16 Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Be Grateful For
There are a few classic dishes that everyone expects to see on the Thanksgiving dinner table—a juicy, golden brown turkey garnished with herbs and citrus, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, flaky, buttery rolls, and a variety of fresh, flavorful vegetable side dishes. To help you get started with Thanksgiving menu planning, here are 15 traditional Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
What would Thanksgiving be without stuffing? This savory bread casserole is essential, so here are three versions to consider making for the feast. Cornbread, Bacon, Leek, and Pecan Stuffing is packed with flavor and texture; while many stuffing recipes call for country white bread, cornbread is a colorful addition for the fall harvest. If you're thinking about making a more traditional dressing for the table, this pecan version should hit the mark. Chopped, toasted pecans add just a hint of crunch and nuttiness that pairs well with the other ingredients such as fresh herbs, celery and onions, and the savory flavors from chicken broth. Or try our Vegan Stuffing with Mushroom and Leeks, pictured here, so that vegetarians and dairy-averse can dig in, too. All three are guaranteed to delight so you can't go wrong.
Of course, root vegetables are at the heart of many of our favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving. One of the key players is mashed potatoes—make Garlic Mashed Potatoes for a boost of flavor or take a page out of Martha's playbook and make her mom's recipe, Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese. Looking to add some festive color to your tablescape? Sweet and light Mashed Sweet Potatoes are just the thing (they also make a delicious base for Sweet Potato Casserole!).
Cornbread, Bacon, Leek, and Pecan Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Classic Cranberry Sauce
Green Bean Casserole
Parker House Rolls
Quick Glazed Carrots
A good stuffing is made with the following ingredients—hearty, crusty bread, flavorful homemade turkey stock, plenty of aromatics such as fresh rosemary and thyme, and chopped vegetables like onions and celery. This recipe has all of that with one special addition: chopped toasted pecans.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread
This cornbread recipe doesn't stray too far from the classic. Chopped fresh sage adds an earthy flavor while honey brings sweetness. That super-moist texture and richness is all thanks to a combination of buttermilk and whole milk. Serve it right in the skillet for a pretty presentation.