50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes

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What’s the most popular side dish at Thanksgiving at your house? This list of 50 Thanksgiving side dishes covers both the classics and recipes with a twist, to give you plenty of recipe ideas to add to your holiday table.

50 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes | foodiecrush.com

50 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes | foodiecrush.com

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and tradition, and when it comes to the Thanksgiving table, where would the Thanksgiving bird be without a bountiful bunch of side dishes to go with it?  

The Thanksgiving side dish is one area of turkey day where you can tweak tradition with a simple twist or two. Also, if you ask me, the sides are what it’s really all about it.

Whether you’re hunkering down at home, or getting ready to braving traveling to see loved ones this time of the year, this list of Thanksgiving favorite sides is sure to set the mood for a festive feast.

From fresh takes on classic comfort sides to flavorful twists on tradition, take a look and add a few new side dishes to go with that big, juicy bird. Dig in!

What to Serve With Thanksgiving Dinner

From traditional turkey day mainstays to some modern riffs on the classics, here are 50 Thanksgiving side recipes to consider as you make your menu. I’ve totally got you covered because there is something for everyone here.

Thanskgiving Side Dishes: 

Pass the Potatoes, Please

From fluffy, swirly mounds of mash with crooks and crannies of butter to creamy, cheesy casseroles, potatoes should always be on your Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re team mashed (the perfect vehicle for that awesome gravy), or team gratin, I’ve got you.

How to Make the Best Creamy Mashed Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #easy #homemade #mashed #potatoes #recipes #creamy

How to Make the Best Creamy Mashed Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #easy #homemade #mashed #potatoes #recipes #creamy

There are lots of different techniques to make mashed potatoes including using a potato ricer or a potato masher. And I have tried them all. But in the end, I go back to the same way my mom and my grandma always made them and this is how.

Heavenly Funeral Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #cheese #potatoes #augratin #recipesHeavenly Funeral Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #cheese #potatoes #augratin #recipes

Funeral potatoes are an easy-to-make and even easier-to-love comfort food casserole with a crispy topping that is totally heaven sent for a crowd.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes | foodiecrush.com

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes | foodiecrush.com

These easy cheesy scalloped potatoes are as comforting a dish as you can make. Pair this hearty side dish with roast chicken, steak, ham, and more!

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes from foodiecrush.com

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes from foodiecrush.com

Give your guests something to talk about (anything but politics, please!) with these tangy taters. Smooth potatoes are whipped with rich buttermilk and bold blue cheese for a quick and tasty side all parties can agree on.

from The Defined Dish

These impossibly creamy and cheesy mashed potatoes are flavored with onions, garlic, chives, and cheddar for a flavor match made in heaven.

Au Gratin Potatoes Baked foodiecrush.com

Au Gratin Potatoes Baked foodiecrush.com

When your main dish recipe needs a decadent side dish sidekick, there’s nothing like a creamy, thyme-infused cheesy potatoes au gratin recipe to do the job, and to do it easily too.

Root Veggies

From carrots to sweet potatoes to squash, these sweet, rugged veggies are a Thanksgiving must-have.

Miso Roasted Butternut Squash from foodiecrush.com

Miso Roasted Butternut Squash from foodiecrush.com

East meets west (did you know butternut squash originated in Mexico and Central America?) in the best way with this unique side featuring season squash in a tempting miso-molasses marinade. If you have leftovers from this recipe, try dicing up the squash to to my Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing.

Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges on foodiecrush.com

Maple Buttered Sweet Potato Wedges on foodiecrush.com

Who says sweet potatoes have to be mashed and topped with marshmallow to have a seat at the Thanksgiving table? Not I! These wedge-style potatoes are seasoned with chili powder, cinnamon, thyme, and a swirl of maple syrup, then oven-roasted to caramelized perfection.

Perfectly Easy Roasted Beets | foodiecrush.com

Perfectly Easy Roasted Beets | foodiecrush.com

Roasted beets cooked in the oven brings out the sweet side of this humble and healthy root vegetable, and is the easiest way to cook beets.

