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:

  • Best Mashed Potatoes – What is Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potatoes? This recipe has unanimously been voted the best!
  • Sweet Potato Casserole and Marshmallows – A Thanksgiving staple, this casserole is made from a creamy sweet potato puree topped with sugary pecans and melty mini marshmallows. We have a version without marshmallows too!
  • Funeral Potatoes – Don’t let the name scare you away! These cheesy potatoes topped with buttery crushed cornflakes is always a crowd pleaser.
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes – Mashed potatoes loaded with all your favorite baked potato fixings! Cheese, bacon, green onions, and more.
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes – Bake them once, bake them twice, and then top them with either sweet or savory toppings! Our personal favorite is either mini marshmallows or a sugary streusel.
  • Baked Parmesan Potatoes – Cubed potatoes covered in olive oil, ranch seasoning, and parmesan cheese, then baked to a crispy perfection.
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes – Melt in your mouth sweet potatoes made from sauteeing the potato slices with brown sugar and butter with a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Twice Baked Potatoes – Make baked potatoes, but then dish them out and fill them with cheese, bacon and sour cream!
  • Sweet Potato Cubes – Cubed and covered in seasonings and then baked to perfection.
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Sweet and savory, these mashed sweet potatoes are creamy and delicious.

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.

  • Green Bean Casserole – A holiday classic made from only 4 ingredients! Green beans, cream of chicken and mushroom soup, milk, and French’s onions.
  • Squash Casserole – Hot and cheesy casserole made from yellow squash and a crispy breadcrumb topping.
  • Creamed Corn – A classic, smooth and creamy side dish filled with corn, cream, butter, and cheese. We have a slow cooker version too!
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots – Baby carrots cooked in a mixture of brown sugar and butter. It only takes a few minutes to whip up and tastes amazing!
  • Green Bean Bundles – Fresh green beans wrapped in a slice of bacon and baked to perfection.
  • Asparagus Rolls – Single asparagus or bundles wrapped and baked in puff pastry.
  • Brussel Sprouts with Bacon – Sauteed brussel sprouts that have bacon pieces through out.
  • Cheesy Zucchini Casserole – Tossed with cheese and with a crunch topping, this casserole is baked to perfection.
  • Asparagus Bundles – Wrapped in bacon and topped with a delicious sauce, these bundles are irresistible.

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.

  • Heavenly Dinner Rolls – Another type of dinner roll that is actually our most favorite. Each batch makes 24 rolls, so this recipe is perfect for family gatherings.
  • Dinner Rolls – Traditional round dinner rolls that are light and fluffy on the inside, and perfectly browned on the outside.
  • Sour Cream Corn Bread – This tasty cornbread is made in a 9″ casserole dish which means it is perfect for feeding a crowd!
  • Homemade Biscuits – If biscuits are more your style, this recipe for homemade buttermilk biscuits is super simple! You’ll never want store-bought biscuits again.
  • Sourdough Bread – Although it’s not the most traditional Thanksgiving bread, there’s nothing like a warm slice of sourdough bread lathered in butter. It will go great with the rest of your meal.
  • Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls – Everyone’s favorite restaurant rolls! And you can easily make them from home.
  • Monkey Bread – This bread is more of a sweet treat, but I’m sure everyone would love if you made it for Thanksgiving dinner. Balls of dough covered in a caramelized butter and brown sugar glaze, baked in a bundt pan.

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.

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. 😉

  • Oven Roasted Vegetables – Seasonal vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, or sweet potatoes simply seasoned and roasted in the oven.
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Roasted brussel sprouts that are crispy and tasty!
  • Mashed Cauliflower – Ditch the potatoes and go for something healthier like cauliflower. We promise you it’s delicious!
  • Arugula Salad – Arugula, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, pine nuts and more make this salad healthy and tasty.
  • Parmesan Crusted Zucchini – Zucchini spears topped with Parmesan cheese.
  • Roasted Green Beans – Healthy roasted green beans that require few ingredients and make a healthy side.
  • Parmesan Baked Asparagus – Roasted asparagus coated in a little olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
  • Roasted Broccoli – Another favorite veggies that is roasted and topped with minimal ingredients keeping it light.

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!

  • Stuffing – Thanksgiving is incomplete without stuffing of course! And trust me, this homemade recipe is way better than the boxed stuff.
  • Tortellini Salad – A simple and hearty salad made from romaine lettuce, tortellini, bacon bits, grape tomatoes, and ranch dressing.
  • Favorite Broccoli Salad – If you want a cold vegetable side, this broccoli salad is the way to go. Broccoli, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon, mixed in a mayonnaise and vinegar-based dressing.
  • Corn Pudding – This side dish is similar to cornbread, only creamier, softer, and more buttery! It’s absolutely delicious and super simple to make.
  • Mac N Cheese – The kids at Thanksgiving dinner aren’t the only ones who will appreciate this as a side! Macaroni noodles covered in a cheesy cream sauce and topped with a panko crust.
  • Strawberry Pretzel Salad – A sweet side, but one everybody loves nonetheless. Layers of a buttery pretzel crust, cream cheese mixture, and lastly the jello layer with real fruit throughout. 
  • Cranberry Sauce – Sweet, delicious and perfect served with any Thanksgiving dish.
  • Turkey Gravy – It’s perfect on turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and MORE but it is a MUST-HAVE side for every Thanksgiving!

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