Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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.

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Collage of thanksgiving side dishes

best Thanksgiving sides

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. 

best thanksgiving sides - sweet potato casserole up close

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
  • Chafing Dishes

Thanksgiving potato side dishes - mashed potatoes with a pat of butter

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 Dish Best 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.
5 from 14 votes
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Side Dish Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe with Marshmallows
Classic sweet potato casserole with a sweet pecan streusel and toasted melty marshmallows on top.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
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.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.95 from 88 votes
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Side Dish Baked Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole - layers of mashed potatoes and cheese and topped with bacon - perfect for dinner and holiday meals!
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Sweet and savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes - no matter how they're filled or topped, these delicious sweet potatoes will be the perfect side dish at your dinner or holiday meal.
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Simple and delicious baked parmesan potatoes are the perfect side dish, made from cubed potatoes coated in parmesan and a few simple seasonings.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.5 from 2 votes
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Side Dish Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Delicious Candied Sweet Potatoes - a simple and tasty side dish that will be a family favorite! Soft sweet potatoes mixed with butter, brown sugar, water, salt and pepper.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Twice Baked Potato Recipe
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!
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Side Dish Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes- soft sweet potatoes coated with parmesan cheese and all kinds of spices!! It's a new favorite side dish that is quick and delicious.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.92 from 37 votes
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Side Dish Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
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.
Total Time: 55 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Baked Mashed Potatoes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes

Funeral Potatoes

Total Time: 50 minutes
4.95 from 88 votes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes

Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes - green bean casserole up close

thanksgiving Vegetable side dishes

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 Dish Green 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!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Main Course, Side Dish Squash Casserole Recipe
Hot and cheesy squash casserole makes for the best holiday side dish! You'll love this creamy vegetable casserole with a crunchy buttery topping.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Creamed Corn - a delicious side dish filled with cream, butter and cheese making it perfect for anyone who loves corn!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Glazed Carrots Recipe
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!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.98 from 34 votes
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Side Dish Green Bean Bundles Recipe
These Green Bean Bundles make for the ultimate side dish. Bacon wrapped green beans drizzled in butter, brown sugar, and garlic salt - the flavor can't be beat!!
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Asparagus wrapped in Puff Pastry, filled with cream cheese and topped with parmesan. So simple and delicious, it's the perfect side for any meal.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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Side Dish Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
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.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Zucchini Casserole Recipe
Cheesy Zucchini Casserole - a simple and delicious side dish made with zucchini pieces, cheese, butter and crushed Chex! It's so good!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Side Dish Asparagus Bundles Recipe
Asparagus Bacon Bundles - this is one of our favorite appetizer recipes! So much flavor and so delicious.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Creamed Corn

Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Asparagus Bundles Recipe

Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Total Time: 10 minutes
4.98 from 34 votes

Green Bean Bundles

Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 7 votes

Thanksgiving rolls and breads - dinner rolls up close

Thanksgiving rolls + bread

Of course, you need some kind of bread to scoop any extra gravy off your plate, right? 😉 Plus, any leftover rolls are great for making turkey sandwiches over the next week.

Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe
These Are Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Dinner Rolls! They Are Soft, Butter-Y And Always The Hit For Any Dinner Or Holiday Get Together. It’s So Hard To Eat Just One!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 99 votes
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Appetizer Yeast Rolls Recipe
Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They're soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Bread Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe
This Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite bowl of chili. It's creamy, tender and oh so delicious.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Bread Crescent Rolls Recipe
These flaky crescent rolls are soft and tender. Whether you're making them for Sunday dinner or for a holiday gathering, everyone will love how delicious and simple these rolls are.
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Biscuit Recipe
Flaky, buttery homemade biscuits that are to die for. These delicious biscuits are not only simple and soft, but make the perfect side dish for any meal.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Bread Sourdough Bread Recipe
Easy rustic sourdough bread with a mild tang, crisp crust, and soft interior.
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Bread Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Texas Roadhouse Copycat Rolls with Cinnamon Butter - so soft they melt in your mouth!! 
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Bread Monkey Bread Recipe
This easy, cinnamon monkey bread is so addicting and delicious. This homemade version is sweet and sticky and filled with ooey-gooey cinnamon goodness!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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Yeast Dinner Rolls

Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 8 votes

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 99 votes

Sourdough Bread

Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes

Homemade Biscuits

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes

Easy Monkey Bread

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Crockpot Thanksgiving sides - creamed corn

Crockpot Thanksgiving Sides

It’s always nice to have a few slow cooker recipes that don’t have to occupy the oven on a busy cooking day. All of these recipes are simple and can be made in the slow cooker to make things easier.

Side Dish Slow Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Crock Pot Green Beans - just a few ingredients make the yummiest green beans ever! We love this delicious side dish recipe.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Main Course Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes are the perfect easy side dish to your next family dinner. Just dump, cook, and enjoy some cheesy tender potatoes for your next meal or holiday gathering
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Side Dish Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes - these creamy potatoes are a perfect side dish to just about any meal! You only need a few simple ingredients, and your crock pot does all the work.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Potluck, Easter brunch or just your typical Sunday Breakfast, this Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole is easy, delicious and a family favorite!
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
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Side Dish Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

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 Dish Roasted 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!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Oven roasted brussel sprouts have a perfectly crispy outside, and a melt-in-your-mouth center. With only 5 minutes of prep time, you'll want to make this delicious and healthy side dish every night!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Side Dish Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
Creamy mashed cauliflower is undeniably delicious! It's simple to make and is such a great side dish for any dinner meal.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
You are going to LOVE this arugula salad that is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and shavings of parmesan cheese. Don't forget to top with pine nuts and a little avocado!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Recipe
These Parmesan Brussel Sprouts are a new favorite side dish. The roasted parmesan makes a wonderful crunchy texture and adds a delicious layer of flavor!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Roasted Green Beans are the easiest and most delicious healthy side dish that goes perfect with any dinner. Plus, they're quick and great for holiday meals too.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Side Dish Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Delicious, tender Roasted Broccoli coated in olive oil and lemon juice and drizzled in Parmesan cheese. We love this recipe!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Delicious and Healthy Baked Parmesan Zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal. 
Total Time: 16 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Parmesan Asparagus recipe
This Parmesan Baked Asparagus is the easiest and yummiest way to eat the veggie! It takes just minutes to prep and is the perfect side dish to any meal!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Roasted Broccoli

Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Roasted Green Beans

Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

Total Time: 16 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes

Mashed Cauliflower

Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 8 votes

Arugula Salad

Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes

Baked Parmesan Asparagus

Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 2 votes

More thanksgiving side dishes - stuffing in a serving dish

more thanksgiving sides

Some of these other Thanksgiving sides are traditional, while others are a little more unique, but these all compliment Thanksgiving dinner extremely well!

Side Dish Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Savory cornbread stuffing is the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals! The texture is perfect and the flavor is delicious!
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Salad Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
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.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.94 from 32 votes
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Side Dish Corn Pudding Recipe
Real comfort food at it's finest! Corn pudding is creamy, buttery, and sweet! It's the perfect side dish to any dinner or holiday meal.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Main Course Mac and Cheese Recipe
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!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 43 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Cranberry Sauce
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Turkey Gravy Recipe
This creamy turkey gravy recipe is simple and tastes so yummy on all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes

Favorite Broccoli Salad

Total Time: 10 minutes
4.94 from 32 votes

Jiffy Corn Pudding

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 43 votes

Traditional Homemade Stuffing

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes

Steak and Tortellini Salad

Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote

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