Glazed Carrots foodiecrush.com #carrots #sidedish #easy #brownsugar #recipe

Glazed Carrots foodiecrush.com #carrots #sidedish #easy #brownsugar #recipe

Sweetened with brown sugar, orange juice, and butter, this glazed carrot side dish is a one-pan side cooked right on the stove, in the microwave, or baked in the oven, too.

from Once Upon a Chef

Ditch the  marshmallows. This classic sweet potato casserole features an irresistibly crunchy pecan streusel. 

from Cafe Delites

These buttery, tender carrots are roasted until perfectly caramelized and tossed with an irresistibly good honey garlic butter sauce.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #sweetpotatoes #sidedish #bakedpotato #stuffedpotato

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes | foodiecrush.com #sweetpotatoes #sidedish #bakedpotato #stuffedpotato

These twice-baked sweet potatoes are an all-in-one creamy side dish served in their own jacked made sweet with maple syrup and savory with white cheddar and brown sugar bacon.

Sweet Carrots with TarragonSweet Carrots with Tarragon

A simple—aka light—glaze of honey and butter sweetens up the orange little jewels with tarragon and orange zest giving them the ying and yang of earthy licorice and fresh citrus in each bite.

Sweet Potato Souffle with Whip Cream foodiecrush.com

Sweet Potato Souffle with Whip Cream foodiecrush.com

This creamy, dreamy soufflé tastes like pumpkin pie without the crust, and is so super easy to make with all the ingredients mixed at once in the food processor or blender. 

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes foodiecrush.com

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes foodiecrush.com

A little spice from chipotle peppers makes these creamy sweet potatoes a welcome touch to the table.

This creamy pumpkin soup is made with just 7 ingredients! I like to stir in a little mascarpone cheese to bump up the creaminess factor and always add a sprinkle of crispy sage leaves on top.

Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin | spoonforkbacon.com

Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin | spoonforkbacon.com

from Spoon Fork Bacon

This vibrant showstopper is made with sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beets, and is decadent, cozy, and sophisticated.

How to Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes #healthy #oven #roasted #sweet #potatoes #easy #recipe

How to Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes #healthy #oven #roasted #sweet #potatoes #easy #recipe

Tossed in cinnamon and maple syrup, these roasted sweet potatoes’ perfectly caramelized exteriors give way to tender, creamy centers with each sweet bite.

Thanskgiving Side Dishes Ideas:

Bready Goodness

Rolls and stuffing are Thanksgiving staples. Something bready is definitely necessary for scooping up those delicious gravy dregs, and for making leftover sandwiches in the days that follow. Here are some of my favorites.

Easy Classic Stuffing Recipe | foodiecrush.com #stuffing #recipe #homemade #thanksgiving #easy

Easy Classic Stuffing Recipe | foodiecrush.com #stuffing #recipe #homemade #thanksgiving #easy

There’s nothing fancy about this traditional stuffing. It’s totally basic. But its simplicity is exactly why I crave it year after year after year.

from Barbara Bakes

What’s Thanksgiving without yeast rolls? Perfectly tender, fluffy, and buttery, these homemade crescent rolls are easy to make and always a hit with company.

Cranberry Celery and Walnut Stuffing | foodiecrush.comCranberry Celery and Walnut Stuffing | foodiecrush.com

This simple stuffing hits the holiday high notes with seasonal cranberries, walnuts and  fresh herbs in a traditional bread-based casserole.

Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread

from A Cozy Kitchen

Perfectly tender and moist, with crispy edges, this cast iron cornbread gets an autumnal twist with the addition of pumpkin. It’s just begging for a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey!

 

Farro, Butternut Squash, Sausage and Dried Cherry Stuffing | foodiecrush.comFarro, Butternut Squash, Sausage and Dried Cherry Stuffing | foodiecrush.com

Farro, a healthy whole grain, adds a nutty bite to stuffing’s traditional flavors with sausage, butternut squash and sage with a sweet taste of dried cherries.

from A Cozy Kitchen

These buttery, traditional Parker House Rolls have a fun twist with the addition of Everything bagel seasoning.

from Well Plated 

Lightly sweetened with a touch of honey, this super flavorful cornbread stuffing is studded with chicken sausage, herbs, dried cranberries, and apple.

