Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Showstopping Oven-Roasted Thanksgiving Sides

It’s no secret that while the turkey holds the spotlight as the iconic symbol of Thanksgiving, the real star of the meal is the sides.  Sides have been elevated to their own level of glory, with special care put into seasoning them just right and sprinkling them with garnishes to impress (and for that glorious pre-meal instagram photo).

I live for Thanksgiving, and I condone a bit of holiday indulgence. But, between Friendsgivings and potlucks and the real-deal turkey day, there are a few recipes I’ve developed that are stunning, delicious and best of all, easy. I gave special care to allowing the simple ingredients and seasonal produce to lead the flavor profile, while also keeping health in mind.

My vegan, gluten free whole roasted carrots, green beans with hazelnuts, and smashed baked potatoes can be placed in the oven at the same time on three racks, and they roast up to perfection in the short time it takes for your turkey to rest.

Whole Roasted Carrots

These 3-ingredient carrots are the easiest of easy. Because of their sugar content, roasting carrots results in a caramelized, crunchy outer layer with a pillowy creamy center. All they need is a pinch of salt and a bit of coconut oil to bring out their natural, vibrant flavor.

Carrots with their tops still in tact are more common at standard grocers during the holiday season. If you have trouble finding them, head to the farmers market or organic grocer.

Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts

A second simple recipe, you’d never guess these savory , dressed up green beans come together with just 4 ingredients. The secret to this delicious and show-stopping side dish is to go for the fresh beans and snap off the ends right before you cook them. Their natural liquid will soften them from the inside and maintain their fresh from the garden flavor.

Topping the tender green beans with crunchy, nutty hazelnuts adds a complexity to the dish that really makes it special standout on your Thanksgiving table.

Smashed Baked Potatoes

Move over mashed potatoes! My oven roasted baked potatoes are gorgeous in a serving dish and make me feel all the gratitude feels when they mix with drips of my favorite gravy. Roasted with onions and aromatic rosemary, these crispy, creamy potatoes bring all the Thanksgiving flavor to the table.

The onions caramelize adding a sweet note to the salty, savory potatoes. Each bite finishes on a festive rosemary note that it’s 1o0% craveworthy.

Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Recipes

This trio of simple, delicious and impressive thanksgiving sides will leave your guests satisfied and grateful for a beautiful meal.

NOTE: If you would like to cook all three sides at once, preheat your oven to 35o degrees and place all three sheet pans on separate racks. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then remove green beans. Increase oven temperature to 400 and continue to roast carrots and potatoes for 30 minutes.

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Roasted Whole Carrots


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Impressively beautiful 3-ingredient, caramelized roasted carrots for your Thanksgiving table


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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds medium carrots or baby carrots, scrubbed but not peeled
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ¼ cup olive or coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Arrange carrots on baking sheet.
  3. Rub the carrots with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes or until fork tender and a little golden brown in parts.
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Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Tender, savory 4-ingredient green beans topped with crunch, earthy hazelnuts


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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, stems removed
  • 1 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • Dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes careful not to overcook the beans.
  4. They should still have a slight crisp to them.
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Smashed Baked Potatoes


  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Crispy, creamy and aromatic Thanksgiving roasted potatoes


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Ingredients

  • 5 pounds baby dutch potatoes, washed and scrubbed but not peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Rosemary, roughly chopped
  • Pearl onions (mixed), cut in half
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Arrange potatoes and onions on a baking sheet (or two)
  3. Pour olive oil evenly over potatoes. Gently mix with hands to coat.
  4. Sprinkle rosemary, salt and pepper on top of potatoes.
  5. Bake until browned and crispy on the outside, about 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly and then using the back of a wooden spoon.
  7. Smash the potatoes to slightly flatten. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

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