51 Ultimate Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The turkey may take center stage, but Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without its supporting cast of sides. Check out our all-time favorites.

Part of: Thanksgiving: Side Dishes

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes

"This is so simple, yet so tasty and impressive. Not only are the potatoes nice and cheesy, but the recipe is easy on the budget, too."

-HokiesMom

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5-Ingredient Corn Casserole

"This casserole is so easy and tasty! It is open to so much variation and is simple and cheap to make."

-the80srule

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Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes

"This is a fabulous recipe! These are a healthful, nutritious and superior-tasting alternative to fried potatoes."

-Heather #2

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Cranberry Sauce

"This was wonderful. I had no idea it would be so easy to make my own cranberry sauce instead of eating the canned stuff!"

-TexasKelly

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

"We really enjoy this during the holidays. It's best when the squash is cut into large chunks so that the outside gets a maple-flavored crust and the inside stays soft and delicious."

-Pianolady

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Slow-Cooker Sausage Stuffing

"I love the combination of flavors and the fact that it is made in the crock pot — it keeps the oven free for other sides and it's so easy."

-Delicious as it Looks

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Turkey Pan Gravy

"Best. Gravy. Ever. I'm usually fumbling with the gravy while the turkey goes cold, but this was perfect and easy."

-Gingernut

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Buttery Rolls

"I don't think I've had any homemade bread-machine rolls this delicious, and I have been cooking and baking for almost 50 years. This recipe is a keeper!"

-1mamacindy

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Green Bean Casserole

"This is a Thanksgiving favorite at our house! I use fresh green beans and add a dash of soy sauce."

-Toadi

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Cranberry Salad

"This was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner! It's also great as a dessert. I couldn't find black walnuts, so I substituted chopped pecans."

-RecipeNut

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Scalloped Potatoes

"I've made this for several parties and always get requests for the recipe. It's great!"

-Chef #393937

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Roasted Green Beans

"I just made these for Thanksgiving dinner and they were great. They reheated very nicely, but they're so good that I kept picking at them even while they were cold in the fridge!"

-A.S.K.

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Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

"I started making this recipe years ago, and now I make it for every holiday. There really is NO substitute for this macaroni and cheese!"

-Melathome

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Slow-Cooked Cinnamon Applesauce

"This was thick, rich and delicious! I normally don't care for applesauce, and neither does the rest of my family, but this was gone in an instant."

-Mom2MMCJ

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Dressed Peas

"These were amazing! The sauce was a great way to dress up plain peas. I especially liked the addition of red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard."

-V.A.

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Sweet Cornbread

"This is the perfect cornbread. I've tried so many recipes that are either too sweet or too bland. I will be using this recipe from now on!"

-Bittersweetened

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Broccoli Casserole

"This recipe is a definite keeper. Most broccoli casseroles use Velveeta — I like that this one uses real cheese. It's simple but very good!"

-Ci-Ci

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Southern Corn Pudding

"This is simple, easy to make and yummy. It is the perfect holiday dish."

-BecR

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Creamed Leeks

"I love leeks and was glad to find a recipe where they’re the main attraction! This makes an excellent side dish."

-*Parsley*

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Balsamic & Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

"Wow, wow, wow, were these ever good, quick and easy to make! They were perfect, with a great flavor and a beautiful texture."

-Baby Kato

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Easiest Creamed Spinach

"Holy cow, this was delicious! My husband hates spinach, and I made him try it. He then proceeded to eat the whole thing!"

-Chef #511026

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Cranberry, Feta & Walnut Salad

"This is a fantastic salad. I've made it on three occasions and received rave reviews. My husband now requests that I make it for all of our dinner parties."

-PixiBlossom

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Butternut Squash Soup

"This soup is delicious! I substituted ground ginger, and it was still really tasty. I also microwaved the squash, which made it much quicker."

-Elaine101

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Candied Sweet Potatoes

"This is Southern cooking at its finest. The seasonings and amount of sweetness were both perfect."

-Dreamgoddess

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Sauteed Mushrooms

"This is outstanding! The wine, butter and Worcestershire sauce make it incredible. I also like the flavor the green onions add to the dish."

-PixieDust

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Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

"This came out creamy and rich, with a standout cheddar flavor."

-TaterBug! :)

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

"I started making this soup years ago to copy a local restaurant's version. This soup is made from pantry ingredients, it keeps wonderfully and it's always a big hit!"

