Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote ». Ariana Lindquist

When planning a Thanksgiving menu, one of the first things I think about as a chef is how to get as much variety as possible on the table. At my family’s Thanksgiving, this happens through sheer volume, but even three-dish menus can be filled with complimentary flavors. Turkey is a wonderfully versatile bird that lends itself to a range of treatments. And with sides, the sky’s the limit. —Mary Sue Milliken


Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy

Celery root brings an earthy dimension to the stuffing for this crisp-skinned bird, which is dressed in a white wine, giblet, and mushroom gravy.

Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots

Shallots are quick-pickled and sautéed with green beans in this refreshing side.
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Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is braised in bacon drippings and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side.

Sweet Noodle Kugel

Kugel—the creamy egg noodle casserole that’s a staple of Jewish holiday cooking&dmash;gets a Midwestern topping of cornflakes in this Thanksgiving side dish.
This satisfying side is made of homemade croutons, tomatoes, and pecorino cheese.

Pear and Ginger Pie with Streusel Topping

Fresh ginger gives the filling of this pear pie a warming kick of spice, balanced by the buttery crumble of sweet streusel.

Braised Turkey in Green Mole

Deconstructed turkey braised in a refreshing green mole provides a light and quick alternative to the standard Thanksgiving bird. Get the recipe for Braised Turkey in Green Mole »

Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey

Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish.

Red Rice

Perfect for soaking up the sauce from braised turkey in green mole, this rice dish gets its color and flavor from bright tomato salsa.

Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Toasted cumin seeds, mint, and lime juice intensify the sweetness of simple baked root vegetables. Get the recipe for Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips»
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Spicy Cornbread Stuffing

Jalapeños and bacon add a twist to classic cornbread stuffing.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

This simple, satisfying side rounds out any Thanksgiving dinner.

Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade

Achiote paste gives the rub for this recipe a deep red hue, making for a visually striking roast holiday bird. Get the recipe for Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade »

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice.

Border Grill Sugar Cookies

Potato chips give this treat from Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill restaurant unexpected salt and crunch.