It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to take a step back, gather around a table, and truly enjoy friends, food, and family. Check out these three side dishes with a twist to up your cooking game around Thanksgiving.

Delicious! Crisp garlic butter green beans are simple hit for the holidays.

Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans

We all remember our mom's green bean casserole. Let's kick it up a notch by crisping up green beans in SmartyPans. The temperature-perfect recipe tracking will help you make this dish perfectly.

Grab some green beans, make sure to wash them thoroughly before tossing them in the pan with olive oil, butter, and a clove of diced garlic. Gently press the beans into the oil to get that crispy effect. Toss in diced shallots and some onion seasoning for extra flavor.

Total Cook Time: 10 mins

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Just looking at that picture of mashed potatoes is making us hungry! The key to creamy mashed potatoes is the perfect combination of butter and milk. A lot of people make the mistake of using water in their mashed potato recipes.

Instant mashed potatoes are usually frowned upon at the Thanksgiving table, but this recipe will produce mouthwatering results that will make your guests second-guess that traditional bias.

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are made from real Idaho potatoes, and their consistency is much better than the average grocery store brand. Add 6 cups of the potato mix to a large pot, and pour in milk and melted butter until you achieve the consistency seen in the photo above.

Precisely Perfect Seasoned Stuffing

Who doesn't get stuffed with stuffing during the Thanksgiving holiday? A staple of the family table, this dish is perfect for picky children who don't want to eat things like green beans and candied yams.

Breadcrumbs are the base of this recipe. You can buy them at the store but we recommend making your own. Grab any loaf of bread and cut it into cubes. Lay the cubes on a baking sheet and let them sit out for 48 hours.

Next, grab a large mixing bowl and toss your breadcrumbs in. Crack an egg over them and sprinkle in garlic, parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary until you start to smell the deliciousness.

Transfer the mixture to your preheated oven at 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.

Next, enjoy!

From all of us in the SmartyPans fam, have a wonderful thanksgiving!