For all the best Thanksgiving Side Dishes, look no further than this collection! With various potato sides, vegetables, and breads, you’re sure to find the perfect dishes to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner.
No need to look further for your Thanksgiving sides! We’ve collected them all, along with some Thanksgiving dinner ideas and appetizers. Be sure to check them out to complete the Turkey Day Menu.
The Thanksgiving Turkey typically gets center stage, but dinner is not complete without the sides!
With fall in full force, the sides tend to consist of delicious warm earthy ingredients. Items like sweet potatoes and vegetables find their way into our hearts (and hips) 😉 like no other time of the year.
I’ve compiled some of the BEST Thanksgiving side dishes, including vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and a few other favorites! But before I get into it, I have some very helpful tips that will make your Thanksgiving sides foolproof.
Tips + TRICKS FOR easy Thanksgiving Side dishes
How much to make: You do NOT want to run out of food, especially on Thanksgiving when food is what we gather around to express our gratitude for life’s blessings. The following information can help guide you in how much to make.
Potato dish: plan 6 oz per person
Vegetable dish: plan 4 oz per person
Plan 1 ½ rolls per person
Anticipate needing ½ cup salad per person
Make ahead of time: Many side dishes can be made ahead of time. Whether you plan to cook up a storm, or attend a turkey trot be sure to make any dishes ahead of time that you can so that the morning runs a little more smoothly. The individual recipes have more information on how to make ahead of time and how to store leftovers.
Keeping Sides Hot: Even if you’re able to make some dishes ahead of time, at some point everything needs to get heated and kept hot until it’s all ready to serve. Here are a few ideas you can use to help keep your food hot:
A cooler: Not just for keeping food cold. Its insulation will also help retain heat. Cover the pots and pans with a lid or foil and stack them inside. (Be sure that they don’t smoosh the food underneath)
Use the grill. A gas grill, with a thermometer, will work to keep foods warm. Keep the internal temp around 200°F.
A crock pot set to low or warm.
Use an insulated food carrier
potatoes Thanksgiving side dishes
Although mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole are the most common potato side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, there are so many other kinds of side dishes you can make with potatoes and sweet potatoes! Here are a few of our favorites:
Side DishBest Mashed Potatoes Recipe
My FAVORITE mashed potatoes recipe! These Buttery smooth mashed potatoes are our Go-To potato side dish recipe for every dinner and holiday get together.
Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.
After having these Twice Baked Potatoes, you'll never want regular baked potatoes again! These super easy potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings! For being such a delicious side, they are SO simple!
Buttery smooth mashed sweet potatoes that elevate any meal you're making. With maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and more, you will love the combination of sweet and savory these potatoes have to offer.
Usually with Thanksgiving dinner, we have some kind of hot vegetable side dish, whether it’s corn, green beans, carrots, or a combination of vegetables. Here are a few options you might enjoy.
Side DishGreen Bean Casserole Recipe
Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish, especially at holiday meals! This savory casserole is simple, delicious and requires only 4 ingredients, which makes it the perfect addition to your holiday menu!
If you need a go-to side dish, these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are perfect for you! The tastiest candied carrots recipe!! Even better, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and only requires 4 ingredients!
Brussel sprouts with bacon has a delicious flavor that will make you come back for second and third helpings! Adding bacon is the perfect addition to this side dish recipe that is simple and loved by all.
These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They're creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.
With all the fatty recipes that might be served on Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to have a few sides that are healthier. These below are some of our favorites to serve that can help those watching their waste lines or even those who’d rather have an extra slice of pie. 😉
Side DishRoasted Vegetables Recipe
Simple, flavorful, and healthy roasted vegetables that take less than 10 minutes of prep work! Nothing beats yummy veggies roasted in the oven!
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
The cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!