Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey may be the centerpiece, but when it comes to your Thanksgiving menu, it's the holiday side dishes that truly make the meal. Try our Thanksgiving side dishes for your next turn as the holiday host. From creamy mashed potatoes to the perfect dinner rolls, we've got all the best Thanksgiving dinner recipes!

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    Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are a Thansksgiving side-dish staple, but this creamy version is so good, it could be the main course. Not only is it deliciously creamy and full of robust garlic, but our secret ingredient (chicken broth!) adds a whole extra level of flavor. It's no surprise this is one of our most popular recipes!

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    Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole

    When topped with bacon and made with mushrooms mixed right in, this homemade green bean casserole will quickly find a place in your Thanksgiving recipe stash for years to come. Get ahead of the kitchen chaos by making it the day before and refrigerating until bake time.

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    Classic Dinner Rolls

    These no-knead, light-as-air dinner rolls are buttery brown on the outside and oh, so tender on the inside. The best part: They're delicious for your Thanksgiving feast and taste great split and toasted the next day, too.

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    Roasted Chestnut Stuffing

    Add sophistication to your Thanksgiving stuffing recipe with one quick addition: chestnuts. The subtle flavor and smooth texture of these roasted nuts bring an unexpected richness to every bite.

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    Roasted Acorn Squash and Beet Salad

    We love that this Thanksgiving-worthy salad can be made in advance, keeping the oven open on feast day. And because the beets, squash, and dressing are served at room temperature, there's no fuss to keep the dish hot or cold.

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    How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole

    Get our secrets to the gooey goodness of sweet potato casserole. Watch to learn the just-right timing to make this Thanksgiving recipe come out perfectly.

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    New England Cranberry-Orange Relish

    For all of you classic cranberry relish lovers, we've got the recipe for you! Tangy cranberries and zesty oranges combine to make this so-good Thanksgiving side.

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    Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

    Just four ingredients turn these veggies into the perfect complement to the rest of your Thanksgiving menu. Not only are the sprouts caramelized, bringing out an unexpected sweetness, but a delicious jolt of lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to the side dish.

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    Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

    With a creamy cheese sauce and golden-brown crusty topper, our macaroni and cheese recipe is so good that you'll want to eat it all up. Our best tip for this baked and bubbly side dish: Grate your cheeses before melting to keep your sauce from getting grainy or gritty.

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    Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits

    What's a Thanksgiving feast without the bread? Flaky, buttery, and downright delicious, this recipe uses two types of cheddar to add unexpected flavor and creaminess to your biscuits.

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    Corn Bread Stuffing with Tomatoes and Sausage

    Spicy Italian sausage adds a kick of heat to the sweet corn bread, tomatoes, and savory spices in this stuffing recipe. For a milder version, use bulk pork sausage in place of the hot Italian kind.

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    Traditional Corn Bread Dressing

    Dressing, the way your grandma made it.

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    Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

    Roasting the carrots, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes in this hearty side dish boosts the flavor of the fall veggies. Simply drizzle with our homemade rosemary-brown sugar dressing, and add the chickpeas before sliding the dish in the oven.

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    Roasted Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Salad

    This root vegetable side dish uses the best of fall flavors, from roasted winter veggies to nuts and dried cranberries. Lightly spiced with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg, it's a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving buffet.

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    Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    The best mashed potatoes are rich, creamy, perfectly seasoned, and made in advance. That's why we love this smooth and buttery mashed potato recipe -- it's got everything you need to wow your holiday guests and save you hassle on Thanksgiving Day.

  • 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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