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15 DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES

Last updated on November 27th, 2021 at 06:56 am

THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES are just as important as the Turkey or Ham if you want to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast! These delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes will have everyone in your family coming back for seconds!

They’re not just delicious, they’re also all incredibly easy to make! So whether you’re hosting your family for the holiday or inviting some friends over, these Thanksgiving side dishes are guaranteed to be a big hit.

Here are some of my favorite recipes.

Mashed Potatoes 

We all know the main star of the show is turkey, but the Thanksgiving plate would not be complete without a heaping scoop of mashed potatoes. Not only is the recipe super creamy and incredibly fluffy, but it’s also super simple to make. 

A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes topped with fresh green Onion and melted butter.

Roasted Baby Potatoes 

The oven can get extra crowded on Thanksgiving, so save yourself the space and go to the air fryer to make these roasted potatoes. The air fryer will not only be a time saver but also give your potatoes a crisp and clean look, as it removes all of the unnecessary oil from the cooking process. 

Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes in a baking sheet

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Want to impress your guests? Add mashed sweet potatoes to your Thanksgiving menu. The easy dish gives off an impressive look, plus it adds a pop of color to all the brown food on your Thanksgiving plate. 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes served in a plate and garnished with butter

Stuffing

The best part about this stuffing recipe is that you can customize it any way you would like. Add in mushrooms, bacon, or even sausage for a delicious twist. Even without the additions, the classic stuffing is a must for the Thanksgiving spread. 

A bowl of stuffing

Green Beans

Pro tip: If available, use fresh green beans for a crisp and super bright flavor. Frozen green beans will work just as well, but if you have the option, go for the fresh — you won’t regret it. 

Green Beans and Bacon served in a bowl

Gravy

Don’t let gravy be an afterthought when it comes to Thanksgiving. Treat it like any other side dish and forget the stuff that comes in the jar or packet. The gravy is made with all of the drippings from the turkey, plus herbs and spices like parsley and thyme to help take your turkey to the next level. 

Turkey gravy

7-Layer Salad

​​Break up the seven different kinds of potatoes on your plate and add some salad into the mix. This 7-layer salad features the standard lettuce base but truly stands out because of the crunch. The signature feature comes from chopped cauliflower. It may seem like an unusual combo, but it will light up your tastebuds. I especially love this thanksgiving side because you can easily make it ahead.

delicious-make-ahead-seven-layer-salad in a bowl

No-knead Garlic Knots

Good luck eating just one of these bread rolls. The best part about this recipe is that you can make them in advance and leave the uncooked dough in the refrigerator overnight. Simply take them out of the refrigerator on Thanksgiving morning, leave to come to room temperature, divide and knot the dough then bake them to have buns literally coming out of the oven right before your meal. 

top view of Garlic Knots (Bread)

Focaccia

Focaccia bread may seem like an unusual choice for a Thanksgiving plate, but it is truly the dish you never knew you needed. The herbs in the loaf will pair perfectly with the turkey on your plate. Plus, you can use the light and fluffy slice to clean up any extra drippings and crumbs left on your plate. 

Focaccia Bread

No-Knead Bread

These no-knead bread rolls will be the best thing you make for Thanksgiving. Maybe not for the meal itself, but for the day after to make the ultimate Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Stuff these rolls full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce for the best leftover sandwich of the year. 

No knead bread rolls soft dinner rolls

Cranberry Sauce

Forget the canned stuff! This homemade cranberry sauce will easily replace the store-bought kind after one bite. Made with fresh cranberries and a hint of orange zest, this cranberry sauce will add a brightness to your Thanksgiving feast. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to make. 

Cranberry sauce scooped with a spoon to show the beautiful texture of the sauce.

Honey glazed Carrots

Add a touch of sweetness to your savory plate with these delicious roasted carrots. The carrots are roasted in honey and loads of herbs, spices, and finished off with a touch of lemon juice creating the perfect balance of flavors. 

Honey roasted carrots garnished with parsley

Sautéed Mushrooms

Need one more side dish to add to the menu? Go with sauteed mushrooms. Not only do they have a rich umami and meaty flavor, but they also cook on the stovetop in one pot and only take about 20 minutes to come together. It will be the easiest side dish you make all day.

Sauteed Mushrooms served with spoon

Hasselback Potatoes

If you prefer crispy potatoes over mashed potatoes, add these hassle-back potatoes to your Thanksgiving menu. The controlled heat from the air fryer creates the perfect crisp on the potato skin. Use large potatoes for a smaller crowd and give everyone their own, or go with smaller potatoes and cut them in half for a large gathering. 

Baked Sweet Potatoes

The secret to getting super tender and crispy roasted sweet potatoes? Super high heat. The seasoning, plus the heat, allow the potatoes to caramelize, resulting in a burst of amazing flavors. It’s a great alternative for those looking for a lighter side dish. 

Quick and Easy Oven and delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes

DID YOU MAKE ANY OF THESE THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES?

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