The Thanksgiving holiday brings families near and far together to enjoy delicious food. While a baked turkey or ham may be the star of the meal the side dishes really pull the meal together. After all, what is Thanksgiving dinner without side dishes?
We searched the web to compile the most drool-worthy side dish recipes that will compliment your Thanksgiving dinner ever so well. We’ll cover classic side dishes such as garlic mashed potatoes and stuffing to a few unique recipes too! Go all out this holiday dinner and share an array of delicious dishes that everyone will love.
Some might say, a Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a side of delicious stuffing. This recipe puts a fun twist on a traditional stuffing recipe but we promise, it won’t sacrifice any classic flavors you have come to know and love.
Instead of serving your Thanksgiving stuffing in a serving dish, you need to try making this stuffing muffin recipe. They were created to make serving food easier and more enjoyable to eat. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, these stuffins transport well in lunches too.
Every Thanksgiving feast needs a good dinner roll to compliment the rest of the food. With that said, go ahead and skip the store-bought dinner rolls and give this recipe a try!
These dinner rolls are so easy to prepare and only require a handful of ingredients. You’ll have these baked and ready to eat and no time and will be feeling like a 5-star baker!
A great alternative (or addition) to dinner rolls would be cornbread. It’s so tasty and would be the perfect thing to dip into any saucy dishes that are present at the Thanksgiving table.
This buttermilk cornbread recipe is simple and easy to follow. Before you know it you’ll have a soft and buttery cornbread made that tastes like it came straight from the restaurant.
Having a restrictive diet can be a pain especially during the holiday season. Thankfully, you don’t have to feel left out because many delicious allergy-friendly recipes are floating around the internet.
While everyone is digging into their dinner rolls you can be indulging in these gluten-free crescent rolls. They’re full of fragrant garlic flavor and soft doughy texture.
If you don’t require gluten-free foods then go ahead and indulge in these delicious garlic parmesan knots. They’re incredibly easy to make and your dinner guests will love the added flavor to their plate.
With a tube of store-bought biscuit dough and a few seasonings, you’ll have these garlic knots ready in no time. These dinner rolls come to life with melted butter and parmesan cheese.
Mashed potatoes may be the most sought after side dish of all. They’re creamy, buttery and just so darn good but have you ever tried preparing them in the slow cooker? It’s life-changing.
The slow cooker makes cooking mashed potatoes easy. This no-boil recipe means fewer steps and an easier process. To give the mashed potatoes a lovely creamy texture be sure to add butter, sour cream, and cream cheese.
Some people would consider cranberry sauce a side dish in itself, others consider it a condiment but either way, it’s an important part of the Thanksgiving meal. Skip the store-bought cans and make this super easy homemade recipe instead!
This is a make-ahead recipe which means it will remain fresh in the fridge, and will only free up time for you on Thanksgiving day. You’ll need just a few ingredients to create the sauce but keep in mind, this recipe yields about 1 1/4 cups worth of sauce so you may want to double the recipe depending on your guest list.
If you’re feeling adventurous this year and want to step outside your comfort zone then try this recipe. It’s technically a stuffing recipe but has a few extra bells and whistles that will make it really stand out.
This stuffing is made up of wild rice, cranberries, almonds, and lovely seasonings. As a bonus, this is a gluten-free recipe, great for those with allergies!
Everything you loved about loaded baked potatoes and mashed potatoes morphed into one enticing side dish. This unique Thanksgiving recipe is bound to be requested again and again.
These loaded mashed potatoes are topped with ooey-gooey cheese, bacon crumbles and is garnished with fresh chives. There are so many wonderful flavors, and it has a wonderful texture too, it’ll surely be a crowd favorite.
Once again, it can be a big bummer if you’re left out of a delicious holiday dinner because of a food restriction. If you have a dairy allergy or follow a vegan diet then we have the perfect side dish for you!
Instead of feeling left out, make a batch of these delicious mashed potatoes and share them with your friends and family. This recipe is so simple, it swaps regular butter for vegan butter and also uses roasted garlic to provide an unreal depth of flavor. Vegan or not, you’ll love these!
