Friendsgiving potluck sides that'll score you an invite next year

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We're not saying these sides are as good-looking as the guests at your Friendsgiving, but we're guessing they come pretty darn close.

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Roasted Squash with Mint and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

With its bright-orange hue, roasted squash is pretty gorgeous on its own; adding a crunchy topping of pumpkin seeds and a shower of herbacious mint turns makes them look like a painting.

Lemony Green Beans With Frizzled Leeks

Think of this crispy leek-topped looker of a dish as an elegant and crunchy take on green bean casserole. The green beans are sauteéd with lemon zest for acidity in every bite—transport the leek topping separately to minimize sogginess.

Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds

This is the unicorn potluck dish, the one that actually gets better on transport. A maple vinaigrette tenderizes the tough and hearty kale leaves and softens their bite—toss the salad with it just before leaving the house (or up to thirty minutes ahead) and the salad will only get better on your journey.

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Sweet honey-glazed carrots are dressed with an acidic herb gremolata of dill and lemon juice. Roast the carrots at home and transport the topping in a separate container for dressing the vegetables on arrival. And don't worry about reheating: These carrots taste amazing at room temperature.

Haricots Verts and Freekeh with Minty Tahini Dressing

Prepare to turn some heads with this crunch-filled. Crisp green beans and nutty freekeh are tossed in a creamy tahini dressing that's probably the fanciest take on ranch dressing we've ever seen.

Roasted and Charred Broccoli with Peanuts

This charred side is topped with chopped peanuts and nutritional yeast that elevate humble broccoli into a an brilliant, healthy side that's packed with umami flavor.

Luxe French Potatoes

This creamy cheese-filled potato casserole gets melty in the middle and brown on top in the oven. A pastry bag with a star tip provides the golden brown finishing touch. The only tough part? Begging your host for some oven space for a quick reheat.

Brussels Sprout Leaves with Chorizo and Toasted Almonds

This beyond-basic brussels sprouts dish combines the salty kick of chorizo and chopped almonds for a punchy side that complements centerpiece roasts and heavier sides.

Roasted Acorn and Delicata Squash Salad

Shaved goat cheese provides a creamy finishing touch in this salad, which balances arugula's bite with squash's meaty flavor and buttery texture. Keep your greens sturdy by carrying the dressing in a separate container and tossing the salad when you get to the party.

Cauliflower With Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Butter, and Lime

Meaty and caramelized roasted cauliflower get a hefty crunch with the addition of toasted pumpkin seeds. Keep your sides from turning into a blur of brown with a topping of fresh and bright cilantro.

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