Oven space is at a premium on Thanksgiving, and one of the worst things you can do to a busy host is interrupt their preparations and hand them a large dish to reheat. Keep your dinner contributions convenient with these easily and transportable sides that won’t stress anything but your top button.
13 Thanksgiving sides you don’t have to put in the oven
Miso-Harissa Delicata Squash and Caramelized OnionsThis dish, featuring the lesser-known but easier-to-cook delicata squash, can be served warm, cold or anywhere in between. Hurray! GET THE RECIPESpache the Spatula
The Best Veggie Tray EverForget the plastic grocer’s tray filled with wilting veggies: this gorgeous spread of seasonal vegetables proves that a simple crudité platter can be a standout. GET THE RECIPESpache the Spatula
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk, Bacon and CilantroFact: she who brings the mashed potatoes is doubly blessed for having chosen a stress-free dish that is universally loved. Go ahead and mix up your classic mash with this sweet potato and bacon variation, which can be microwaved until hot. GET THE RECIPEFrom Brazil To You
Broccoli, Kale and Brussels Sprouts SlawEven Brussels sprouts haters will enjoy this raw salad of hearty cruciform veggies, which provides a crunchy counterbalance to Thanksgiving’s traditionally rich fare. GET THE RECIPERenee’s Kitchen Adventures
Crock Pot Red Cabbage and ApplesThis sweet and sour side offers flavourful contrast to fatty slices of roast turkey and gravy smothered-everything. Serve it hot or cold. GET THE RECIPEThe Black Peppercorn
StuffinsTransporting stuffing is easy work with these individual serving stuffins. Small enough to be reheated in toaster oven batches, these savoury sides won’t require any of your host’s valuable oven space. GET THE RECIPEInside Bru Crew Life
Bacon Wrapped Green BeansYou can zap these bacon beauties in the microwave, lightly reheat them in the toaster oven, or just go ahead and eat them cold, because no matter how you serve it, bacon tastes good. GET THE RECIPEGina Kleinworth for Kleinworth & Co.
Maple Glazed Brussels SproutsTransport these Brussels sprouts in a sealed microwavable dish, zap to reheat and ta-da: you’ve contributed a simple yet traditional side. GET THE RECIPEThe Foodie Affair
Pearl Barley Roasted Beetroot SaladMicrowave the roasted root veggies and barley before tossing with the arugula and serve warm, or toss cold when you arrive. Either way it will taste delicious. GET THE RECIPE Amuse Your Bouche
Honey Soy Glazed CarrotsHold back a few tablespoons of sauce when you cook these savoury sweet carrots, then pack the cooked dish and extra sauce in a glass dish that can be microwaved to reheat. GET THE RECIPEAmuse Your Bouche
Creamed Kale with ChickpeasAdd cheese and heavy cream to give super healthy kale and chickpeas a holiday boost. Microwave to reheat. GET THE RECIPEAmuse Your Bouche
Cranberry, Shallot and Dried Cherry ChutneyThis saucy treat can be made up to five days in advance, and is a graceful solution if you’re spending this year’s meal with the host who always overcooks the turkey. Serve at room temperature. GET THE RECIPESpache the Spatula
Almond Crusted Pumpkin FrittersCreated by Chef Anthony Rose when he was at Toronto’s Drake Hotel, these almond-crusted fritters pair pumpkin, chili, cheese and crunch. Bonus: unlike other crispy coatings, almonds don’t their lose bite when reheated, preferably in the toaster oven. GET THE RECIPEAlmond Board of California