These Are the Kitchn Collective’s Favorite Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Sides

published Nov 26, 2019
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Everyone knows that the side dishes are the real stars of the show on Thanksgiving Day, which is why we tapped the Kitchn Collective to find out what will be on their tables this year. You could say it turned into a real sideshow (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Warning: You will have a hard time choosing which of these family-friendly favorites to make. Might we suggest making them all?

1. Garlic Gruyère Sweet Potato Gratin

“You can’t go wrong with perfectly sliced sweet potatoes swimming in a creamy, garlic Gruyère sauce. Make your life easier and invest in a good mandoline to make perfectly slicing those potatoes that much easier!” —Lindsay Grimes Freedman of The Toasted Pine Nut

2. Slow Cooker Velveeta Broccoli Rice Casserole

“This Slow Cooker Velveeta Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe just feels like home. It’s SO easy, and basically cooks itself. It’s the perfect complement to so many holiday dishes, it’s a must-make for your Thanksgiving table.” — Becky Hardin of The Cookie Rookie

3. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

“I made Bon Appétit’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes last year when I was hugely pregnant and trying to space out the cooking and I will never make any other potatoes again — they were incredibly easy to reheat and so darn good. You 100% couldn’t tell that they’d sat in my fridge for two days. We also love to make these simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes for a baby-friendly dish that grown-ups love too.” — Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food

4. Candied Sweet Potatoes 

“There is nothing more Southern than this Candied Sweet Potato recipe. Sweet potatoes are cooked until tender and soft in a buttery and sweet glaze filled with spices and deliciousness, making the best recipe for Thanksgiving. This recipe is a family recipe that has been served for years; it’s my mom’s special recipe. It is super easy to make, but the results are incredible!” — Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes

5. Healthier Green Bean Casserole

“I love to make this lighter version of a classic green bean casserole. I like to have a mix of indulgent and lighter side dishes. This one is still super flavorful and delicious.” —Alice Choi of Hip Foodie Mom

Your turn: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish, if you had to pick ONE?