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12 Contest-Winning Holiday Sides with a Spin

Set a winning table with holiday sides that just might replace your trusty green bean casserole. Submit your recipe to an upcoming contest for your chance to win big.

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Grand Prize: Stollen Butter RollsTaste of Home

Grand Prize: Stollen Butter Rolls

Our family enjoys my stollen so much that it's just too good to be served only as a holiday sweet bread. I created this buttery, less sweet dinner roll so we can satisfy our stollen cravings anytime. —Mindy White, Nashville, Tennessee

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1st Place: Brussels Sprouts Brown BettyTaste of Home

1st Place: Brussels Sprouts Brown Betty

I had the idea to make a savory version of the family-favorite brown betty, using vegetables in place of fruit while keeping the classic crunchy bread crumb topping. The result is a creamy, decadent side that will turn anyone into a Brussels sprouts fan. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

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2nd Place: Sesame, Sunflower & Carrot SaladTaste of Home

2nd Place: Sesame, Sunflower & Carrot Salad

I love the harmonizing colors of the ingredients that make this a beautiful salad to serve, and a super healthy salad to eat. It's a versatile side that goes with everything! —Jessica Gerschitz, Jericho, New York

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3rd Place: Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and HoneyTaste of Home

3rd Place: Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Honey

I know what you're thinking—but even the kids will eat these slightly sweet and nutty Brussels sprouts like candy. My family always turned their noses up at Brussels sprouts until they tried these, and now they request the dish often. —Deborah Latimer, Loveland, Colorado

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Runner-Up: Hasselback Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

My family and friends love the warm inviting flavors of the luscious citrus butter, smooth cream cheese, sweet dates, fresh sage and toasted pecans that surround and capture the deliciousness of sweet potato in every bite. —Brenda Watts, Gaffney, South Carolina

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Runner-Up: Badger State StuffingTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Badger State Stuffing

Your family will love the contrasting sweet, savory, and slightly tart flavors in this spin on a Thanksgiving classic. Feel free to use your favorite beer or dried fruit to make the dish your own. —Andrea Fetting, Franklin, Wisconsin

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Runner-Up: Butternut-Pineapple CrumbleTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Butternut-Pineapple Crumble

I tried this sweet and crunchy casserole out on my 80-year-old parents and they loved it! Butternut squash now has a place at our holiday table year after year. —Barbara Busch, Henrico, Virginia

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Runner-Up: Carrot, Parsnip and Potato GratinTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Carrot, Parsnip and Potato Gratin

Thanks to a challenge in the TOH community a few years back, my husband and I tried parsnips and discovered that we liked them! In fact, I started growing them in my garden and have been trying new things with them. This recipe is one of my experiments, and it turned out to be something we really enjoy! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Runner-Up: Cauliflower Dill KugelTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Cauliflower Dill Kugel

I enjoy cauliflower and kugel, so it made sense to combine the two into one special dish. The ricotta cheese adds a distinctive creaminess and lightness. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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Runner-Up: Holiday Slaw with Apple Cider DressingTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Holiday Slaw with Apple Cider Dressing

I found this refreshing twist on coleslaw at a local grocery store and tweaked it to fit my family's taste. You can substitute raisins for dried cranberries. When it's available, I use a prepared apple cider salad dressing to make this dish even easier! —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

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Runner-Up: Miso-Buttered SuccotashTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Miso-Buttered Succotash

The miso paste used in this super simple dish gives depth and a hint of savoriness to canned or fresh vegetables. To brighten the flavor profile even more, you could add a splash of your favorite white wine. —William Milton III, Clemson, South Carolina

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Runner-Up: Root Vegetable PavéTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Root Vegetable Pavé

This is a stunning side dish to serve company. The robust blend features earthy root vegetables in a lightly herbed cream sauce. It's a perfect make-ahead dish for special occasions. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Originally Published in Taste of Home

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