POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Totally Unexpected Thanksgiving Sides

Nov 25 2014 - 11:30am

Sure, you've got Thanksgiving recipes that are never to be messed with (mom's secret gravy, for instance). But every now and then, we love the idea of chucking tradition for unique dishes that bring that wow factor to the table. Sides are a great way to do that, because, let's be real, sometimes mashed potatoes deserve an upgrade. Ahead, check out 10 of our favorites and incorporate them into your recipe arsenal this holiday!

Photos: Susannah Chen, Nicole Perry, Sarah Lipoff, and Anna Monette Roberts

Stuffing Muffins

We bet you've never seen stuffing like this before. These muffins [1] are just so cute, plus they're easier to serve and have more of those delectable crispy edges than the regular ole thing.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pesto Mashed Potatoes

Pesto, please! Basic mashed potatoes get an upgrade [2] that's really simple to do.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Millet, Lentil, and Pomegranate Salad

So much about this salad [3] is unusual for a Thanksgiving side, from its millet to its lentils to its pomegranate seeds. Just the way we like it.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Add a little kick to pumpkin soup with an Indian twist [4] that fuses ginger, curry powder, and coconut milk.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Miso Collard Greens

Instead of the typical green bean casserole, go for some Southern/Asian-style miso greens [5] topped with spicy sriracha sauce.

Candied Acorn Squash Rings

Ditch candied yams this year for candied acorn squash rings [6]. Sugar and whiskey combine for a flavor that's all grown up.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Caramelized Celery Root Puree With Toasted Hazelnuts

An earthy dish (and easy way to eat veggies), celery root puree [7] receives a nutty crunch from the hazelnuts.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Wild Rice Stuffing

Call it stuffing or dressing — either way, this wild rice stuffing [8] will surprise and satisfy with its combination of wild rice, brown rice, mushrooms, and butter.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Squash Casserole

Southern cuisine meets West Coast ingredients for a take on squash casserole [9] that guests won't forget.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Herbed Feta Biscuits

Buttermilk biscuits have nothing on this feta-studded herbed take [10] that will disappear before you know it.

Photo: Nicole Perry

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