Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a slew of side dish recipes include mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cornbread, green bean casserole, healthy salads, and sweet potatoes. Looking to keep your Thanksgiving Day stress-free? We have easy and simple side dish ideas that you can make ahead or prepare in as little as 20 minutes.

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Basic Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 3.55 stars
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Cranberries arrive at market to help kick off the holidays with a festive hue and lively flavor.

Delicious Thanksgiving Salads That Deserve a Place at the Feast

Fresh and pretty, these seasonal salads will be a surprise hit at the holiday table—all perfect to pair with any turkey recipe found in our downloadable prep guide.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey-Chipotle Glaze

The game-changing glaze on these roasted sprouts is comprised of powerhouse pantry ingredients like honey, chipotle chiles, and soy sauce—giving them a jolt of sweet-and-smoky heat and an addictive umami flavor. So whether you serve them up as a dynamic sidekick to a Thanksgiving turkey, or wrap them up in corn tortillas and call it taco night, you and your guests will most certainly keep reaching for more. 
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John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

Rating: 3.69 stars
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When musician John Legend visited Martha Stewart, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food. Learn how to make the singer's delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese at home.

Acorn Squash with Mixed-Grain Stuffing

Each component of this satisfying plant-based dish can be made in advance: the roasted squash, the sweet-and-savory Middle Eastern-style stuffing, and the snappy pomegranate relish.

Vegan Stuffing with Mushrooms and Leeks

Drying sourdough bread out in the oven ensures that it absorbs all the delicious flavors in this vegan Thanksgiving stuffing/dressing, while drizzling with vegetable broth keeps it perfectly moist.

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars
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Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Carrot Puree

All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.19 stars
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This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Herb Sauce

A head of cauliflower becomes browned, nutty, and so tender it's scoopable when roasted whole. Serve it with a stirred-together fresh-herb sauce, fragrant with cilantro and parsley.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

Rating: 3.45 stars
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This rich side is a crowd-pleaser that can share the oven with your roasting bird (try pairing it with our Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze) at Thanksgiving.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.6 stars
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Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Stuffing

As you read through our downloadable turkey tutorial for tips on the perfect bird, follow this general formula for stuffing: Mix a dry base such as day-old bread with sauteed vegetables, herbs, and seasonings; then add a binder such as stock or eggs, and gently toss.

Green Bean Casserole

Rating: 3.47 stars
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We've made the quintessential Thanksgiving casserole better than ever by combining fresh green beans, homemade mushroom sauce, and savory fried shallots.