How Emeril Lagasse Kicks Up His Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Emeril Lagasse's phrase, "kick it up a notch" became famous for a reason -- the New Orleans-raised chef raises flavors to the next level. This year, take your Thanksgiving to Emeril's star status with eight of his Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

PHOTO: Emeril Lagasses Miss Hildas Portuguese Dressing
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This is Emeril's mother's holiday staple.

PHOTO: Emeril Lagasses Braised Apples, Roasted Acorn Squash and Fresh Thyme
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Thyme is the secret ingredient in this autumn vegetable roast.

PHOTO: Emeril Lagasses Emerilized (From Scratch) Green Bean Casserole
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Emeril says this homemade version will make you rethink green bean casseroles.

PHOTO: Emerils Thanksgiving
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Topping classic butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and an herb oil of your choice adds a fancy touch.

PHOTO: Emerils Thanksgiving
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Impress your guests with a deceivingly easy, yet classy salad.

PHOTO: Emerils Thanksgiving
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Salty, smoky pancetta and earthy Brussels sprouts were practically born to go together, and sweet caramelized onions round out the flavor in this dish.

Add some Southern flair to your meal with Louisiana-style sweet potatoes.

Three cheeses combine for an even more decadent take on creamed spinach.

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