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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Macaroni and cheese is one of the most beloved comfort foods. If you're in the camp that believes baked iterations beat stovetop ones, then this recipe is for you. Musician John Legend shared this delicious, creamy casserole with Martha Stewart. Layers of macaroni and two kinds of cheese—extra-sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack—are combined with a mixture of evaporated milk and seasoning, and baked. A sprinkle of paprika and a final layer of cheese give it a gorgeous, golden color.

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.

Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

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This wonderfully creamy mashed potato recipe comes from Martha's mother, Mrs. Kostyra. What's her secret? She adds cream cheese to the mashed potatoes, along with a generous amount of butter, plus a touch of milk and cream. A mixer is used to whip the mixture into fluffy clouds for what is sure to be everyone's favorite side dish. These mashed potatoes can be made up to two hours ahead—a big win when entertaining.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Everyone will ask for seconds of this casserole made with mashed sweet potatoes and a marshmallow topping that's a perfect combination of gooey and crunchy. With the help of a little nutmeg for flavor, this casserole is sure to be a new favorite.

Chestnut Stuffing

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Studded with meaty chestnuts and fragrant with parsley and sage, this stuffing is equally good cooked inside or outside the turkey (try our Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey recipe). You will need to dry the bread cubes overnight; transfer them to resealable plastic bags until you're ready to make the stuffing, up to 1 day more.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

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Some cooks use diced giblets (heart, gizzard, and liver) in addition to the pork sausage to give this cornbread-based stuffing an extra meaty taste. It's the perfect partner for our Roast Turkey with Herb Butter.

Classic Stuffing

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The terms stuffing and dressing are often used interchangeably, but they do have different meanings: Stuffing is cooked inside the bird, dressing on its own. Use this recipe when making our Perfect Roast Turkey.
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30 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Guaranteed to Please
Thanksgiving side dishes don't need to be time-consuming in order to be delicious. Streamline your Thanksgiving meal prep with these easy side dish recipes, including sautéed and roasted seasonal vegetables and favorite potato and sweet potato dishes to seamlessly complement your turkey. 
11 Sweet Potato Casseroles to Add to Your Thanksgiving Menu
The holiday wouldn't be complete without this staple side dish.
Green Bean Casserole
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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.