Standout sides

Cheesy casseroles, oven-roasted veggies, fresh salads, and more ― pick one or several for your holiday meal

Cauliflower Gratin with Queso Cotija
Cotija is a salty, crumbly cheese, available in Mexican markets and many well-stocked supermarkets. You can use jack cheese and feta instead, if you have trouble finding Cotija.

Oven-roasted Roots
This simple classic uses potatoes, carrots, and onions, but you can also include or substitute other root vegetables like baby turnips, parsnips, and chunks of leeks.

Artichokes and Spinach au Gratin
As a shortcut for this delicious dish you can use frozen spinach and artichoke hearts instead of fresh.

Poached Pear, Macadamia, and Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
A runner-up in Sunset's 2005 Thanksgiving recipe contest, this salad has also gotten 5-star reviews from readers using sunset.com's Kitchen Assistant recipe tool.

Baby Leeks in Wine Sauce
These leeks can be served warm or at room temperature. Make them a day ahead to save time.

Garlic Green Beans with Manchego
From prep to serving, this one's ready in only 15 minutes.

Potato, Leek, and Mushroom Gratin
If you like a little decadence on your holiday table, this cream- and cheese-rich favorite is for you.

Roasted Beets with Orange Vinaigrette
Thanks to its ruby-red color, this sweet and tangy salad looks beautiful on the table.

Trio of Peas with Pearl Onions
Tossed with a little melted butter and rosemary, this medley makes a light, fresh side dish.

Roasted Kabocha Squash Bowl with Autumn Vegetables
Winner "Best Side Dish" in Sunset's 2005 Thanksgiving recipe contest. Also works well as a vegetarian main course.

Red Onion Confit with Merlot and Balsamic Vinegar
Soft, sweet, and a little tart, this confit makes a wonderful condiment for roast turkey. Make it up to 3 days ahead and reheat before serving.

Creamed Spinach Gratin
This great potluck dish can be made up to a day ahead and needs just a few minutes under the broiler to be hot, crunchy, and ready for the table.

The best mashed potatoes
Choose from a dozen great recipes for the ultimate comfort food.

Savory Thanksgiving Popovers
Homemade popovers really can be just as easy to make as those from a mix. And these popovers make delicious use of pan drippings from the turkey.

Caraway-Bacon Potatoes
Caraway seeds are a great match for potatoes, adding lively flavor and crunch.

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