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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.

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Collage of Thanksgiving side dishes.

Much Love for Our best Sides!

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 deliciously warm, earthy ingredients. Items like sweet potatoes and vegetables find their way into our hearts (and hips) 😉 like no other time of the year. 

  • Planning. Be sure to check our comprehensive list to complete the Turkey Day menu.
  • Tips. Below are some very helpful tips to make your Thanksgiving sides foolproof. 
  • Variety. We’ve collected them all, along with some Thanksgiving dinner ideas and appetizers.
  • Our BEST ones! I’ve compiled the BEST Thanksgiving side dishes, including vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and a few other favorites!
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Our Most Popular Sides

This could be a no-brainer. Some families stick to tradition and always serve Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, and Rolls. I have some family members (ahem, my sibling’s spouses) who don’t consider it Thanksgiving without them.

My own siblings, on the other hand, love just serving our favorite dishes. No matter what sides your family likes to serve, I have all the classics you need for the best Thanksgiving menu.

Seasonal Produce

Consider using produce that is in season. They tend to be the freshest, most available, and most cost-effective (butternut squash, pumpkin, cauliflower, acorn squash, apples, etc).

Best mashed potatoes topped with butter.

Tips + TRICKS FOR Easy Sides

  • How to serve. If you have a large Thanksgiving table, try to have side sprinkled through out.
    • Buffet style. My family likes to serve everything buffet style. We place everything on one long table. The plates, napkins, and utensils are first, followed by the main dishes, then all of the sides.
    • Family style. I have also attended dinners where everything was placed at the table and passed around.
  • Make ahead of time. Make dishes ahead of time so the morning runs more smoothly. The individual recipes have more information on how to make ahead of time, and store leftovers. 
  • Keeping sides hot.
    • A cooler: Its insulation will also help retain heat. Cover the pots and pans with a lid or foil, and stack them inside. (Be sure they don’t smoosh the food underneath).
    • A crock pot set to low or warm. 
    • Use an insulated food carrier.
    • Chafing dishes.

Best Thanksgiving Sides

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

1 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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2 Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Side Dish Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 1516 votes
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3 Dinner Rolls Recipe

Bread Dinner Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 267 votes
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4 Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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5 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 1262 votes
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6 Mashed Potato Gravy Recipe

Dressing Mashed Potato Gravy Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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4.99 from 111 votes
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7 Homemade Stuffing Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Stuffing Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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8 Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 171 votes
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9 Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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10 Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 128 votes
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Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Keep it easy with these favorite options to make it a stress-free holiday!

11 Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Appetizer Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes

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5 from 22 votes
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12 Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 96 votes
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13 Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Side Dish Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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14 Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Side Dish Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 30 votes
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15 Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Side Dish Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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16 Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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17 Turkey Gravy Without Drippings Recipe

Side Dish Turkey Gravy Without Drippings Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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18 Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 80 votes
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19 Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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20 Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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Crockpot Thanksgiving Sides

It’s always nice to have a few slow cooker recipes that don’t 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.

21 Crockpot Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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22 Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 368 votes
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23 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 181 votes
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24 Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.94 from 48 votes
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25 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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26 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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27 Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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28 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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29 Crockpot Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 20 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 healthier sides.

Below are some of our favorites to serve those watching their waste lines, or even those who’d rather have an extra slice of pie.

30 Fresh Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Fresh Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 175 votes
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31 Squash Casserole Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Squash Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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32 Green Bean Bundles Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Bundles Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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33 Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe

Salad Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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34 Asparagus Roll Ups

Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.92 from 34 votes
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35 Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Recipe

Side Dish Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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36 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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37 Asparagus Bundles Recipe

Side Dish Asparagus Bundles Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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38 Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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39 Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 204 votes
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Thanksgiving Potato Dishes

Although Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole are the most common potato side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, there are many more delicious potato side dishes!

40 Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 115 votes
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41 Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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4.97 from 128 votes
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42 Twice Baked Potatoes

Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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43 Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.94 from 15 votes
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44 Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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45 Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

Side Dish Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

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5 from 13 votes
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46 Baked Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Baked Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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47 Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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48 Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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49 Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Side Dish Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Bread and Rolls for Thanksgiving

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.

