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If you ask me, it’s never too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving sides. Why? It’s simple: They are they very best and most delicious part of Thanksgiving dinner. It doesn’t matter whether you’re serving turkey, ham, or something entirely different, the side dishes are the true stars of the table.
We’re sharing more than 65 of our favorite Thanksgiving sides all in one place, and there’s something for every eater. You’ll find classics like buttery mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, family-friendly casseroles, crisp salads and slaws for those who crave something fresh on the table, basic roasted vegetables that get a holiday-worthy twist, and so much more.
It is impossible to think of Thanksgiving dinner without thinking about potatoes. There are so many ways to turn these humble spuds into an irresistible side dish. If mashed potatoes are your go-to, take your pick between mixing them up with butter, cream cheese, or sour cream. Jazz up roasted spuds with extra butter, herbs, or a shower of Parm.
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Classic Mashed Potatoes
Consider this your guide (complete with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods) for making classic, tried and true, creamy mashed potatoes.Go to Recipe
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If you're craving mashed potatoes, yet want a Thanksgiving side that feels kinda fancy and indulgent, this is the dish for you. Go to Recipe
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French-style Chantilly potatoes are the ultimate fast and fancy side dish. The addition of whipped cream makes them extra light and fluffy. Go to Recipe
Stuffing and Dressing
The same goes for stuffing and dressing! Whether you make it with day-old sourdough, cornbread, or store-bought croutons, or you load it with fresh herbs or warm spices, stuffing is one of the best sides on the table.
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This plant-based stuffing recipe - brimming with with buttery, bread, and herb stuffing flavor - might be vegan, but much in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it deliciously cater to the dietary preferences of everyone at the table.Go to Recipe
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Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing
It has all the usual aromatics, but this classic swaps the country-style bread for cornbread. If you’re tight on time, start with the store-bought stuff; otherwise, if you’re feeling inspired, it’s worth making your own.Go to Recipe
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Wild Mushroom Stuffing
This stuffing is packed with in-season wild mushrooms and an earthy blend of herbs, and is so cozy and comforting it will warm you right up.Go to Recipe
Want to get more veggies on the table? Carrots, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cabbage, and cauliflower are a good place to start.
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A delicious syrupy glaze helps to enhance the natural sweetness of carrots in this stunning, glossy, bejeweled vegetable side dish. Go to Recipe
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan
Halfway through roasting Brussels sprouts how you normally would — high heat and on a preheated baking sheet for optimal caramelization — you’ll shower the pan with a whole cup of Parmesan cheese. Just wait til you taste the results.Go to Recipe
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Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower isn't just a replacement for mashed potatoes — it has plenty of delicious merits all on its own. To keep the prep work to a minimum, start with a couple bags of riced cauliflower.Go to Recipe
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Whether you reserve this side dish for Thanksgiving or eat it all year long, glazed carrots are a classic that will never go out of style. Go to Recipe
Who can resist a warm, comforting casserole to help round out dinner? The answer is no one! These creamy, cheesy sides are beloved by many, and if you happen to be having dinner elsewhere, these casseroles travel pretty well.
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
The fall time casserole we know and love gets dairy-free makeover, and a grown-up upgrade with homemade crispy shallots. The number of pans required to make it? Just one. Go to Recipe
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Jiffy Corn Casserole
Thanks to a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, this corn casserole comes together quickly and makes a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table.Go to Recipe
Gets the basics of cranberry sauce down (you only need three ingredients), then experiment with all the fun ways to jazz up this sweet-tart side.
Salads and Slaws
Amid a sea of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole, a light and refreshing salad or slaw adds a nice balance to the table.
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Marinated Feta-Beet Salad
When rock-hard beets are roasted until soft and sweet, then tossed with a vinaigrette to cut through all the sweetness, there’s something amazing that happens.Go to Recipe
Bread and Rolls
You can never go wrong with adding more carbs to the table. And homemade bread in any form is always satisfying. Whether you’re tight on time or looking for a project, we’ve got options for every schedule.
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If you have time, make a slow-rise dough. If you don't have time, don't forgo bread — try no-time bread.Go to Recipe
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This loaf is the simplest bread we know how to bake at home and it requires no stand mixer, no starter, no special knowledge, and no kneading.Go to Recipe
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1-Hour Dinner Rolls
While these no-knead rolls won't replace tender, yeasty rolls, they are a perfect, foolproof stand-in when you've only got an hour to spare.Go to Recipe