I've never understood why Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. It's my least favorite part of the dinner. What I look forward to the most are the sides; whether savory or sweet, they're always comforting and that's the stuff I pile high on my plate, not the turkey.

This Thanksgiving, whether you're putting together the whole meal or whipping up one dish to bring to a potluck, give the people what they really want: side dishes that take center stage. There's no reason why sweet potatoes have to come in casserole form or corn can't get a kick from some interesting spices. Here are six ways to wow your guests with awesome presentations and flavors.

Rustic Hasselback potatoes with blue cheese and bacon


Cauliflower in a caper butter sauce


Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon in a Dijon cream sauce


Twice-stuffed sweet potatoes


Corn with spicy sage butter


Roasted butternut squash with hot honey