By Melanie Fincher

Carrot side dishes to round out your Thanksgiving feast.

Root vegetables are all over Thanksgiving tables across America. From potatoes to parsnips to onions to sweet potatoes, we can't get enough of them. But there's one root vegetable that often gets overshadowed on Thanksgiving: the humble carrot. Few vegetables are quite as versatile as carrots. Whether you choose to coat them in a sugary-glaze, bake them into a casserole, or simply roast them with a little olive oil, there are so many ways to show off this fall harvest veggie. Read on for our best Thanksgiving carrot recipes, based on the reviews of countless home cooks.

1. Butter Cooked Carrots

Save yourself some time this Thanksgiving with these buttery, sweet carrots that are ready in just 25 minutes. Reviewer JADISENE says, "I make this as an 'easy' side sometimes and it's always a hit. I even threw it in for an extra Thanksgiving side and several were requesting it again for Christmas dinner."

2. Whipped Carrots And Parsnips

These nutty whipped carrots make a great alternative (or addition to) mashed potatoes during the holidays. Reviewer Sarah Larsen says, "I grew up eating this....It's not Thanksgiving or Christmas without these! We even grew our own parsnips this year."

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3. Savory Roasted Root Vegetables

Reviewer Misseswaffles says, "Wow, the ingredients and seasonings are simple yet the flavor is fantastic...The flavor was lovely and I really liked using the beet greens in the end. I found this recipe just as the leaves are starting to turn...a perfect fall dish!" This is a beautiful fall mix of beets, carrots, potatoes, chickpeas, and onion.

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4. Maple Dill Carrots

Recipe creator Laura Cotnoir says, "This recipe is number one on the request list when friends come for dinner. Melted butter, brown sugar, and dill complement the carrots while bringing out their natural flavor." The best part? It's ready in 20 minutes.

5. Orange Glazed Carrots

This is a great recipe for those who prefer less of a sugary-glaze and more of a tangy flavor in their carrot side dishes. Reviewer Jackie C says, "Made these last Saturday when we had my group from work over for a pre-Thanksgiving smoked turkey. Everyone loved these carrots. My hubby is not crazy about very sweet carrots, but these had a mild taste, very good!"

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6. Carrot Souffle

Reviewer Baking_Enchantress says, "This souffle is delicious and custardy. I cut the recipe by half since I was only cooking for two and I thought it was a great new way to prepare carrots as a side dish... I'll be making it again and sharing with friends and family who are bored with the normal carrot recipes."

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7. Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Reviewer Jillian says, "I made these on Thanksgiving as a nice alternative to honey glazed carrots. They have a nice sweet but tangy taste. To cut down on time and hassle I just used a bag of steamed carrot instead. This omitted the need for olive oil and they tasted great." It doesn't get simpler than this 15 minute carrot side dish.

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8. Carrots Au Gratin

For those who prefer their veggies a little cheesier, this unique holiday side dish is the way to go. Reviewer GLITTER53 says, "Believe all the good things you've read about this recipe and don't change a thing! I was dubious the first time I tried this (carrots and cheese?!) but now it's one of the most requested recipes for family get-togethers and pot-luck dinners!"

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9. Honey Roasted Carrots

"Can you have carrots for dessert? That's how delicious these were! I made a pound bag (which is about 8) and couldn't stop eating them," says reviewer Karen Hintz. Some reviewers recommend lining the baking dish with foil for easy cleanup.

10. Sauteed Carrots and Leeks

Show off your garden veggies with this leek and carrot side dish. Reviewer Connie Orias says, "I made this for Thanksgiving and again for New Year's Day! LOVE it and so easy."

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11. Carrot Salad

Refreshing and sweet, this carrot salad is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table filled with heavy casseroles and pies. Shredded carrots, apples, and slivered almonds make of the base of this colorful dish.

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12. Chef John's Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Chef John says, "These butter-soaked bourbon-glazed carrots are the greatest special-occasion carrot side dish of all time. Sweet, savory, and oh so glossy." Bourbon adds the perfect holiday touch to these glazed carrots.

13. Roasted Parmesan-Garlic Carrots

For those who prefer cooking in the oven over the stovetop, these carrots are sprinkled with Parmesan, olive oil, and garlic powder and then roasted for a no-mess side dish. Recipe creator Pamela J Hagen-French says, "I made this for Christmas, and one of my guests said the carrots were 'off the chain!' The flavor was amazing!"

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14. Baked Zesty Carrots

"This is a tradition in our family! The horseradish isn't overwhelming and a much tastier alternative to boring baked, boiled or steamed carrots," says reviewer Mardell Mitten. Buttery, creamy, and crunchy on top—this is the perfect way to sneak in veggies for the picky eaters.

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15. Bok Choy, Carrots, and Green Beans

This nontraditional holiday dish will stand out among all the Thanksgiving casserole dishes and desserts. Shallots, carrots, green beans, and bok choy are simmered in broth and soy sauce.

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16. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables With Thyme and Maple Syrup

Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says, "Tried and true! This is definitely a keeper...The maple syrup in this comes out with almost a smokey flavor. The fresh thyme also adds an herbal flavor that mixes well with the maple syrup and the sweetness of the sweet potatoes."

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17. Sweet Carrot Salad

Light and refreshing—you'll want to add this dish to your Thanksgiving menu! Take it from reviewer angel who says, "I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. I made sure I made it the day before to really get the flavor in the carrots."

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