

Easy to make and so flavorful, they’re a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!

3. Chilly Lime Corn Salad

From Lovely Little Kitchen

This is a yummy side dish that can be easily doubled or made the night before.

4. Haricot Vert {Green Beans with Garlic & Toasted Almonds}

From Simplify, Live, Love

These thin green beans are absolute heaven.

5. Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

From The Grant Life

These have more flavor than normal mashed potatoes but take less effort to make!

6. Parmesan Panko Mashed Potatoes

From Napoleon Grills

These are baked after they’re mashed and panko gives the dish a nice, light but crunchy texture on top.

7. 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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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.