Greens

Whether it’s classic green bean casserole kicked up a notch or tender spinach swaddled in cream, you’ve got to have something green on your plate. No boring peas or mushy, bland Brussels sprouts here!

New Green Bean Casserole on foodiecrush.com

New Green Bean Casserole on foodiecrush.com

This is THE quintessential Thanksgiving side dish, but I’ve given it a healthified makeover by swapping out canned veggies for fresh, lightening up a homemade creamy sauce, and topping with baked onion rings for classic crunch.

5 Ingredient Creamed Spinach | foodiecrush.com #spinach #creamed #easy #recipes #parmesan

5 Ingredient Creamed Spinach | foodiecrush.com #spinach #creamed #easy #recipes #parmesan

All you need is five simple ingredients and time for cream to reduce with savory Parmesan cheese for a restaurant-style creamed spinach cooked right on the stovetop.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta | foodiecrush.comRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta | foodiecrush.com

This amazingly easy, 5-ingredient recipe makes traditionally bitter brussels sprouts sweet and crazy delicious thanks to roasting in a cast-iron skillet to create a caramelized bite of baby cabbage and salty pancetta for one of our very favorite Turkey day side dishes.

Green Beans with Brown Butter Almonds | foodiecrush.com #beans #sidedish #recipesGreen Beans with Brown Butter Almonds | foodiecrush.com #beans #sidedish #recipes

These green beans almondine are made in one skillet, steaming the beans right in with the butter and almonds then finishing them off with some lemon juice.

Creamed Swiss Chard on foodiecrush.com

Creamed Swiss Chard on foodiecrush.com

If you scream at the idea of creamed greens (try saying that five times fast!), don’t run the other direction before you try these. Healthy swiss chard puts a modern spin on this comfort-food dish, with a light but creamy sauce, and topped with crispy garlic panko breadcrumbs.

Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions | foodiecrush.com

Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions | foodiecrush.com

This easy broccoli casserole au gratin topped with crispy onions could challenge even the best green bean casserole at the Thanksgiving table, and definitely win.

from How Sweet Eats

All of the flavors from one of the best pastas ever, but sub Brussels sprouts for the noodles and you’ve got a winning Brussels sprouts dish. Genius.

Green Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms from foodiecrush.comGreen Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms from foodiecrush.com

This green bean recipe was from the first real Thanksgiving I cooked on my own. The crisp beans add a fresh bite leave enough room for seconds.

Salads and Fruity Things

From cranberry sauce (non-negotiable) to pomegranate bejeweled salads, it’s good to have something fresh, tart, or a little more virtuous to balance out the richness of your other sides. 

from The Modern Proper

Sweet roasted acorn squash mingles with peppery arugula in this fall salad studded with creamy goat cheese and pomegranate arils. 

Grapefruit Avocado and Fennel Salad | foodiecrush.com #salad #grapefruit #avocadoGrapefruit Avocado and Fennel Salad | foodiecrush.com #salad #grapefruit #avocado

This salad’s flavor combination of fennel’s sweet licorice flavor, juicy tart grapefruit and smooth avocado topped with salty Parmesan is a welcome addition to any meal any time of the year.

Cranberry Sauce | foodiecrush.com

Cranberry Sauce | foodiecrush.com

This homemade cranberry sauce calls for both fresh and dried cranberries to make it tart, sweet, and jammy with a dash of orange flavor.

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples and Cheddar Cheese | foodiecrush.com #kale #salad #healthy #easy #dressing #recipes

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples and Cheddar Cheese | foodiecrush.com #kale #salad #healthy #easy #dressing #recipes

This easy, healthy, delicious kale salad with cranberries, sliced apples, sharp white cheddar cheese, and crunchy sunflower seeds is massaged tender with a maple syrup sweetened apple cider dressing for a savory and sweet salad everyone at the table will love.

Beet Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.comBeet Carrot and Pomegranate Salad FoodieCrush.com

The dressing for this roasted beet salad calls for a bit of red wine, and while you can leave it out, I think it adds a nice smoothness to the traditional vinaigrette flavorings and loads of color to the Thanksgiving table.

from Good Life Eats

If you’re team “smooth” when it comes to cranberries, this gussied up version is for you. Made with red wine and pomegranate juice, this delicious sauce gets its smooth texture from the blender.