-marna

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

"These are simply delicious! I was in a hurry, so I cut the sprouts in half and they were perfectly done in about 15 minutes."

-MsPia

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

"I love this recipe and make it every year at Thanksgiving. It's best if you make it several days ahead to allow the flavors to blend."

-Joanne Bryant

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Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic

"Wow! Delish! I used a big head of cauliflower, and my husband and I easily polished off the pan in one sitting."

-ladybug810

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Baked Butternut Squash

"This is fantastic. I would never have thought to use cardamom with squash, but it's wonderful."

-Bergy

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Simple Glazed Pearl Onions

"This is a great recipe! Dinner wasn't even finished yet when I was asked when I'd make it again."

-Kathleen Nelson

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Mixed Vegetable Casserole

"Who knew frozen vegetables could be so good? l will definitely be making this when the family is all here. It's easy and delicious, and I love that combo!"

-GaylaV

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Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

"These have wonderful flavor. The garlic is subtle, and the butter and sour cream make these rich and creamy."

-what-a-kerfuffle

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Creamed Corn Casserole

"I make this every year for Thanksgiving, and it's always gone quickly! It's so moist — a must for creamed-corn lovers."

-Khinson

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Creamed Peas & Onions

"This is a great way to dress up ordinary peas, and the sauce is simple and quick! I used frozen peas and red pearl onions."

-Dreamer in Ontario

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Squash with Dried Cranberries

"This is a wonderful flavor combination, and it looks so attractive! Try substituting dried tart cherries."

-Bergy

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Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

"I loved that this freed up my stovetop. Since the slow cooker was already hot, I was able to finish plating while the potatoes stayed hot."

-HokiesMom

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Sweet Potato Casserole

"When I had that first bite full of brown sugar and melted butter, I was in heaven. Note: I think this tastes best piping hot."

-Burned Toast

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Honey-Glazed Carrots & Parsnips

"If you haven't had parsnips before, this is a great first recipe. It's super-easy to do and tastes wonderful (hot and also at room temperature)."

-Brooke the Cook in WI

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Turnip Puff

"I have been making this recipe for years and years, and it is still a family favorite. The only change I make is to add four carrots along with the turnips, which makes it slightly sweeter."

-Annie1234

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Spicy Hasselback Potatoes

"These are a lot more interesting than plain roasted or baked potatoes, and they're easy to do. The slices fan out as the potatoes cook, so in addition to tasting great, they look pretty, too!"

-Kookaburra

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Braised Red Cabbage with Red Onion & Apples

"This recipe filled the kitchen with a fabulous aroma, looked great in the serving dish and was a big hit with our family."

-ZONA FOODIES

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

"These are the best sweet potatoes! I think baking the potatoes makes a huge difference."

-Roxygirl in Colorado

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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

"This recipe makes Thanksgiving so much easier. Depending on how you make it, it can be light and creamy or a thicker, heartier gravy. Either way, it has full, rich flavor!"

-Charmie777

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Green Beans Almondine

"This is such a nice and easy recipe. The lemon juice really freshened up the green beans, and the toasted almonds were a great touch."

-Morningfeather

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

"Very easy and yummy. I used 2 pounds of fresh diced potatoes and increased the cooking time by about 10 minutes and it was perfect! I substituted cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom and it was delicious. I also doubled the onions and I used margarine instead of butter. My only comment is the casserole was quite oily - maybe that was because I used margarine. I think you could sugnificantly cut back on the margarine (maybe even eliminate it altogether) because the soup and sour cream mixture provides plenty of moisture. I also topped the casserole with another small handful of cheese when there was about 10 minutes of cooking time left. Bottom line - a big time hit at my house! Rich, creamy and cheesy!"

-Susie D

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Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Cream Dressing

"I loved this! I typically have roasted beets on hand, and this was a nice and different way to use them."

-Muffin Goddess

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Apple

"This was absolutely delicious and easy to make. It will definitely be on my Thanksgiving table every year."

-Kelly_Green

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Mashed Potato Pie

"This is a fantastic recipe, and it's so easy to put together. It came out so creamy and cheesy. It's hard to believe that it's made from instant mashed potatoes!"

-yooper

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Herbed Green Bean Casserole

"Very elegant looking green been casserole. I loved the flavor of the herbs and the parmesan cheese."

-Crafty Lady 13

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