16 Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Need to Make This Holiday

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired November 05, 2015

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it! Now is the fun part – deciding what delicious sides you’re going to wow your family and friends with! Check out our list of 16 of the most delicious sides we’ve ever tasted!

No. 1: Marc Murphy's Zucchini, Pecorino, and Mint Salad

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This creative salad features zucchini cut into spaghetti-like strands tossed with a dressing of olive oil, lemon and mint and topped with shaved pecorino. Your guests will flock to this light dish amid a table of heavier items.

No. 2: Spicy Herb-Roasted Haricots Verts

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These spicy roasted green beans are a flavorful and healthy addition to the Thanksgiving meal.

No. 3: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar

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These quick-cooking brussels sprouts are mouthwateringly delish and pair excellently with turkey and mashed potatoes.

No. 4: Lemon & Olive Oil Potatoes

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You’d be surprised to see how much the simple addition of olive oil and lemon juice can transform simple boiled potatoes! This quick and delicious dish will let you focus on preparing the bird, and is cooked on the stove top so it won’t take up oven space.

No. 5: Kelsey Nixon's Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Vinaigrette

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These roasted root vegetables are a colorful, flavorful, nutritious and simple addition to your holiday table. The apple cider vinaigrette adds an unexpected brightness.

No. 6: Cheesy Cauliflower

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Creamy mashed cauliflower blended with herbed Boursin cheese makes for a side dish the whole family will love! It's also easy to prep ahead.

Tip: Don't bother to chop up the cauliflower -- if you cook it with half a cup of liquid (water or stock) in a tightly covered pan, the steam will cook it through, and you can just mash it up.

No. 7: Chef Ludo’s Potato Cake with Onions

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If you have the time, and you want to wow your dinner guests, make Ludo's spiral-layered potato cake. By cooking this glamourous "cake" slowly in clarified butter, you will achieve a French "confit."

No. 8: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange

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Adding all-fruit orange preserves to mashed sweet potato will make your guests say, hmmm, wondering where the citrus-y undertones came from.

No. 9: Sauteed Broccoleaf

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We all feel stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner, so why not lighten the meal up with broccoleaf sautéed with olive oil and garlic.

No. 10: Jacques Pépin's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Be careful when you make these delectable garlic mashed potatoes -- your family will demand you make them every year! But since the recipe couldn't be easier, we say go for it!

No. 11: Carla Hall’s Candied Acorn Squash

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This candied acorn squash is beautiful on the table and the caramel complements the natural sweetness of the squash.

No. 12: Ryan Scott's Green Bean Casserole with Celery Root and Bacon

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If your family loves green bean casserole, but you want to change it up, try this updated version with a homemade celery root and mushroom cream sauce, and breadcrumbs combined with fried onions for the topping. Yum!

No. 13: Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes

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We're about to blow your mind with this mashed potato recipe. A combination of mashed potatoes and parsnips gets kicked up with additions including blue cheese, herbs, sour cream and more.

No. 14: Jesse and Jilly Lagasse’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

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This roasted vegetable recipe shared by Emeril Lagasse's daughter, gets a kick with cayenne, cinnamon and brown sugar.

No. 15: Curtis Stone’s Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

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This sophisticated Gratin will impress every guest at your Thanksgiving meal.

No. 16: Curtis Stone’s Baked Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta

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These are basically mashed potatoes with bacon, but doesn't pancetta sound fancier? A secret ingredient -- mascarpone cheese adds a sweet creamy flavor.

What’s your must-have Thanksgiving side? Share below, and watch below to learn how to make Ryan Scott's elevated green bean casserole:

Ryan Scott's Green Bean Casserole with Celery Root and Bacon

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