Thanksgiving is all about eating lots of delicious, hearty comfort food with people you love (or the people who RSVP’d, anyway.) But a turkey or ham main course can only take you so far, and the real champions of the holiday are the sides. They’re also the part a host is most likely to go a little overboard on, picking out unbelievably complicated recipes in order to really wow their guests.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Sides can be simple, delicious and totally not boring, and the oven can do most of the work for you. We found some sides any guest would love to eat, and all of them can be prepped in 10 minutes or less. We’ve got healthy sides, indulgent sides, sweet sides and savory. Now all you have to worry about is what you’ll do with all that extra time.
From cheesy jalapeño poppers to roasted figgy potatoes, start planning your feast now.
A version of this post was originally published November 2017.