Waldorf Salad | foodiecrush.com

Waldorf Salad | foodiecrush.com

Crunchy with crisp apples, celery and toasted nuts, this easy Waldorf salad is a classic, crowd-pleasing recipe, especially when it comes to holiday feasts.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Beets, Pecans and Goat Cheese | foodiecrush.com

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Beets, Pecans and Goat Cheese | foodiecrush.com

This easy shaved Brussels sprouts salad sweetened with roasted beets and crunchy pecans is delicious as a healthy and vegetarian main dish or served as a side.

My Favorite Ambrosia Salad | foodiecrush.comMy Favorite Ambrosia Salad | foodiecrush.com

This classic fruit salad is one of my favorite family holiday recipes because nobody can pass up its tropical fruit and marshmallows bathed in tangy whipped sour cream.

Citrus Fennel and Avocado SaladCitrus Fennel and Avocado Salad

Fresh, bright and clean, this citrus salad add a whole lot of variety and cuts through the heaviness of the traditional turkey day dinner.

from Tastes Better from Scratch

This zesty relish only has 3 ingredients and is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Other Thanksgiving Side Dishes Hits of the Table

Dishes like mac & cheese or potato salad might not show up on most Thanksgiving menus, but sometimes you need to mix it up a bit, and these never disappoint.


Instant Pot Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese with Fried Sage | foodiecrush.comInstant Pot Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese with Fried Sage | foodiecrush.com

Butternut squash, with its mild taste, it’s a natural veggie to add in for a little more health in the mac.

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan from foodiecrush.com

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan from foodiecrush.com

I’m not saying it’s right to lie to people…but it IS wickedly fun to watch someone’s reaction when they learn this smooth and fluffy cauliflower dish isn’t prepared with potatoes. This is tasty way to trim off a few of those holiday calories, and sneak in a few healthy veggies along the way.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamed Corn from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamed Corn from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

Whichever side of the table my husband’s sitting on, as along as this 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamed Corn is on it, he’s going to be one happy harvest feaster.

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese | foodiecrush.comInstant Pot Macaroni and Cheese | foodiecrush.com

Using other appliances to do the cooking frees up cooking space. This Instant Pot mac and cheese is fast and easy to make and everyone will be asking for more.

How to Make the Best Potato SaladHow to Make the Best Potato Salad

It blows my mind every year when I see a  spike in views for my mom’s potato salad at Thanksgiving. But then, it’s so good, of course you’d give thanks to eat it all year long!

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The Best Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Here’s how to make the best mashed potatoes with just a few simple ingredients and a few tricks to make them turn out perfect every time. 

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 8 servings

Calories 146kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter , cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup half and half , or cream, or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper , freshly ground
  • chives , minced

Instructions

  • Scrub the potatoes clean and add to a deep pot. Completely cover the potatoes with water, about 1/2 inch above the potatoes. Bring the potatoes to a boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Boil the potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes or until they are very easily pierced with a fork and the skin pulls away from the potato where cut.

  • Drain the potatoes, and while still hot, use a paper towel to wipe the skin away from the potatoes, then add back to the warm pot. 

  • Gently smash the hot potatoes with the tines of a hand mixer and add the butter to the potatoes. Cover with a lid for the butter to melt, about 3-4 minutes.*

  • Add the half and half or other liquid dairy to the pot and set it in the kitchen sink so the potatoes don’t fly around the kitchen while whipping. Cream the potatoes with the hand mixer until smooth, rotating the pot counter-clockwise as you mix. Don’t over mix the potatoes. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and black pepper to taste, and add more dairy to get the consistency you like best. 

  • Add more butter if you’d like, and garnish with minced chives, green onion, or serve plain. 

Notes

*Adding the butterfat to the potatoes before adding the cream, half-and-half, or milk, coats the potato starches and acts as a barrier to ensure your mashed potatoes won’t turn out gummy, sticky or overmixed.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 5mg

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What are you looking forward to making this year—are you trying something new, or sticking with your favorites?

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