Save some dishes, boost your creativity and serve your potatoes and corn all in one dish! The southwest twist on this recipe will take your guests by surprise and add a fun twist to Thanksgiving Dinner with your family.
This dish requires 10 minutes to prep and about an hour to cook. While it is easy to prepare, it’s the flavors in this salad that will have a lasting impression.
If you don’t love brussels sprouts give this dish a try. It’s full of vibrant autumn colors, and delicious flavor. The veggies are roasted in the oven with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon that truly transforms the flavor of this dish and may even mask the strong brussels sprout flavor.
Further, the pecans and the cranberries add a wonderful crunchy texture to this dish. You’ll also discover that it has the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving classic. It’s creamy and crunchy all in one. Plus, there are green beans in it so you can trick yourself into thinking it’s healthy!
What makes this recipe great is that it’s a slow cooker recipe. Find an outlet in your kitchen and set it and forget it, it’s that simple!
Yes, this is another green bean casserole recipe but it’s worth noting because it takes on an entirely different cooking method. Instead of cooking low and slow this recipe is cooked quickly in an Instant Pot!
This casserole comes together in about 25 minutes and to avoid soggy fried onions, be sure to add them once the casserole has finished cooking.
If you don’t love mushrooms, perhaps you’ve been cooking them wrong all along. This recipe invites flavors you may not have thought about cooking with before.
This side dish begins with a pound of mushrooms, your choice. Then, you’ll add a bit of olive oil and captivating ingredients such as garlic, thyme, and lemon juice. It’s easy to make and would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread.
Casseroles are amazing because they’re easy to prepare and they feed a crowd which means they would be a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner. This casserole is both creamy and delicious yet full of nutrition thanks to broccoli.
The broccoli is accompanied by a creamy and cheesy sauce and it topped with crumbled crackers and additional shredded cheese. Further, this casserole can be cooked and frozen to be enjoyed later so go ahead and prep this casserole far before Thanksgiving dinner.
While you may be used to preparing scalloped potatoes in the oven, have you ever tried cooking them in a slow cooker? This not only frees up space in your oven, but it’s incredibly easy too.
Keep in mind, you’ll need to cook the creamy sauce on the stovetop, however, this side dish still comes together quickly. Build layers of sliced potatoes and smother them in the delicious sauce then set your slow cooker and in about 2 to 3 hours they’ll be ready to eat!
While there are bound to be many savory and comforting side dishes on your Thanksgiving table, a fresh salad would make a great addition too. It might even help to balance the flavors of your Thanksgiving spread.
This salad combines quinoa and baby spinach with chopped apple, dried cranberries, and crumbled goat cheese. Further, this recipe also comes equipped with a homemade dressing recipe that compliments the salad nicely.
This is another excellent side dish to try especially if you don’t love brussels sprouts. These brussels sprouts are surrounded in a creamy and spicy bang bang sauce. It’s so good you’ll be licking your plate clean.
We’ve also equipped you with instructions on how to make this recipe dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Grandma will be shocked she didn’t think of this recipe herself!
Face it, recipes made from scratch are always better and are well worth it. Unfortunately, homemade recipes often require more time but not this recipe! This recipe is quite easy and only requires a few ingredients.
The creamy and irresistible sauce is made from milk, cream cheese, and unsalted butter. It’ll take only a few minutes to prep then you can set it in the slow cooker. Before you know it, you’ll have a drool-worthy dish to contribute to the Thanksgiving spread.
Healthy holiday sides? That’s a thing? It is if you make this one!
This casserole is not only dairy-free but is gluten-free too, but don’t worry it’s still full of wonderful flavor. This casserole starts with a mashed sweet potato layer and is topped with a lovely pecan oat topping.
If you don’t require gluten-free recipes then give this one a try! This isn’t any sweet potato casserole, the top layer of marshmallows and pecan streusel set this casserole dish over the top.
The great thing about sweet potatoes is that because they’re already naturally sweet they will pair perfectly with other sweet ingredients. This recipe is so sweet it might taste like a dessert but it could be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.
