40 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Steal the Show

We'll take one of everything, please and thank you.

thanksgiving side dishes
Mike Garten / Winnie Au

If it were up to us, our entire Thanksgiving feast would be a smorgasbord of sides —potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and so on. These side dishes — with varied total times depending your holiday needs — will make it very hard to save room for turkey. And don't even get us started on dessert.

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Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mash
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy, creamy potatoes ... need we say more?!

Get the recipe for Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes »

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thanksgiving side dish recipes
Chris Court
30 MIN: Pecan Pie Glazed Carrots

If you can make carrots taste like pie, why bother making them any other way?

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Rosemary-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Rosemary-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Give these mega-sweet potatoes a punch of spice with cayenne pepper.

Get the recipe for Rosemary-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes »

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grape salad
Brian Woodcock
30 MIN: Grape Salad

No one wants to eat salad during their Thanksgiving feast. This nutty, grape salad, however, is unlike anything else. Trust.

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Brown-Butter Brussels Sprouts
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Brown-Butter Brussels Sprouts

Remember to eat your veggies! But don't fret — these caramelized sprouts are crispy, crunchy, and packed with flavor.

Get the recipe for Brown-Butter Brussels Sprouts »

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Johnny Miller
30 MIN: French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs

This is how the French do "smothered" green beans. The crispy veggies get topped with crunchy almonds and buttery sourdough breadcrumbs for a truly irresistible side.

Get the recipe for French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs »

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WATCH: How to Make Microwave Cranberry Sauce

For the ultimate last minute side...

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Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

Butternut squash — one gourd, a million ways to make it. The mix of sweet and tangy flavors from the squash and vinaigrette is a must-try.

Get the recipe for Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette »

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Mike Garten
30 MIN: Roasted Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts

These Chinese-inspired sprouts are about to bring serious flavor to your table.

Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts »

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Mike Garten
30 MIN: Pimiento-Cheese Green Beans

Every vegetable would benefit from a creamy Cheddar sauce. We whipped this one up Southern style with pimientos.

Get the recipe for Pimiento-Cheese Green Beans »

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quinoa-stuffed acorn squash
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Feta
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thanksgiving side dish recipes
Brian Woodcock
45 MIN: Skillet Cornbread

PUT. THAT. BUTTER. TO. WORK.


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Herb Stuffing
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Easy Herbed Stuffing

So simple, so good. Embellish these delicious base recipe with raisins, nuts, or fresh fruit.

Get the recipe for Easy Herbed Stuffing »

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apple cheddar biscuits
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Fluffy Apple-Cheddar Biscuits

Sweet and cheesy, these crumbly biscuits are perfect for soaking up gravy.

Get the recipe for Fluffy Apple-Cheddar Biscuits »

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Creamy One-Pot Garlic Mash
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Creamy One-Pot Garlic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

The dynamic duo — garlic and butter — add creaminess to this classic potato dish.

Get the recipe for Creamy One-Pot Garlic Creamy Mashed Potatoes »

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cranberry mostarda
Con Poulos
45 MIN: Cranberry Mostarda

Forget everything you know about cranberry sauce. This jammy condiment gets spiked with mustard seeds, white wine and ginger. And yes, it tastes really good in a turkey sandwich.

Get the recipe for Cranberry Mostarda »

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delicata brussels sprouts and hazelnut salad
Courtesy of Dishing Up the Dirt
45 MIN: Delicata, Brussels Sprouts and Hazelnut Salad With Cider Vinaigrette

This salad is pretty much every single thing we love about fall.

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WATCH: How To Make Mega-Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Because mashed potatoes are arguably the best Thanksgiving side dish. (You know it's true!)

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Courtesy of Gal on a Mission
45 MIN: Smash Herb Lemon Baked Potatoes

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. This is the only way we want to eat potatoes from now until forever.

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harissa broccoli and wild rice casserole 
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
45 MIN: Harissa, Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole with Crispy Prosciutto

Crispy prosciutto is the new bacon and you're going to want to put it on absolutely everything.

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pumpkin popovers
Winnie Au
60 MIN: Pumpkin Popovers

These pumpkin spice popovers will hold you over until pie is served. Maybe. Possibly.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Popovers »

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Creamed Kale and Gruyere Gratin
Mike Garten
60 MIN: Creamed Kale and Gruyere Gratin

Skip spinach this time around and go for the the trendiest green of the season: kale.

Get the recipe for Creamed Kale and Gruyere Gratin »

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Quentin Bacon
60 MIN: Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette

Caper-vinaigrette adds tons of flavor without making this dish feel heavy.

Get the recipe for Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette »

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roasted acorn squash with maple-bacon drizzle
Johnny Miller
60 MIN: Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple-Bacon Drizzle

Every holiday meal needs veggies, but that doesn't mean we can't sass them up with maple syrup and bacon, does it?

Get the recipe for Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple-Bacon Drizzle »

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thanksgiving side dish recipes
Chris Court
60 MIN: Wild Rice and Cherry Pilaf

Cherry season may be long gone, but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the fruit's sweet and tangy flavor. Enter dried cherries.

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mashed potatoes with caramelized fennel
Photograph by Andrew Purcell
60 MIN: Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel

You'd never know it, but these spuds have been lightened up from the traditional cream-filled version.

Get the recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel »

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Mike Garten
60 MIN: Croissant-Mushroom Stuffing

When considering the most delicious carb to add to our stuffing this year, we bypassed cornbread and went straight for the croissants.

Get the recipe for Croissant-Mushroom Stuffing »

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Johnny Miller
60 MIN: Baked Kale Gratin

This is basically just fancy spinach-artichoke dip and it definitely belongs on your table.

Get the recipe for Baked Kale Gratin »

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green bean casserole with fried shallots
Johnny Miller
60 MIN: Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots

Meet the new and improved green bean casserole. She's creamy, she's cheesy, and she even has fried crunchy shallots on top.

Get the recipe for Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots »

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jalapeno green chile spoonbread
Johnny Miller
60 MIN: Jalapeño-Green Chile Spoonbread

Spoonbread is quicker than stuffing and super cozy when served in a cast iron skillet.

Get the recipe for Jalapeño-Green Chile Spoonbread »

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