At Thanksgiving, nostalgia rules. If you’re not careful to serve all the usual suspects, you’ll hear cries of “Where’s the sweet potato casserole?” “What about the green beans?” “But we always have glazed carrots!” As a cook, you’re stuck between a rock and your desire to have fun in the kitchen trying new things.
Here’s a plan that’ll satisfy your craving for fresh flavors without letting anyone down. (And no, we’re not suggesting you give up the turkey or mashed potatoes.) We’ve taken six traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and given them modern makeovers. So everyone wins: Cooks are happy that they can play a little, and guests get to have their favorites—just better.
Green Beans with Crispy Pancetta, Mushrooms, and Shallots
The onion-topped green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving mainstay. This version, while full of familiar flavors, is a bit more elegant, and dare we say it, a lot more flavorful.
Roasted Turnips with Maple and Cardamom
For those who can’t imagine turkey without a side of mashed turnips, here’s a new take on the vegetable. An intriguing sauce laced with coriander and cardamom gives the dish surprising complexity.