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

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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

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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, while drizzling with vegetable broth keeps it perfectly moist.

Baked Potato Slices

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

Muffin-Pan Potato Gratins

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Make these individual potato gratins for Thanksgiving dinner or serve them along with any weeknight supper. They go well with steak, roast beef, chicken, or sautzéed fish.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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Instead of sugar pumpkins, you can use other winter squash in our Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe. Kabocha, calabaza, and Hubbard are the best alternatives. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots. The soup can be garnished with toasted pepitas or a dollop of sour cream—or both.

Carrot Puree

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

Fried Brussels Sprouts

The brussels sprouts should be thoroughly dry before frying. Any water clinging to the sprouts will cause the oil to splatter. The oil takes time to come up to temperature, so get that heating on the stove top before prepping the other ingredients.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

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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.
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You'll Want to Make These Casseroles and Gratins for Thanksgiving Dinner
Whether you choose to make broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, or sweet potato tian, any of these comforting, creamy mains and sides are worth adding to your holiday table.
11 Sweet Potato Casseroles to Add to Your Thanksgiving Menu
The holiday wouldn't be complete without this staple side dish.
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.