Once again, be sure to throw a few lighter dishes in the mix. Salads are great options to lighten up the table and your guests will thank you.
This Caprese salad is incredibly easy to throw together and is made up of 3 fresh ingredients. These include ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Once assembled drizzle olive oil and a balsamic glaze and then sprinkle the salad with salt and pepper.
Mac and cheese slow cooker recipes are abundant, however, many of them require a boiling step. Thanksgiving dinner is delicious and fun but we want this to be easy after all the holidays are a busy time.
Considering you get to skip the boiling step this also means less clean up too. Whip the wet ingredients together and throw everything in the slow cooker. Unlike other slow cooker recipes, this one only takes around 2 to 3 hours!
This no-fuss appetizer looks gourmet but is insanely easy to make. All you’ll need for this recipe is store-bought crescent roll dough, a wheel of brie cheese, cranberry sauce, and fresh rosemary sprigs.
To create the perfect portion sizes you’ll want to use a muffin tin. From start to finish, you’ll have this tasty appetizer made in about 20 minutes.
Thanksgiving can be a time where you eat a lot of sugar and carbs which is fine in moderation, however, providing a few healthy dishes would be a great idea too. Ease up and fill up on some great nutrients by sharing this dish this Thanksgiving.
These spaghetti squashes are filled with cheese, broccoli and crumble bacon bits. Once prepared they’ll roast in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
Potatoes and cheese are often a crowd favorite so why not combine those two delicious ingredients and create one exciting dish. These Crock Pot cheesy potatoes are sure to be a hit.
This recipe is so easy because you simply throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and set it and forget it. Once the potatoes have cooked for 4 hours you’ll finish this dish by topping it with a handful of shredded cheese and allow it to cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Transform a Thanksgiving classic into tasty bites. This is a 3-ingredient recipe and would be perfect if you’re seriously pinched for time.
Firstly, it’s important to bake the sweet potato halves for 10 minutes on each side. Then add the marshmallow and finish cooking. These sweet potato casserole bites will look lovely on a serving platter and will surely be gobbled up quickly
Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday because the food spread is often overflowing in the best comfort foods. This salad would be another great option to help add fresh and light flavors to the table.
It’s crunchy and flavorful, and certainly nothing like your traditional leafy green salad. It also comes equipped with a homemade creamy citrus poppyseed dressing recipe that everyone will go crazy for.
Don’t serve any ordinary green beans at your thanksgiving dinner. Serve these bacon green bean bundles for an extra-special and unique side dish.
I’m sure your guests have had bacon-wrapped asparagus or bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts, however, they may not have experienced bacon wrapped green beans. These bundles are perfectly portioned for each guest and they’re easy to prepare too.
Mushrooms can be bland on their own, however, add in the right ingredients and you can turn them into a wonderful side dish! This side dish may seem simple but the flavors will make this dish stand out.
The mushrooms caps are filled with a lovely sausage and cranberry mixture that is perfect for Thanksgiving and is seasoned with flavors of garlic and fresh sage.
You’ve probably made Hasselback potatoes or chicken but, have you ever thought about taking the same approach with butternut squash? We assure you it is just as awesome and will help cook the butternut squash wonderfully.
Butternut squash is a hearty veggie so be sure to roast the squash for 20 minutes before slicing. Further, the squash is brushed with melted butter and lovely seasonings to enhance the flavor of this side dish.
Ditch those old school mashed potato recipes and jazz them up with a little pastry and your favorite baked potato toppings. Your guests will be reaching for seconds.
To make it even easier for you and more fun for your guests, have the toppings on the side and have your guests top the pastries with their favorite toppings.
Beets are a lot like brussels sprouts as their both commonly unfavorable veggies. Many describe their flavor as quite earthy which for some, can be off-putting. However, the secret to making them desirable is to pair them with the perfect ingredients and seasonings.
This recipe combines two earthy vegetables like beets and carrots and turns them into an exciting Thanksgiving side dish. The secret, pair the veggies with sweet flavors of maple syrup.
