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<p>Three Cheese Blackberry Pesto Pizza. Although cranberries are the token sweet of Thanksgiving, I triple dog dare you to serve up this three cheese blackberry pesto pizza. (Photo: Gretchen Bossio)</p>

Thanksgiving side dishes that will make your guests extra thankful

Whether turkey or ham or another main dish will grace your table this Thanksgiving, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s side dishes that really make the meal.

Perhaps it’s Aunt Sally’s famous yams or your sister’s special bacon-wrapped know exactly what makes your mouth water as soon as the calendar turns to November. Personally, I could gobble down an entire plate of side dishes and completely skip the turkey! After all, who needs turkey when you can load up on all the other goodies?

This round-up of amazing side dishes will surely make your Thanksgiving crew extra thankful. From fancy Brussels sprouts (oh yes, you have to add these to your menu!) to a surprise pizza option, you can thank me now for introducing you to these time-tested and truly loved holiday side dishes.

Green Bean Bundles

Gluten, dairy, and soy free these green bean bundles are BACON-WRAPPED with a brown sugar glaze. Trust me, there is no better way to enjoy green beans.

Brussels Sprouts with Pepitas and Figs

I recently had these at a gathering and immediately asked for the recipe. The following week my mom and I made them as a side to parmesan crusted chicken. Next these Brussels sprouts with pepitas and figs will make an appearance at Thanksgiving. I don’t even like Brussels sprouts and I love these!

Cauliflower Low Carb Paleo Vegan Stuffing

It’s hard to eat keto at Thanksgiving. So. Many. Carbs. So, give this cauliflower stuffing a whirl to help balance to the heaviness of holiday foods.

Three Cheese Blackberry Pesto Pizza

Although cranberries are the token sweet of Thanksgiving, I triple dog dare you to serve up this three cheese blackberry pesto pizza. It’s more of a flatbread than a true pizza and acts as a delicious appetizer while you wait for your Thanksgiving meal to be served.

Lemon-Ginger Glazed Yams

Whenever I need a solid recipe, I turn to my dear friend Jeanette. She knows how to take a basic ingredient like yams and bring them up a level. I mean, yams enhanced with lemon-ginger? Yes please!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Herbed Mushroom Stuffing

You know those foodie friends who are always experimenting and perfecting recipes? That’s exactly how I stumbled upon this sweet potato casserole with herbed mushroom stuffing. It’s vegan and A+. If it’s a casserole you’re looking for, this is the one you want!

Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce comes highly recommended. So put that can of jelly back and gather your bourbon and vanilla!

Salmon Cheese Ball

As the bird and side dishes rotate through the oven, set out a little pre-meal option like this salmon cheese ball. I only make it during the holidays and it’s my husband’s favorite!

Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

Who wants mashed potatoes when you can have scalloped ones? This recipe is a staple at both our Thanksgiving and Christmas table.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Your Thanksgiving absolutely deserves some fresh greens! And, I’ll confess, salads that pair goat cheese and a berry or fruit are always my top pick. If you don’t have strawberries on hand, consider sliced nectarines or pears.