Everything but the Bird: Thanksgiving Dinner Must Haves

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Thanksgiving may be called Turkey Day, but the sides can easily make or break the meal. Here are six classic Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner a success.

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Serve these side dishes for a successful, stress-free Thanksgiving.
Serve these side dishes for a successful, stress-free Thanksgiving. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier for eHow)

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the stuffing. This make-ahead version delivers all of the traditional flavors of the classic side dish while leaving you free to focus on the turkey.

Related: Get the Recipe: Mom's Classic Make-Ahead Bread Stuffing

Stuffing is a classic side dish to offer on your Thanksgiving table.
Stuffing is a classic side dish to offer on your Thanksgiving table. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier for eHow)

Crowd Pleasing Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin pie, while traditional, is a bit predictable. Change things up on the dessert table with a pumpkin cheesecake instead. This recipe, featuring a festive swirl top, is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Related: Get the Recipe: Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin cheesecake is a refreshing update on pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin cheesecake is a refreshing update on pumpkin pie. (Image: Santy Gibson/Demand Media)

15-Minute Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is good, but spiked cranberry sauce is great – especially when it comes together in just 15 minutes. This delicious version combines the flavors of winter ale and citrus for a delicious twist on the classic.

Related: Get the Recipe: Orange Winter Ale Cranberry Sauce

Beer and cranberries make a delicious combination.
Beer and cranberries make a delicious combination. (Image: Jackie Dodd for eHow)

6 Ways to Dress Up Mashed Potatoes

Give guests options this year by featuring a mashed potatoes bar. It’s an easy way to offer variations of the classic while also pleasing a crowd. Here are six ways guests can customize their Thanksgiving Day spuds.

Related: Get the Recipes: Variations on Mashed Potatoes

Offer guests flexibility and creativity with a mashed potatoes bar.
Offer guests flexibility and creativity with a mashed potatoes bar. (Image: Louisa Shafia for eHow)

8-Minute Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

It’s always a good idea to feature something green on the Thanksgiving menu. When it comes to side dishes, it doesn’t get any easier than these green beans, which come together in just eight minutes.

Related: Get the Recipe: Green Beans with Crushed Toasted Almonds

Green beans offer a lighter option alongside heavier side dishes.
Green beans offer a lighter option alongside heavier side dishes. (Image: Louisa Shafia for eHow)

Easy Apple Crisp

If you’re looking for a dessert that features the delicious flavors of apple pie but none of the effort, then look no further. No pie dough required with this easy apple crisp.

Related: Get the Recipe: Autumn Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is easier to make than apple pie but just as tasty.
Apple crisp is easier to make than apple pie but just as tasty. (Image: Jennifer Farley for eHow)

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