Change how you cook the Thanksgiving bird and there may be mutiny at the table. But toss a wild-card side or two into the mix and you’ll be a holiday hero!

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1. Baked Parsnip-Potato Mash with Fried Sage Leaves

baked parsnip potato mash with fried sage leaves
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

Parsnips add a hint of sweetness to these rich, creamy mashed potatoes—and fried sage leaves make pretty much anything better.

2. Farro Stuffing with Roasted Mushrooms & Cauliflower

farro stuffing with roasted mushrooms cauliflower
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

Hearty farro stands in for bread in this riff on the classic.

3. Twice-Cooked Sweet Potatoes with Fried Rosemary & Garlic Chips

twice cooked sweet potatoes with fried rosemary garlic chips
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

No marshmallows here: Topped with caramelized onions and crispy garlic, this side is seriously savory (and seriously good!).

4. Radicchio & Citrus Salad

radicchio and citrus salad
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Hello, gorgeous! This salad combines bitter radicchio with sweet sliced fruit and is a nice complement to all that starch.

Recipe: Try Our Radicchio & Citrus Salad

5. Shaved Fennel & Sunchoke Salad with Mustard Seed "Caviar"

shaved fennel sunchoke salad with mustard seed caviar
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Quick-pickled mustard seeds make this salad feel super fancy and taste super tangy.

6. Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole with Stuffing Croutons

creamy brussels sprouts casserole with stuffing croutons
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

This rich side takes its flavor cues from green bean casserole. Plus, who doesn't want stuffing croutons?

7. Roasted Shallot & Grape Relish

roasted shallot grape relish
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This sweet-savory dish is a fun alternative to classic cranberry sauce.

8. Roasted Carrots with Everything-Bagel Seasoning

roasted carrots with everything bagel seasoning
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

These super-delicious glazed carrots are everything. (See what we did there?)

9. Pomegranate-Glazed Beets

pomegranate glazed beets
Credit: Photography by Johnny Miller

Pomegranate molasses is the secret ingredient in these sweet and tangy beets.

Recipe: Try Our Pomegranate-Glazed Beets