30 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Wow Your Crowd
Gather round the table and give thanks for family, friends, health, happiness…and these easy Thanksgiving side dishes. From Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes to a sweet, fragrant Cranberry Sauce, all of the classics are making an appearance at Thanksgiving this year and our recipes couldn't be easier to perfect. Sure, making homemade cranberry sauce isn't as simple as opening up a can, but in 20 minutes time (with very little hands-on work), you can have a much more delicious version that will certainly draw oohs and aahs from your guests.
When we state that a recipe is easy, it means a few things: First, these recipes don't require any hard to find or expensive ingredients. Everything should be readily available at your local grocery store (and you probably have a lot of these ingredients in your pantry already). Next, the active time is minimal, which means that even if a recipe takes an hour or more to cook, the hands-on work required is simple and fast. Finally, these easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes don't require any fancy techniques or a culinary school degree.
For example, dinner rolls are essential for Thanksgiving dinner, but making them from scratch can seem daunting. Consider baking homemade cornbread instead. It's a quick bread, so no kneading, folding, or shaping is required. There are two versions to choose from here—Cheese and Sweet-Pepper Cornbread and Classic Cornbread. Whether you like traditional flavors or prefer to spice things up, both are delicious options.
Ahead, easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will be gobbled up by all.
Classic Cranberry Sauce
Shredded Brussels-Sprouts Salad with Hazelnut Crunch
Fancy something green for the table? Shred Brussels sprouts through a food processor or with a very sharp knife; it's simple and will taste fresher than the pre-shredded bags found in grocery stores. After that, the sprouts get tossed with lemon juice, olive oil, and a fragrant homemade hazelnut crunch for a crisp, healthy side.
Celery Root Purée
Move aside, mashed potatoes! There's a new root vegetable purée in the house. Celery root looks like a large turnip and it actually sweetens when cooked. Choose smaller celery roots, which have more flavor than large ones.
This is the only cornbread recipe you'll ever need. Buttermilk keeps this quick bread moist and helps to create a fine crumb. This recipe serves eight, so there's plenty to go around if you're hosting a more intimate feast (or make two cornbreads for a large crowd).
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage
Lemon-Pepper Green Beans
Roasted Delicata Squash with Garden Herbs
Dainty delicata squash are much easier to cut than butternut or acorn squash. In this recipe, they're simply sliced into rounds, brushed with olive oil, and roasted for just 15 minutes. A combination of fresh rosemary and sage adds an appealing, autumnal finish.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pomegranate, and Cider Reduction
This recipe starts out like other basic roasted Brussels sprouts recipes: the sprouts are halved, tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasted. It's the second part of the recipe that takes them in a new direction. They're tossed with a syrup made from apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard, then the whole dish is topped with roasted chestnuts and pomegranate seeds. It's colorful and delicious.
Garlic-Thyme Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots with Oak Dukkah
Choose rainbow carrots rather than a single hue for an eye-catching vegetable side. Dukkah refers to a crunchy combination of nuts, seeds, and spices. This version calls for rolled oats, sesame seeds, cumin, shelled pistachios, coriander, and fennel seeds to top the carrots.
Wild-Rice Stuffed Squash
Vegetarians will love feasting on colorful and hearty stuffed acorn squash. The squash is roasted and then filled with a mixture of wild rice, pecans, and dried cherries.
Try this sweet and tart fruit chutney in place of classic cranberry sauce this year. Make it up to three days in advance to cut down on prep work immediately before the big feast.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Stuffing
Julienned-Carrot and Kale Salad
Cheese and Sweet-Pepper Cornbread
Raw Swiss Chard, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Salad
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Vegan Stuffing with Mushrooms and Leeks
Herbed Green Beans with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette
The key to these delicious green beans is blanching them just until crisp. Afterwards, toss them in a mustard vinaigrette for a mild kick and voila!