Whether you are looking to stir up the regular menu with a new side dish or make a classic to take to a family dinner, these easy Thanksgiving side dishes will carry you through the entire holiday season.
Let’s be real for a second. It may be the turkey's day, but the side dishes are really where the competition gets heated!
The side dishes that complement the turkey make holiday dinners so memorable!
Plus, the great thing about Christmas and Thanksgiving is that you can easily perfect your favorite side, and take the same to both holiday dinners!
Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes
If you haven't already, check out my complete list of holiday recipes for the whole meal from start to finish.
Slow cookers and casserole carriers are ideal when it comes to transporting dishes to holiday gatherings. Most casserole carriers also act as an insulator, keeping food warm or cool for a few hours at a time.
Here are a few side dish options that travel well:
Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for everything we have. At the same time, it's easy to feel pressured to feel "blessed" instead of stressed. BUT - It is stressful!
Putting together a dinner for many people with different dietary restrictions, opinions, tastes, etc. can become overwhelming quickly, so here are a few helpful articles to ease the overwhelm and make hosting the holidays enjoyable again.
The best baked mac and cheese recipe I’ve ever made is right here! Made with three different kinds of cheese and completely from scratch, this is the ultimate, homemade comfort food. Made without Velveeta, this macaroni and cheese is rich, creamy, and seasoned with punchy creole spices (not spicy!).
Southern Cornbread Dressing is a holiday classic! Comforting and moist, this side dish is a holiday staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Made with an old-fashioned cornbread recipe, and deliciously seasoned with sage, celery and onion, this is the soul food you need this holiday season!
Learn how to make the best mashed potatoes with creamy, smooth results every time! This recipe is easy to make a holiday dinner or a weeknight side dish. Variations, make-ahead tips, and the complete recipe (with steps!) are listed below.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh cranberries – spiked with Kentucky Bourbon! An old fashioned recipe gets an upgrade from the canned stuff. You can make this in the oven and have it on your table in 30 minutes. (easy and flexible recipe!)
This easy Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows, made with fresh sweet potatoes or canned sweet potatoes, has been a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish in our family for as long as I can remember.
Healthy Thanksgiving Sides
Lean toward the healthy side this year with twists on Thanksgiving favorites.
Sweet potato coins bathed in brown sugar-butter glaze are the perfect addition to any Thanksgivng, Christmas, or Fall dinner. And this Glazed Sweet Potato Coins recipe has a little secret ingredient to give the glaze great flavor while keeping it from being too sweet.
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