By Melanie Fincher

Brussels sprout side dishes to be thankful for.

Maybe the most misunderstood of all vegetables, Brussels sprouts are not what you think. With a little love, these nutrition-packed plants go from bitter to better. Whether it's maple-glazed or cheesy and baked, there are so many ways to do Brussels sprouts right. Not to mention they bring color and fresh flavor to a Thanksgiving table loaded with hearty casseroles and decadent desserts. Read on for 15 of our best Brussels sprout dishes that deserve an invitation to your Thanksgiving celebration.

1. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

With over 200 glowing reviews, this is a cheesy and creamy vegetable side dish you can trust to go on your Thanksgiving table. Reviewer CookinCyn says, "Delicious way to serve these underrated veggies. Please give them a try. They will be on my table at Thanksgiving!"

2. Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios

Caramelization helps to eliminate the bitter taste brussels sprouts can have, and pistachios are the perfect salty complement. Reviewer Inger says, "Forget the turkey...THIS was the hit of Thanksgiving this year—no leftovers and everyone asked for the recipe!"

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3. Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

"How could this not be incredible with bacon and maple syrup?" says reviewer Gail McEntire Pritchard. "Served it as one of our Thanksgiving sides and it was a huge hit!"

4. Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts

Recipe creator Jacob French says, "Apple, onion, and Brussels sprouts are roasted together with a hint of lemon. My wife and I can go through an entire tray of these by ourselves." This simple and healthy recipe will help to cut down on time spent in the kitchen this Thanksgiving—it's ready in just 35 minutes!

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5. Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms

Reviewer Kaydu2 says, "Of course I already love Brussels sprouts and that helps, but this is a great way to prepare them. I made this for Thanksgiving and heard words like ‘awesome' around the table!" Some reviewers recommend cutting down the cooking time called for as to not overcook the sprouts.

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6. Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

A little cheese makes everything taste better. Recipe creator Toronto Worm Company says, "It was my first year cooking Christmas dinner for the family and I was just thinking of imaginative vegetables I could have! Turned out great and everyone loved them and have been cooking them ever since. Goes well with everything."

7. Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Reviewer taylorr says, "I love Dijon so naturally I thought I'd try this. I quartered my Brussels sprouts and fried them in a pan with olive oil, then mixed in the dressing afterwards. Delicious! I probably added a bit more than needed, but the dressing is to die for!"

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8. Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

"Brussels sprouts tend to turn people off. This way of cooking them brings out their nutty flavor and has made the most passionate haters at my last Thanksgiving say, at the very least, that these are the best brussels sprouts they have tasted," says recipe creator Pugged. "The first time I made this, it ended up being dinner—not a side dish!"

9. Chef John's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

"This makes a very nice side dish to your holiday feast, and I can't think of a main course, especially one made from some type of succulent animal, that this wouldn't pair wonderfully with," says Chef John. Brussels sprouts, cipollini onions, and lemon wedges are tossed in butter and roasted to perfection.

10. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Gold Raisins, and Walnuts

With all the heavy casseroles and decadent desserts, this light and healthy vegetable side dish will be a refreshing addition to any Thanksgiving table. Reviewer sosemple says, "Wow, this was delicious and healthy. I have been looking for a new side dish for Thanksgiving dinner that was low in carbs. There seems to be so few, but this one fit the bill. The blend of vegetables, fruit, and nuts was different but worked really well together."

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11. Honey Glazed Brussels Sprouts

"An easy recipe for Brussels sprouts. The mix of honey and soy sauce gives it an original and interesting flavor," says recipe creator Abuela Nany. Top it all off with bacon, onion, raisins, pine nuts, and sesame seeds for a unique Thanksgiving side dish.

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12. Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

This Brussels sprouts salad makes for a presentation worthy of your Thanksgiving spread. Recipe creator aayers1 says, "Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, and cranberries combine to make a salad that even kids will want to eat. The colors and flavors make a great fall or holiday side dish, but we have been enjoying it all summer as well."

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13. Browned Brussels Sprouts with Orange and Walnuts

Classic holiday flavors of zesty orange and toasted walnuts come together for a spectacular side dish. "My family request this dish quite often, so often it is now a Thanksgiving special! I use the steamer bag Brussels Spouts to cut the cooking time in half otherwise the spouts take a lot longer to make tender than the recipe calls for," says reviewer Mrs Lori Karuza.

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14. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

"A hearty dish of roasted Brussels sprouts with all the delicious works: cranberries, roasted garlic, and prosciutto," says recipe creator ingrid1031. "Perfect for Thanksgiving or paired with chicken, pork, salmon, wild rice, or couscous."

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15. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

It doesn't get simpler than this for a Thanksgiving side dish. Take it from recipe creator yumbs who describes it as, "Brussels sprouts that are simply roasted with pecans and a light olive oil and garlic glaze."

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