Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It's the Thanksgiving side dishes that truly make the meal, even if turkey is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving menu. Try our Thanksgiving side dishes for your next turn as holiday host. From creamy mashed potatoes to the perfect dinner rolls, we've got all the best recipes!

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    Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are a staple of traditional Thanksgiving sides, but this version is so delicious, we could make it a main course! Not only is it creamy and full of robust garlic, our secret ingredient (chicken broth) adds a whole extra level of flavor. It's no surprise this is one of our most popular recipes ever.

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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 vegetable recipe arsenal 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 Thanksgiving rolls are buttery brown on the outside and oh, so tender on the inside. The best part: They're delicious for your holiday feast and taste great split and toasted the next day, too. Just add leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing for a little leftover sandwich!

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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 a bunch of these salads for Thanksgiving can be made in advance, keeping the kitchen (a bit) less hectic on feast day. And because the beets, squash, and dressing are served at room temperature, there's no pressure to keep the dish hot or cold.

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    Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

    With a creamy cheese sauce and golden-brown crusty topper, our Thanksgiving mac and cheese recipe is so good you'll want to eat it all up. Our best tip for this baked and bubbly side dish: Grate your cheeses before melting for the richest sauce.

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    New England Cranberry-Orange Relish

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

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    Flaky Biscuits

    What's a holiday feast without the bread? For a hint of tang, try customizing this Thanksgiving side dish recipe with buttermilk instead of regular milk.

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    Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

    The typical side dishes for Thanksgiving will now need to defend their turf on the table—there's some competition for new favorite Thanksgiving vegetable recipe. Just four ingredients turn these sprouts into the perfect complement to the rest of your Thanksgiving menu. First, they're caramelized, bringing out an unexpected sweetness, then a delicious jolt of lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to the entire dish.

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    Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

    This recipe proves that veggie side dishes for Thanksgiving can be far from boring. Roasting the carrots, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes in this hearty recipe boosts their fall flavors. Simply drizzle with our homemade rosemary-brown sugar dressing and add the chickpeas before sliding the dish in the oven.

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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 Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. For a milder version, use bulk pork sausage in place of the hot Italian kind.

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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 buffet of Thanksgiving side dishes.

  • 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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