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Presenting Our Thanksgiving Sides Contest Winners

From savory pies to unique gratins, our Thanksgiving sides contest winners bring on expected and fun flavor.

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Maple Miso Sweet Potato Casserole Exps Rc21 260810 B06 24 3b 13

Grand Prize: Maple Miso Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe takes a beloved holiday side dish and gives it a savory twist. —Sara Schwabe, Bloomington, Indiana

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Creamy Celery Root And Pearl Onions Exps Rc21 260876 B06 24 1b

1st Place: Creamy Celery Root and Pearl Onions

I have made creamed onions for several recent Thanksgivings and wanted to change the recipe, so I decided to add celery root. Celery root is perfect with the onions, and the creamy sauce is addicting! —Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Oysters Rockefeller Egg Rolls Exps Rc21 260369 E06 24 10b 1

2nd Place: Oysters Rockefeller Egg Rolls

Oysters Rockefeller is a classic, elegant and timeless appetizer from New Orleans. I love the flavor but wanted to try it in another of my favorite appetizers: egg rolls. I think the combination is a winner. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
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Butternut Squash Jumble Exps Rc21 259458 B06 24 10b 13

3rd Place: Butternut Squash Jumble

This dish was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. It’s a unique side that still feels traditional. I like Gorgonzola for this, but any blue cheese would work. —Kara Brocious, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Savory Winter Squash Pie Exps Rc21 260070 E06 24 1b

Most Innovative: Savory Winter Squash Pie

Instead of using frozen winter squash, you can roast butternut or acorn squash until tender and then mash it before getting started on this recipe. The bacon roses are a fun garnish, but this winter squash pie can easily be made without them. —Erica Sinclair, Hamilton, Ontario
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Air Fryer Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Exps Rc21 259298 B06 24 13b

Runner-Up: Air-Fryer Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect holiday side dish. Try preparing them ahead of time in the morning and then bake just before serving. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Exps Rc21 259823 B06 24 6b 11

Runner-Up: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears

This year I decided to create this roasted Brussels sprouts with pears recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. This easy dish uses only a handful of ingredients but still feels special. Apples, fresh figs and pecans are also delicious with these sprouts. —David Ross, Spokane Valley, Washington
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Glazed Marsala Carrots With Hazelnuts Exps Rc21 259983 B06 24 7b 14

Runner-Up: Glazed Marsala Carrots with Hazelnuts

This makes an elegant side dish for company and is easy enough to make when you want to serve something special on a weeknight. Marsala wine makes it so deliciously different and unlike any other carrot recipe you’ve tasted. —Barbara Morris, South Amboy, New Jersey
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Squash Kale And Bacon Gratin Exps Rc21 259457 E06 24 7b

Runner-Up: Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin

This butternut squash and kale gratin is packed with layers of flavor. It’s simple to throw together, and it’s versatile, since you can use whatever winter squash you have on hand. Even your kids will be coming back for seconds of this decadent side! —Pamela Gelsomini, Wrentham, Massachusetts
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Sweet Potato Kale Pilaf

Runner-Up: Sweet Potato Pilaf

The combination of sweet potatoes, bacon, asparagus and kale makes this simple sweet potato kale pilaf taste amazing! To save time and dishes, you can easily cook the rice in an Instant Pot and also use it to saute the other ingredients. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Thanksgiving Colcannon Exps Rc21 259368 E06 24 4b

Runner-Up: Thanksgiving Colcannon

I discovered colcannon on St. Patrick’s Day, as it is an Irish mashed potato dish. Months later I tweaked the original recipe for the Thanksgiving season. The results? A flavorful and substantial side dish. —Marty Paola, Medford, Oregon
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Vegetable Tian Exps Rc21 259493 E06 24 5b 12

Runner-Up: Vegetable Tian

This colorful, hearty and delicious vegetable tian originated in Provence, France. A mandoline makes easy work of slicing all the vegetables, but if you don’t have one, a knife will work well. —Francine Lizotte, Surrey, British Columbia

Christina Herbst
Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.