Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the December holidays are not far behind, so I decided to compile a list of some quick and easy side dishes that you can make at the last-minute and still impress your mother-in-law.

Southern Corn Bread1. Buttery, Warm Southern Cornbread

Just sweet enough to make everyone happy. Just make sure you don’t over bake it and lose the lovely moist insides with a crunchy crust. Perfect when spread with a little whipped honey butter.

Greenbean casserole2. Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Toss out the cans and get ready to make the green bean casserole that will have everyone asking for seconds. Crisp fresh green beans pairs with fresh mushrooms and of course, fried onions to make a creamy, crunchy green bean casserole with no sogginess.

Fennel, Apple & Brussel Sprout Salad3. Fennel, Apple, Brussel Sprout Salad

A beautiful salad filled with lots of raw crunchy fall veggies to pair with all that turkey and mashed potatoes. The Italians believe fennel helps with digestion, so it can’t hurt to add a little of this to the holiday table.

Garlic and Ginger Kale Cooking4. Garlic and Ginger Kale

Kale is perfect anytime of the year and the flavors of this dish does not disappoint. The soy sauce, ginger and garlic will pair with any holiday meal.

Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette5. Roasted Golden Beet Salad with a Dijon Vinaigrette

Elegant and easy are the right words to describe this beautifully yummy salad. Not only can it be made ahead but it will shine on the dining room table, right next to the turkey.

Polenta Souffle6. Polenta Souffle

Looking for something besides mashed potatoes to pair with your holiday meal? Try out this light and airy polenta souffle drizzled in gravy.

Roasted Fingerlings7. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted potatoes pair well with any holiday meal and they are easy to make. Just coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and your choice of herbs and pop into the oven.

Brussel Sprout and Kale Salad8. Raw Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Have everyone eating kale and brussel sprouts when paired with apples, cranberries, nuts and cheese in this crunchy salad.

Chipotle's Honey Chipotle Dressing9. Chile’s Honey Chipotle Dressing

One of the most popular recipes on the Simply Sophisticated blog. Sweet, spicy and yummy come together for a fantastic vinaigrette style dressing that is easy to make and holds up well in the fridge.

Finglering Potatoes & Green Beans with Pesto 110. Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans with Pesto

An awesome side dish coated with plenty of pesto and just a hint of red pepper flakes for a little kick in the pants to get your holiday dinner going right. Forget the mashed potatoes and the green bean casserole, no need if you are serving this yummy dish.

Three Bean Salad with Honey Dijon Lime Dressing11. Three Bean Salad with Honey Dijon Lime Dressing

Make this salad a day ahead to free up space on the stove on the big day. Perfect for the holiday table whether you are doing all the cooking or need a side dish to go.

Cranberry Relish with Roasted Butternut Squash12. Cranberry Relish

One taste of this recipe and you will never buy the canned jellied cranberry stuff again. Fresh cranberries and fall fruits pop with plenty of citrus and just enough sweet to still be sweet and slightly tangy.

 

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