Layer upon layer of bold flavor earned these Brussels sprouts our test kitchen’s highest rating. The sprouts get deeply caramelized in toasted caraway and browned butter, then are quickly finished with a sweet and pungent mixture of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and sherry vinegar. Caraway has an anise-like flavor similar to fennel seed. Add to roasted carrots or parsnips, or sprinkle over whole-grain rolls or crackers. Start the caraway and thyme in a cold pan so they can infuse the butter as it browns.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Brussels sprouts at the table are a true symbol of fall, especially when served alongside peak-season cauliflower.

Arielle Weg
October 16, 2017

One thing cauliflower and Brussels sprouts have in common is that they're super versatile fall vegetables. Cauliflower can act as a vegetarian main, get fried to a crisp, or even be blended to a cream, while Brussels sprouts can be roasted to a char, shredded into a raw salad, or sweetened for the perfect bite.

These Thanksgiving recipes are the perfect side dishes for your turkey, and we recommend choosing a few for this year's menu to add variation to your traditional vegetable dishes. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Green Bean Casserole with Cauliflower Cream

Swap pureed cauliflower in place of heavy cream, and you'll have a silky white sauce that's a sure winner. Not only is this recipe better than your average green bean casserole, but you'll save nearly 500 mg sodium and 4 g fat per serving. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Slaw 

Crunchy, creamy, tangy slaws aren't just made for summer; they add a welcome contrast to the heartier dishes of fall — and free up much-needed oven space on Turkey Day.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Crispy Cauliflower with Italian Salsa Verde 

These better-than-fried cauliflower florets will be the star of your Thanksgiving feast. The cheesy, crispy bites instantly come alive when drizzled with the parsley-heavy salsa verde. It's a gorgeous side dish that will bring texture and vibrancy to the table.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Maple-Caraway Brussels Sprouts 

Give your Brussels sprouts a deep caramelization and intense flavor with browned butter and toasted caraway seeds. Then sweeten things up a bit with a vinegary maple syrup sauce. Plus, the red onion gives a gorgeous pop of color to the green veg. 

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Sumac Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots 

The spice blend of sumac, brown sugar, paprika, and red pepper in this one-pan dinner is a delicious treat to make aside your turkey feast. Roast away this chicken feast, and save it for a night when you're tired of leftover turkey.

Photo: Greg DuPree

Turmeric-Roasted Chicken with Farro

If you're looking for the most basic Brussels sprouts platter, this is your new favorite. Roast the vegetables in simple olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder for a nearly charred side you'll keep on rotation all season long.