This autumn crunch pasta salad is made with fresh spinach, crunchy apples, pasta, and a few other ingredients. All the additional ingredients help to transform a boring leafy green salad into one that is exciting and delicious.
This recipe also equips you with a delicious homemade poppyseed dressing recipe. All in all, this side dish comes together in just 20 minutes.
Switch things up and add a touch of sweetness to your Thanksgiving table. This cranberry fluff is easy to make and the children (and adults) at your table will go crazy for it!
This side dish only takes 10 minutes to prepare and is made up of 6 ingredients. Some of these include fresh cranberries, mini marshmallows, grapes, whipping cream and sugar.
The thing about hearty vegetables is that they take a lot of time to cook, especially in the oven. But these pillowy sweet potatoes cook effortlessly in the Instant Pot.
You’ll discover that the skin basically peels itself. They’re perfect for eating on their own or to use in other dishes that require cooked sweet taters!
This is another excellent recipe that may turn brussels sprouts haters into lovers! Roasted or steamed plain sprouts can be utterly dull but share this platter of bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts at the Thanksgiving potluck and they’ll surely be gobbled up quickly.
Simply wrap each brussels sprout with a slice of bacon and secure the two ingredients together with a toothpick. You’ll cook them in the oven until the bacon and the brussels sprouts are nice and crispy.
Perhaps you want to try an untraditional stuffing recipe this year? If that’s the case be sure to add this cheesy stuffing casserole to your dinner menu.
It’s incredibly easy to prepare and is thriving in exciting flavors. Broccoli florets, corn and loads of cheese help to put a fun spin on a traditional recipe.
Mashed potatoes are great whether its sweet potatoes or regular white potatoes, however, they are high in carbs. If you’re searching for a low carb option but still want to enjoy the same creamy texture and inviting flavors of mashed potatoes, then give this recipe a try!
This recipe combines carrots and turnips to create a delicious mashed dish. Further, they’re full of flavor thanks to ingredients such as butter and brown sugar.
Skewers would also make a great side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re easy to prepare and serve well too. While this recipe is quite simple, everyone will be raving about the flavor.
This is also a great make-ahead recipe and can be served at room temperature. All you’ll need is tortellini, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and small skewers.
This tart is so stunning that when Grandma sees it she’ll think you spent hours preparing it. Although, in reality, it only took you 10 minutes to prep.
The secret to making this tart so easy is to skip homemade pastry and use store-bought puff pastry. The pastry is topped with Gruyere cheese, honey dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and tender asparagus.
Quick and easy side dishes can be the saving grace to a busy dinner, especially if you’ve volunteered to host this year’s Thanksgiving. To help make your preparation that much easier we’ve included this oven-roasted asparagus recipe.
This side dish is full of crunchy texture and is complemented by fascinating flavors of bold lemon, garlic, and parmesan. Considering this dish only requires 15 minutes of your time from start to finish you’ll have loads of extra time to focus on the rest of the meal.
Change up the old boiled carrots recipes with this simple yet stunning roasted carrot recipe. Garnish with some greenery and your guests will be asking who catered the meal!
These carrots are roasted in a delicious honey garlic sauce that you’ll surely love. Keep in mind this recipe yields about 6 servings so you may need to double the recipe depending on your guest list.
Step up your side dish game with these whiskey glazed sweet potatoes. Diced sweet potatoes are combined with honey whiskey glazed pecans and balanced with tart Granny Smith apples.
This recipe will only take about 15 minutes to prepare. It does require a couple of different cooking steps, however, the results will be well worth it.
Do you want to serve something other than mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving? Then you need to try this herb and garlic potato stacks.
They look gourmet but they’re actually quite easy to make. A mandolin slicer will help you achieve the thin potato slices. Once the slices are stacked, brush them with a herb and garlic glaze and then bake to golden perfection.
A little dried fruit, some nuts, and some filling grains! This salad will attract all those foodies in the crowd and will catch the eye of all.
