5 Secret (and Easy!) Thanksgiving Side Dishes from the World's Most Famous Chefs

Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerBy Rachel Mount

O asked star chefs to share dishes that honor their heritage for a very American holiday meal.

Jose Garces's Green Beans with Oranges and Dates Recipe

"My parents are Ecuadoran," Garces says, "so I find myself adding Latin American ingredients to everything I cook," His take on green bean casserole is a vibrant medley of beans tossed with oranges, dates, and almonds-plus a sprinkle of his secret ingredient, smoked paprika.

To make Jose Garces's green beans with oranges and dates create a dressing out of oil, vinegar, thyme, honey, mustard and shallots. Blanch green beans, then sauté them with the vinaigrette and add oranges, dates and almonds.

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Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerEmeril Lagasse's Spicy Sausage Dressing Recipe

Lagasse's mother cooked her family's Portuguese specialties year-round, but her Thanksgiving dressing-filled with spicy sausage, lots of parsley, and milk-soaked bread-is his favorite. After years of trying to replicate it, he finally asked for the recipe. "It might be the best thing I've ever eaten. I make it all the time," Lagasse says.

Get Emeril Lagasse's Spicy Sausage Dressing recipe.

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Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerApril Bloomfield's Roasted Red Onions with Sage Pesto Recipe

British chef Bloomfield knew exactly what she wanted to bring to the American Thanksgiving table when she moved here: woodsy, aromatic sage. "We use sage all the time in England, and I loved how well it went with toasted onions from Sunday dinners with my family," she says.

Get April Bloomfield's Roasted Red Onions with Sage Pesto recipe.

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Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerEric Ripert's Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes Recipe

When Ripert was a child in the South of France, his aunts would make mashed potatoes for Easter dinner, stirring in spoonfuls of local goat cheese to add creaminess and tang. "The first time I made Thanksgiving dinner, 22 years ago, I knew that my mashed potatoes would include goat cheese and herbs," he says. "It's such a French dish, but it fits in effortlessly with the other, more traditional dishes."

Get Eric Ripert's Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes recipe.

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Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerDavid Chang's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Asian Vinaigrette Recipe

"All my Korean relatives-40, 50 of us-bring their own 'famous' dishes to Thanksgiving," Chang says. "One of my aunts makes insane dumplings, and my mom braises short ribs." They also serve a classic Thanksgiving meal, mixing Korean and American flavors at one big table. "In my 20s, I started contributing my own dish to the potluck: the Brussel sprouts with chili, cilantro, and lime juice we'd just started making at my restaurant," he says.

Get David Chang's Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Asian Vinaigrette recipe.

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