Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas
It’s a-comin’. That big day, that big meal. But if you plan ahead, you will rule the world on the third Thursday of this month. Here are the recipes that I am 100 percent sure will be on our table, and it would thrill me to no end if some of them were on yours as well.
Great Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Bread and Stuffing Side Dish Recipes
Who wants bacon in their cornbread? I do, I do!
Full flavored, moist (but not soggy!). As seen on The Today Show!
This is a fast and loose recipe (the kind I like the best).
This takes all of 10 minutes to get into the oven, and it makes any meal just that much better.
Earthy and slightly sweet.
There's a nice bit of heat in these moist corn muffins.
This amazing garlic bread is an easy and satisfying way to use up leftover pesto. In just a few minutes, dinner feels super special.
If corn pudding and spoonbread had a baby.
A sweet potato-flavored, pudding-esque interpretation of grits.
Brussels Sprouts Side Dish Recipes
Super crispy on the outside, tender but not mushy on the inside, they are like roasted Brussels sprouts at their best.
So much going on, in terms of taste, texture and color – this is a fully engaging salad.
These easy, Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts are absolutely delicious, kind of like a Brussels sprout gratin.
Alex Guarnascelli’s sophisticated but not at all complicated brussels are pretty close to divine.
Brussels sprouts get extra texture and flavor from a fabulous chorizo-spiked bread crumb topping.
The dish is amazingly complex for being so simple—and that is the true beauty of Parmesan.
Two of my favorite vegetables, bound together in love and bacon.
An easy-elegant Brussels sprouts side.
Pasta Side Dish Recipes
Can there ever be too many mac and cheeses?
Delicious, make-ahead, portable, room temperature – there is a lot to love about this grain salad.
Potato Side Dish Recipes
This casserole can be served as a vegetarian main course or a substantial side.
A comfort food gets even more comforting.
The perfect way to round out any holiday meal.
Kind of like a rough and ready scalloped potato dish in a cast iron pot.
The perfect partner to most anything.
Possibly the most perfect comfort-food side dish in the world.
The addition of roasted garlic (which is so freaking easy to make) gives sweet potatoes a very savory twist.
Because there will never be enough recipes for mashed potatoes. This has a nice combo of buttery yukons and sweet potatoes, plus a toussle of sliced sauteed leeks.
Classic mashed potatoes get a little more personality and flavor with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese. This is the ultimate comfort food.
When roasted potatoes meet nutty Parmesan only good things can happen.
Sweet potatoes deserve many shining moments, and also to be scalloped.
A perfect three ingredient recipe (including the salt!). Because sweet potatoes+butter+salt+heat are a winning combination.
What’s best about roasted potatoes, with even more crunchy bits
Any time a gratin is on the table, dinner is kind of a holiday.
Salad Side Dish Recipes
The addition of dried fruit is a pretty and flavorful way to make a green salad much more special.
Different colored radishes and carrots make this salad a riot of color and texture.
A little burst of citrus in a salad is beautiful on many levels.
Dinner feeling a little drab? Add this burst of color and flavor.
A bracing salad, with a bit of sweetness from the pear – a perfect companion to a rich meal.
If you are looking for a salad that shouts “Holidays!” then you have come to the right place.
This is one of my favorite simple salads.
This is a perfect autumn salad, and comes together in 10 minutes.
Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
Squash is nestled in a beautiful green sauce made with chard, cream, and gruyere cheese for a flavorful and unusual side dish.
The ruffle-y green exterior contrasts with the orange interior, and there is a lovely blend of heat and sweetness.
Black lentils and bright orange squash provide dramatic color contrast.
Cipollini in Agrodolce, a wonderful sweet and sour preparation for these charming little onions.
Healthy and satisfying, plus a serious dose of good-lookingness (which is now officially a word).
This belongs on any holiday table, and then some.
Green Bean Casserole From Scratch! An updated version of a favorite holiday side dish.
A great mix of colors, texture, and flavors.
Sautéed green beans and mushrooms belong on pretty much any holiday table.
The dressing is bright and bracing and adds an extra layer of flavor to this simple green bean side dish.
A little bit of heat, a nice earthy flavor, a pretty alternative to mashed potatoes.
A simple (5-Minute!) honey mustard dressing transforms green beans into a flavorful side dish.
Just the thing to make your vegetarian peeps happy. This can be a main or a side dish, as you like.
This is a simple side, but a real powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. Just a few ingredients, and the oven does all the work.
Caramelized and beautiful – the perfect addition to any fall or holiday table.
This is a terrific autumnal or holiday side dish.
These roasted carrots have a tangy dressing and are a gorgeous and colorful side side to all sorts of meals from holiday feasts to weeknight dinners. Serve warm or room temp!
Chimichurri sauce turns roasted cauliflower into something special.
A little fussy, but it is worth all the effort.
Just when you thought roasted vegetables couldn’t get any better.
A bit of heat perks up these earthy vegetables in such a great way (and livens up those rich holiday meals, too).
Earthy, with a touch of sweetness, and very simple to make.
When green beans are at their freshest, you only need to cook them lightly with simple seasonings to make them perfect.
A step up from plain green beans.