16 Easy Vegetable Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving
A Thanksgiving feast is not complete without plenty of vegetable side dishes to fill each guest's plate. With so many appetizers, mains, and pies to prepare before the big day, it's important to make a few easy side dishes for Thanksgiving as well. Here, we're sharing 15 simple vegetable side dish recipes that are sure to please your family and friends.
Of course, classic mashed potatoes count as an easy side dish, but want something even simpler and a little bit more surprising? Try these Dairy-Free Smashed Potatoes—baby red potatoes are cooked in water, then smashed with stock (use homemade turkey stock for plenty of savory flavor) and an aromatic garlic and rosemary-infused olive oil. Their texture is unexpected and the flavor will certainly draw your guests in for seconds. Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage, pictured here, also fits the bill; scoop after scoop of this delicious, sweet vegetable side dish will brightens up everyone's plate with its vibrant orange color.
Another way to dress up cauliflower is in this indulgent, crunchy gratin. Who wouldn't love digging into this roasted vegetable covered in a rich cream sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs and plenty of Parmesan cheese? We also have two delicious, easy green bean recipes. First, a classic—Green Bean Casserole. It's creamy, comforting, and a from-scratch version of what Grandma perfected. Looking for something lighter? Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes is just the dish; the beans become tender when cooked low and slow with canned tomatoes, sweet onions, and vegetable stock. Bonus: It's vegan!
Stock up on carrots, cabbage, and other in-season produce. This Thanksgiving, it's all about easy vegetable side dish recipes.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
Green Bean Casserole
This is hands-down the most heavenly version of cauliflower ever. Combine the florets with heavy cream, flour, and lots and lots of grated Parmesan cheese, then bake until bubbling. The finishing touch? A crispy combination of more Parmesan, breadcrumbs, and butter.