While these tried and true recipes for everything from mashed potatoes to green bean casserole are delightfully yummy, sometimes it is just time for an update. Of course, problems do then arise in satisfying the traditionalists while providing some sort of change for those craving something new.
The best route in catering to all is to make minor changes to your already tested recipes, like using the same ingredients but with a different cooking method or adding some additional flavors to your existing dish. Think mashed potatoes gone funky with some truffle oil, or stuffing kicked up with spicy chorizo. These minor changes can add just the right amount of new flavor for those in need of it, but are near enough to the staples to please even the most stubborn of Thanksgiving guests.
Read on for our favorite upgrades to Thanksgiving side dishes, and let us know what personal and unique spins you put on your holiday dishes in the comments section!