5 Holiday Side Dishes Reinvented

You know what's funny about Thanksgiving? The turkey is the centerpiece, but I've never heard someone freak out over the turkey. People lose words over the yams, or the string beans, or the mashed potatoes. And don't get me started on the gravy or the pie. Thanksgiving is an ensemble piece, not a one-bird show, so with that in mind I thought I'd bring you a round-up of some of my favorite side dishes to add a new flavor to your Thanksgiving feast. Hope you enjoy! mvp-header
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Sweet, caramelized, roasted carrots and crunchy chickpeas get covered in a African chili rub, resulting in an explosion of texture and taste. for full recipe.
Crunchy, spicy, warm, and just a touch sweet, this dish has it all. A true break from tradition, perfect as a side dish this season, or any. for the full recipe.
  With a classic combination of autumnal ingredients, this salad gets an additional flavor punch with a unique maple-tinged dressing. for full recipe.
  Luxuriously rich yet surprisingly simple, this soup is a textural dream and a perfect addition to your holiday feast.  for full recipe.
  A bright and crunchy salad with an Asian kick, this is definitely a new twist on an old standby you need to try.  for full recipe.
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