50 Yeast Rolls Recipe

Bread Yeast Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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51 Cornbread Recipe

Bread, Side Dish Cornbread Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 68 votes
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52 Cornbread Muffin Recipe

Bread Cornbread Muffin Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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53 Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe

Bread Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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54 Potato Roll Recipe

Bread, Side Dish Potato Roll Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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4.98 from 76 votes
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55 Easy Yeast Roll Recipe

Bread Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.93 from 26 votes
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56 Cheddar Bay Biscuit Recipe

Bread Cheddar Bay Biscuit Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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57 Homemade Biscuits Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Biscuits Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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58 Crescent Rolls

Bread Crescent Rolls
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes

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5 from 192 votes
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59 Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Bread Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes

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5 from 29 votes
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60 Garlic Knots Recipe

Side Dish Garlic Knots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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Don’t Forget The Rolls

One of the best things about Thanksgiving are all the sides!

We love them, and we love to have a variety. Be sure to have different options with different cooking methods, and be sure to include these Thanksgiving rolls.

They are soft and flaky and so delicious!

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50+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes – Rolls, Veggies + MORE!

By: Lil’ Luna
These Thanksgiving rolls are soft and perfect with your Turkey Day meal.
Servings: 24
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 32 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
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Instructions 

  • Dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the warm water in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit 5-10 minutes, until bubbly and foamy.
  • Add the butter, warm milk, egg, remaining ⅓ cup sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.
  • Add 2 cups of flour, and mix until combined. Mix in additional flour, ¼ cup at a time, to form a soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for about one hour, until doubled.
  • Gently punch down the dough after it has risen and divide into two balls. Roll each ball out into a circle that is about 12 inches wide, then cut each circle into twelve wedges using a pizza cutter.
  • Roll each wedge of dough up, starting at the wide end, to form a crescent shape. Place on a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise until doubled, 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F while the dough is rising. Bake 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with the melted butter. Serve warm.

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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
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11 Comments

  1. Annette Pomilla says:

    5 stars
    Mashed potatoes with butter! Great Thanksgiving side! Especially when you pour the gravy over it . . . Yummy!!!

  2. Vivian says:

    5 stars
    Thanksgiving is always great because of the sides. These mashed potatoes are the best. I’ve always used butter and sour cream in my potatoes but will definitely add the cream cheese. Cream cheese always makes food better. The turkey will be the star of the dinner but these potatoes will be the be next best. Thank you for all your great recipes. They are amazing.

  3. Jan Hairston says:

    5 stars
    We always have sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving – as a side dish and as a desert in pie form . We’re not much on mashed potatoes and usually have them with certain meats like meatloaf and roast beef. None of us like turkey a lot so we usually only have that on Thanksgiving and occasionally, I will make legs, wings, or a breast (for sandwiches), if I get a taste for turkey. This year, though, I am thinking of shaking things up a bit and I want to try the Loaded Potatoes casserole. It sounds really delicious. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to taste it.

  4. Deidra says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for all your amazing recipes ! This Thanksgiving I made your Funeral Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, and sweet potato casserole ! All were amazing . We add a new recipe to our table every Thanksgiving .

  5. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    I have used many of your Thanksgiving recipes & the sides are my favorite!! Especially your potatoes & rolls!

  6. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    So many side dishes to choose from. I think I am going to have to make them all.

  7. kristina says:

    5 stars
    I love both the traditional side ideas along with other sides that look amazing.
    I have made the roll recipe listed on the card. I had a hard time slicing the rolled dough into even triangles, but that was a “user” error and I’m sure just needs more practice on my end. The rolls themselves were fluffy and everyone loved them.

    1. Annette says:

      Hello
      I found an easy solution for the roll to be cut, roll the dough in a round shape about 20 inch and cut in half, quarter, eight, and sixteen and you have a perfect 16 pieces to roll from the larger side, hope this will help

  8. Allyssa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing thanksgiving side dishes recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  9. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    A great variety of side dishes and you cant go wrong with any of them!

  10. Joy says:

    5 stars
    Thanksgiving isn’t complete without the sides!! We make a ton & they are mostly from your site. We love all the potato dishes!