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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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing

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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.

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Crowd Pleasing Pumpkin Cheesecake

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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.

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15-Minute Spiked Cranberry Sauce

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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.

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6 Ways to Dress Up Mashed Potatoes

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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.

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8-Minute Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

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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.

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Easy Apple Crisp

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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.

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