Food News | 5 Tasty Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or just in charge of bringing the pumpkin pie, this holiday is best spent inside the kitchen. Below, we have compiled five easy recipes for side dishes designed to perfectly accompany the turkey, and ones that are both traditional and unique! For more fun recipes, be sure to check out Country Living’s ultimate list. And, wherever you feast this Thanksgiving, we wish you a happy holiday spent with friends, family and food!

1. Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8

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1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for muffin pans
1 1/4-oz package active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
4 cups self-rising flour, spooned and leveled
2/3 cup chopped tender herbs (such as parsley, basil, dill and chives)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter two 12-cup standard muffin pans
Combine yeast, sugar and water.
Let stand until foamy, 4 to 6 minutes (if mixture does not foam, discard and start again).
Stir in flour, herbs, egg, salt and butter.
Transfer batter to muffin pans.
Bake until golden, 20 to 24 minutes.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 to 12

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2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
2 tbsps olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss together Brussels sprouts, oil and vinegar on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast, stirring once in the last five minutes, until tender and lightly browned, fifteen to twenty minutes.

3. Squash Casserole

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serving Size: 10 to 12

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6 tbsps unsalted butter, divided plus more for a pan
10 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup whole milk
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1 large eat, beaten
2 cups crumbled butter crackers (approximately 40)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add squash, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Drain and roughly chop mixture; reserve.
Add soup and milk to pot and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, until melted.
Stir in egg and reserved squash mixture.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Add crackers and toss to coat. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake until golden and bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

4. Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 8

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4 whole allspice berries
2 whole star anise
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Zest strips from 1/2 orange

Gather allspice and star anise in a 4-inch square of cheesecloth and tie into a sachet.
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water.
Add sachet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid begins to bubble, for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
Return pot to stove over medium-high heat and add cranberries and zest.
Cook until cranberries just begin to pop, for about 7 minutes.
Discard sachet.
Transfer sauce to a medium serving container and refrigerate until chilled, for 1 hour or up to 3 days.

5. Apple Walnut Stuffing

Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 to 10

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3/4 lb. mild ground pork sausage
1 medium sweet onion
2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup celery
2 large garlic cloves
1 cup toasted walnut
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsps fresh sage
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly grounded pepper
12 cups assorted bread cubes
2 1/2 cups low sodium turkey or chicken broth
1/4 cups melted butter

Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat for six minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink.
Add apples, celery and garlic cloves, sautéfor five minutes or until the apples are tender.
Stir in walnuts, parsley, sage, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
Transfer into a large bowl. Let cool for ten minutes.
Fold in bread and broth until well blended.
Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13×9-inch baking pan.
Brush top generously with butter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
Garnish, if desired!

Neighborhood Guide | Central Park South

Central Park South may only stretch three blocks, but the neighborhood never sees a shortage of activity. Extending from Columbus Circle to Fifth Avenue along the southern border of Central Park, the block is bordered on one side by the park’s plentiful trees and winding paths, and by the glamorous and busy buildings of the city on the other.

Aside from gorgeous views that the park offers with each changing season, the neighborhood is abuzz with renowned restaurants, architecturally ornate buildings and more. Check out some of its world-class destinations below!

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40 Central Park South

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For contemporary American fare and an inviting atmosphere, visit Sarabeth’s at one of its most well-known destinations. The neighborhood staple stands just across the street from Central Park; plan your morning, afternoon or evening around this bustling sidewalk café!

240 Central Park South

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The highly-acclaimed Marea serves Chef Michael White’s fresh interpretation of coastal seafood. The menu is modeled off of a map of the sea, offering crudo, oysters, antipasti and the chef’s award-winning hand-made pastas. The restaurant is the recipient of two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, and has been recognized by Bon Appetit, Esquire, GQ Magazines and Zagat.


Galeries Bartoux
104 Central Park South

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An established staple to the art market since 1993, Galeries Bartoux promotes international contemporary artists and represents a varied collection of their works. The gallery also has locations in France and abroad, and showcases some of the best artwork from the 20th century to today.

Central Park

No matter the season, Central Park stands as an outdoor oasis for all residents and visitors of the concrete jungle, with its blooming fields in the spring and ice skating rinks in the winter. Take a guided tour of its historic grounds, attend a Summer Stage concert or amble its winding paths at your own leisure!


The Plaza Boutique & Beauty Shoppe
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

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Situated inside the renowned Plaza Hotel is a collection of some of the city’s finest shops, offering everything from perfume and jewelry to artwork and more. Browse for gifts, souvenirs and simple indulgences inside one of the world’s most famous hotels!

Danielli Fine Jewelry
160 Central Park South

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For over 26 years, Danielli Fine Jewelry has dazzled both locals and guests from abroad with its carefully curated selection of upscale exquisite jewelry. Offering a showcase of brilliant diamonds, gold, precious stones and pearls, this magnificent shop inside the JW Marriot Essex House Hotel presents personalized service to both jewelry novices and experienced collectors alike.


exhale New York 
150 Central Park South

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Situated on Central Park South, exhale New York stands as a spa sanctuary, yoga studio and workout space all in one. The schedule of classes includes Barre, Cardio, Yoga and HIIT, and the spa wing accommodates facials, massage, waxing, acupuncture, manicures and pedicures.

New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South

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This private social athletic club was founded in 1866, and today upholds its inherent air of exclusivity, as membership is available by invitation only. Those of you with the lucky ticket can participate in the club’s many sports, including rowing, wrestling, fencing, judo, swimming, basketball, soccer, squash and more!