Let's be real, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the side dishes. From potato and sweet potato sides, to squash and pumpkin, green beans and brussels sprouts, to stuffing, salads and soup, I have got you covered. Today I am sharing my 50 most popular and favourite recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, including classics like mashed potatoes and sweet potato casseroles, and other favourites like creamy brussels sprouts and stuffed butternut squash.
Potato and Sweet Potato Side Dishes
Creamy, buttery, and delicious, this is the best and creamiest mashed potatoes recipe you will ever find. It's velvety, smooth, and melts in your mouth.
Sweet potato casserole with pecans packed with tender sweet potatoes and a buttery crunchy pecan topping is the best fall side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.
Rich and creamy potatoes au gratin is the ultimate comfort food made with sliced potatoes, cheese, and milk. It's the perfect side dish for the holidays.
Hasselback potatoes with garlic herb butter are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and buttery on the inside, infused with garlic and rosemary.
Velvety and smooth, garlic mashed potatoes with sour cream are the best, flavourful make-ahead side dish ever. Garlicky, buttery, creamy, and pure comfort.
Crispy leaf potatoes are a delicious potato side dish made with layers of buttery, sliced potatoes that crisp up when baked. The perfect side dish.
Velvety, smooth, and creamy, this savoury mashed sweet potatoes dish is quick and easy and can be made ahead of time -- it is the perfect side for your holiday meal.
Quick and easy roasted garlic Parmesan baby potatoes are crispy on the edges and tender inside. They are delicious, flavourful and bakes in just 30 minutes.
Crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, these flavourful, herb-roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect addition to your holiday table.
Healthy mashed potatoes are velvety, creamy, and delicious, with a fraction of the calories. Substitute with low-fat milk, Greek yogurt and chicken stock.
Easy creamy ham and potatoes au gratin is a great way to use leftover ham with tender sliced potatoes and a cheesy béchamel sauce. The best comfort food.
Quick and easy Greek lemon roasted baby potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender inside, packed with a Greek flavour blend of lemon, garlic and herbs.
Easy vegetarian cornbread stuffing is the perfect make-ahead side dish to serve this Thanksgiving. So flavourful, moist and soft, yet crispy golden on top.
Cranberry walnut bread paired with sautéed apples, onions and rosemary is exactly what your holiday table needs! Hello cranberry walnut apple stuffing!
Squash Side Dishes
Healthy hearty and wholesome stuffed butternut squash with wild rice and mushrooms is an easy cozy vegetarian fall dinner or side. The best comfort food.
Roasted butternut squash is the easiest vegan side dish you need this fall. It has a ton of flavour with just a few simple pantry staples.
One pan roasted harvest vegetables with butternut squash, brussels sprouts and baby potatoes is the best fall side dish. So easy to prep in just minutes.
Soft and tender, easy roasted pumpkin wedges with Parmesan cheese is the easiest and most delicious side dishes to make this fall. Prep it in just minutes.
Wholesome, hearty, curried chickpea stuffed acorn squash with curry flavours is the perfect vegan and gluten-free fall comfort food for your holiday dinner.
Take the stress out of entertaining with this easy, one-pan maple roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash side dish, filled with flavour in every bite.
More Vegetable Side Dishes
Buttery sautéed garlic green beans is a simple side dish that is quick, easy and delicious. Make these vibrant, crispy and tender green beans in 10 minutes.
Tender and caramelized, easy roasted brussels sprouts tossed in balsamic vinegar and honey is a classic household favourite to serve on your holiday table.
Craving a big serving of mashed potatoes but with a quarter of the calories? Now you can with creamy garlic mashed cauliflower. Ready in just 20 minutes.
Sweet and flavourful easy garlic and herb roasted carrots is the perfect side dish to your holiday dinner or your everyday weeknight dinner.
Delicious, garlicky, cheesy and creamy brussels sprouts bake is the ultimate comfort food side dish. So flavourful and the best way to eat brussels sprouts.
With only a few ingredients, it is incredible how much flavour are packed in these 10-minute nutty green beans. Earthy green beans balance perfectly with crunchy pecans.
Quick and easy roasted cauliflower is a delicious, flavourful side dish that you throw on a sheet pan and into the oven. Plus, it's vegan and gluten-free.
When it is inconvenient to grill your corn on the cob, try buttery, oven-roasted corn on the cob with garlic butter with beautiful char marks instead.
