Japanese white hakurei turnips (also called salad turnips) are much sweeter than regular purple and white turnips and taste great served with their greens—a perfect side for roast chicken or turkey. Start the turnips in a cold pan; letting them slowly heat helps bring them to perfect tenderness without browning too quickly.
Every year at Thanksgiving, Top Chef winner Kristen Kish’s mother would serve roasted acorn squash. When Kish took over cooking the holiday meal, she upgraded the classic side with a decadent coconut custard that offsets the earthy sweetness of the dish. The custard will set as it cools and slices beautifully at room temperature.
This three-ingredient side dish from chef Eli Dahlin of Dame in Portland, Oregon, has a surprising amount of flavor. Cook your endives until they are golden brown on the outside but still retain some of their crisp texture. Slideshow: More Healthy Side Dish Recipes
Joseph “JJ” Johnson, the chef at The Cecil in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, likes roasting broccoli, but he gives it his own spin by adding a fragrant and delicious oil spiced with coriander, cumin and garlic. Slideshow: More Broccoli Recipes