Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving sides are an essential part of the holiday meal. You've got the turkey, so now it's time for all the trimmings! Whip together these no-fuss twists on classic side dishes, including veggies, potatoes, salads, stuffings, and cranberries.

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    Perfect Mashed Potatoes

    Sometimes simple side dishes really are best. These classic mashed potatoes are just the right amount of light and fluffy. We've also included variations so you can change it up, if you'd like.

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    Broccolini with Peas and Seared Lemons

    For a tasty way to eat your vegetables, try this citrus-infused salad with Swiss chard, Broccolini, and peas. It's a fresh Thanksgiving vegetable side dish that will brighten any holiday spread.

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    Homemade Green Bean Casserole

    Your Thanksgiving sides wouldn't be complete without a green bean casserole! Forget the canned soups and make your own creamy sauce this year—you'll be able to customize the flavor.

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    Corn Bread Stuffing with Sausage

    Use purchased corn bread mix to make the muffins that take this sausage, fennel, and spinach stuffing over the top.

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    Apple-Infused Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow

    This sweet potato recipe combines the best of Thanksgiving potatoes: mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole. Mix in apple cider and top with marshmallow creme and hazelnuts. No wonder this is a fan favorite!

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    Pear-Cranberry Chutney

    Move over, canned cranberry. The natural sweetness of pears in our chutney is balanced by lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg for a truly special take on cranberry sauce that you'll want to add to your Thanksgiving side recipes.  

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    Harvest Slaw

    Looking for a new go-to holiday salad? Look no further. Red cabbage, sliced apples, crunchy pecans, and zippy cilantro are tossed with a warm caraway dressing in this bright and bold-flavor Thanksgiving salad.

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    Maple Broccoli with Pepitas

    Thanksgiving broccoli? We say yes! This side dish is packed with fall flavor, including a drizzle of maple syrup and roasted pepitas (green pumpkin seeds).

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    Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet Thanksgiving potatoes get a tasty makeover with the help of crunchy pistachios, creamy goat cheese, and a touch of fresh sage.

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    Bourbon-Pecan Stuffing

    A dash of bourbon adds smoky-sweet flavor, while pecans bring crunchy texture to this traditional Thanksgiving stuffing bake.

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    Creamed Kale

    Turn kale—a nutritious leafy green—into a scrumptious side dish with the help of a creamy sauce, Parmesan cheese, and a hint of crushed red pepper. With all that flavor, no one will mind you serving "health food" as one of your Thanksgiving sides.

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    Candied Orange Sweet Potatoes

    In-season oranges lend refreshing citrus flavor to this versatile sweet potato bake, while vanilla and nutmeg add a warm, sweet spice to the dish. Thanksgiving sides never looked so good.

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    Dried Tomato Rice Stuffing

    For a great holiday side that's easy to put together, try our elegant twist on basic rice stuffing that uses parsley, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes.

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    Oregano Butter and Bacon Potatoes

    Fried oregano and mouthwatering crumbled bacon add an irresistible crispiness to mashed red Thanksgiving potatoes.

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    Harvest Succotash

    This quick and easy side dish comes together in a snap and uses frozen vegetables you probably have on hand. Crispy bacon makes a tasty topper for this bean- and corn-packed succotash.

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    Pineapple-Cranberry Relish with Toasted Coconut

    This tropical take on cranberry relish combines pineapple, jalapeno, and ginger. A food processor makes prep a breeze so you'll have a creative plate mate for your turkey in no time.

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    Squash and Apple Stuffing

    Nutty squash and sweet apples come together with leeks and sage in our not-so-traditional Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. It'll quickly become one of your favorite Thanksgiving sides.

    Thanksgiving Stuffing Tip: To dry bread cubes, let stand overnight or cook at 300°F for 10 to 15 minutes.

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    Pomegranate Green Salad

    Juicy pomegranate seeds and honey-roasted peanuts add a one-two punch of sweet flavor and crunchy texture to this fresh holiday salad. Tossed with a homemade Dijon-style mustard and pomegranate dressing, this Thanksgiving salad is sure to be a hit.

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    Blue Cheese-Garlic Potatoes

    Sharp and salty blue cheese pairs with garlic and a kick of red pepper flakes for a downright delicious twist on classic mashed Thanksgiving potatoes.

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    Smoky Green Bean Casserole

    This set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker version of a green bean casserole gets its smoky flavor from creamy Gouda cheese. Add it to your Thanksgiving side dishes for a fresh new casserole your friends and family will love!

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    Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Perfectly browned on the outside, these roasted Brussels sprouts will appeal even to picky eaters. Balsamic vinegar and bacon add extra appeal.

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    Honey-Balsamic Beet Salad

    Sweet and tangy flavors of honey and balsamic vinegar form a delicious glaze for roasted beets. To save time, cook the quinoa while the beets are roasting.

  • Next Slideshow Great Green Bean Recipes

    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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