Buttery sautéed garlic mushrooms are silky smooth with an incredible caramelization and earthy rich flavour. A simple side dish in under 15 minutes.
Tender and crispy roasted air fryer brussels sprouts cooks in less than 12 minutes with very little oil. It is a holiday table game changer.
Quick easy roasted garlic green beans are tangy, sour, savoury, and sweet, with a tender and crunchy texture. Make them in the oven or air fryer in minutes.
These maple roasted carrots with yogurt sauce are not only stunning, but they get all caramelized and crispy around the sides from the maple syrup… pure perfection.
It's officially fall so bring on the ultimate comfort food -- creamy, cheesy, classic baked macaroni and cheese with a crunchy topping.
Quick and easy, creamy stovetop mac and cheese with white cheddar is a delicious and comforting one pot 20-minute meal packed with three types of cheese.
Fall harvest salad with roasted butternut squash and apple is the only salad recipe you need this fall or winter. It's healthy, wholesome, and nourishing.
Throw together crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, and sweet cranberries for a taste of the holidays in this fall apple walnut salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
This roasted brussels sprouts salad with creamy potatoes, crispy string beans, and dijon vinaigrette makes for a delicious vegan salad this season.
Arugula salad with apple and pecan is a quick and easy fall salad made with fresh seasonal ingredients in just minutes. Perfect for a holiday dinner table.
Cozy winter kale salad with apple cider vinaigrette is easy to make with crispy apples, tangy goat cheese and crunchy spiced pecans in under 10 minutes.
This warm lentil salad with butternut squash and shiitake mushrooms is the most comforting salad. Add it to your holiday dinner this fall.
This delicious and easy roasted butternut squash soup brings all the taste of the holidays in one spoon. Rosemary, sage and thyme, need I say more?
One pot sweet potato soup is super silky, creamy and vegan, and packed with fall flavours. Make this quick and easy fall and winter soup in 30 minutes.
A handful of ingredients and a few simple steps makes creamy cauliflower and garlic soup one of the easiest and tastiest soups ever.
Another variation on butternut squash soup, this quick and easy 30-minute butternut squash soup is simple yet packed with flavour, is naturally vegan and gluten-free, and can be made ahead of time.
Creamy roasted butternut squash and cauliflower soup has all the fall feels and is vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it's super easy to make in a sheet pan.
Coconut curry pumpkin soup is a bowl of comfort with a kick. This soup comes together in less than 30 minutes using a handful of ingredients.
Butternut squash and apple soup with toasted croutons has some sweetness from apple and carrots, a kick from onions and curry powder, and is just all around comfort food.
Sweet and savoury, buttery rosemary cornbread is soft and moist with golden crispy edges, flavourful and delicious, and so easy to make this holiday season.
No knead, easy rosemary garlic focaccia bread is thick with a perfect golden and crispy texture on the outside, but soft, fluffy and tender inside.
Quick and easy pumpkin dinner rolls are soft and fluffy, flaky and butter, and perfect to serve alongside a warm and cozy fall meal or Thanksgiving dinner.
Garlic cheddar biscuits qualify as breakfast or a dinner side dish. These are packed with flavour and can be prepped for the oven in less than 15 minutes.
Delicious, easy pumpkin focaccia bread with fresh herbs is soft, fluffy, and springy, yet so crispy on the outside. Just 15 minutes of actual prep required.
Easy cornbread muffins just made cooking a whole lot easier and tastier! These moist and fluffy muffins are made with cornmeal, cooked corn kernels, and sweetened with honey for a burst of flavor in every bite.
Quick and easy, 90-minute cheesy garlic dinner rolls are soft and fluffy, buttery and garlicky, and full of cheese inside. The perfect side for dinner.
How to Make Ahead
You can make some of these Thanksgiving side dish recipes ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Check the individual recipes to see full make ahead instructions.
To reheat, place in the oven at 300F for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. If heating from frozen, let it thaw first and then reheat. If you can make any of these dishes a day or two before Thanksgiving, things will so much easier on the day of your holiday meal.
More Thanksgiving Recipes
Once you have selected the sides that you want to serve on your Thanksgiving dinner menu, don't forget the turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and of course dessert:
- The Best and Juiciest Whole Roast Turkey
- Easy Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast
- Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Classic Homemade Turkey Gravy
- Easy Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce
- Easy 2-Ingredient Turkey Gravy
- 25 Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Did You Make Any of These Thanksgiving Side Dishes?
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