10 Unexpected Side Dishes That Will Elevate Your Turkey Day to Pro Level

Thanksgiving dinner is hands down the best obligatory meal of the year. From the lovingly prepared food to the slow unearthing of long-buried family secrets, there’s no better time to enjoy the talents of your tongue than at a table full of strangers who you’re related to by blood or zip codes. And while the standard fare of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes are considered perfection by many, our belief is that this A-team of heavy starches can be elevated with the addition of a few simple side dishes. Be the hero your dad never was with these unexpectedly delicious dishes that all but guarantee you won’t be chosen for dish duty.

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