This salad serves well both warm and cold. However, if you are choosing to serve it cold, the recipe recommends that you allow a couple of hours up to overnight in the refrigerator so that the flavors can meld together.
It’s fun to throw in a few new and unique dishes to your Thanksgiving feast but including classic dishes is important too. We’re going to show you how your Instant Pot can cook mashed potatoes and how it can do it quickly!
This no-boil method allows you to cook the mashed potatoes from start to finish in just one pot. Once cooked, mash the potatoes and serve!
Cooking butternut squash in the Instant Pot makes it both effortless and quick. Perfect to serve up as a side or as part of another side dish on Thanksgiving. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the coveted oven space that is at such a prime during major holiday get-togethers!
The great thing about cooking butternut squash in the Instant Pot is that once it is cooked, the skin peels itself which makes the prep even easier for you.
The presentation is everything – proper and pretty, these potatoes look almost as lovely as cupcake icing.
It’s a great way to save room on your dinner plate for more food instead of a sloppy scoop of mashed potato casserole. Both are delicious – but one allows more on your plate!
Snap peas taste wonderful raw especially when they’re dipped into hummus, however, have you ever thought about cooking them? If you haven’t, be sure to give this recipe a try.
This recipe transforms snap peas into an exciting side dish. Simply combine snap peas with a drizzle of oil and a few seasonings. This side dish also happens to be keto diet compliant as each serving is only 3 net carbs.
Sometimes you just have to get back to your roots! Who didn’t love mac and cheese as a child? It’s one of those dishes that never gets old, even once you get older.
Serve these individual servings of mac and cheese in muffin tins as a fun side dish. Your family and friends will be demanding more of these delectable bites for years to come!
Here is another great recipe using brussels sprouts. Instead of cooking in a creamy sauce, these brussels sprouts are roasted with an Italian favorite, Prosciutto.
This side dish starts in a skillet on the stovetop and is finished cooking in the oven. This fragrant side dish comes together in just 20 minutes!
This isn’t your Grandma’s glazed carrot recipe but she’ll definitely be impressed. Glazed carrots get an exciting makeover with a spicy bourbon glaze.
The glaze is made up of quality bourbon, brown sugar, butter, and optional cayenne pepper and black pepper. There are some great tips on how to make this dish less spicy to suit your taste buds and to make it kid-friendly.
You may be used to making regular white mashed potatoes but mashed sweet potatoes are definitely worthy of a try. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet so you’ll only need a few additional ingredients to turn them into the perfect side dish.
This recipe also provides tips on how to change the flavors to suit your liking. Try these mashed sweet potatoes once and you’ll find yourself making them year after year.
Color, flavor, and nutrients: all packed into one side dish. These pair well with Thanksgiving casseroles and meats and are always popular at family gatherings.
Flavor with your favorite spices, throw in the oven and you are good to go. Don’t forget to set a timer!
Deviled eggs might be a classic appetizer, however, these deviled potatoes are so filling they deserve to be a side dish. Grandma will applaud your creativity and will love them too.
This recipe is also dairy and gluten-free which is great for those with allergies and for those who follow a vegan diet. The only tools you’ll need for this recipe are a microwave, mixing bowl and a piping bag.
Do you love simple recipes? Then, you will love creating this Autumn vegetable sheet pan recipe and you and your guests will enjoy the delicious flavors!
This sheet pan recipe contains many in-season veggies such as acorn squash, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts. Simply chop the veggies and arrange them on a sheet pan and then roast the veggies in the oven.
This light and bright salad recipe is a total game-changer. It’s unlike any leafy green salad you’ve had before and that is what makes this so exciting.
While the main ingredient in this salad is peas, there are other lovely ingredients too. Some of these are bacon pieces, shredded cheese, and chopped red onion.
This risotto is stunning and would be a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving meal. It does require a bit of supervision but if you pull it off Grandma will surely be amazed by your efforts.
There are so many amazing flavors that go into making this dish. Some of these include pumpkin, fresh thyme, parmesan cheese, and nutmeg. Once cooked, you’ll want to garnish the risotto with goat cheese and dried cranberries.