There’s one truth that any Thanksgiving aficionado can tell you: The best part of Thanksgiving dinner has nothing to do with the turkey. Why settle for meat that’s usually dry as a bone (unless you rely on some never-fail turkey tips) when a selection of scrumptious sides awaits your taste buds?
That’s right, other than dessert (we’re team pie every time), side dishes are the true stars of this feast. They give us the opportunity to sample all sorts of flavors and textures, from creamy root vegetable gratin to refreshing pear and blue cheese salad. We make it a point to make more side dishes than it seems possible to finish. Because guess what? They get finished every year no matter how many we make. It’s also nice to have leftovers in the fridge all week.
Of course, these aren’t just any sides. They’re recipes from the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. No one is better at putting a gourmet twist on home cooking, and these memorable Thanksgiving recipes (paired with must-have kitchen tools and/or ingredients) are no exception.
A version of this article was originally published November 2018. It was updated in November 2020.
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