70 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.

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."


Southern Corn Pudding

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


Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

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

-TaterBug! :)

Creamed Leeks

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


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

Green Bean Casserole

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


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!"


Rice & Broccoli Casserole

"This was the best broccoli rice casserole ever! I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about it. I doubled the recipe and froze half in little containers after it was cooked."


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."


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

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

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."


Turkey Pan Gravy

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


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!"


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."


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."


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!"


Hasselback Candied Yams

These Hasselback candied yams are a new twist on a classic. Perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving.

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!"


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!"


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."


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."


Mashed Red Potatoes With Garlic & Parmesan

"A great change from ordinary mashed potatoes. Who would have thought the simple addition of garlic & parmesan cheese would make such a difference."


Sweet Potato Casserole

"Everyone said it was the best sweet potato casserole they've ever eaten. My favorite part was that I assembled it the day before and just popped it in the oven when as the turkey rested."

-Sandee in FL

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

Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes

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

-Heather #2

Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing

"I totally love this dressing. It was a blessing to free up my oven on Thanksgiving and it tastes every bit as good as what I used to bake in the oven."


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!"


Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Mac n' cheese is a Thanksgiving staple for many American households. This year, try it with cauliflower for a healthy spin!

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!"


Easy Dinner Rolls

"These rolls were easy to make and have a nice texture when they're golden brown. I will definitely use this recipe whenever I need to make dinner rolls."

-Candice R.

Green Chile Spinach Dip

"GREAT! I used fresh roasted hatch chilies and added a pinch hot sauce. Really yummy!"

-Kate M.

Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts

"These are fabulous and far superior to the way I made them before. The cooking time was perfect and the brown roasty part is an excellent touch."


Pan-Roasted Broccoli

"The technique is what makes this recipe. Follow the directions exactly and you will be amazed at the result."


Crab Cake-Stuffed Mushrooms

Mini crab cakes take stuffed mushrooms to the next level.

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."


Herbed Green Bean Casserole

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

-Crafty Lady 13

Collard Greens Mac & Cheese

Four cheese mac and cheese inspired by Southern home cooking.

Scalloped Potatoes

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

-Chef #393937

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."


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

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

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."


Campbell's Bacon & Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

Take the classic green bean casserole and kick it up a few levels with everybody's favorite combination of ingredients: bacon and cheddar.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

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


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."


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!"


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."


Campbell's Mini Green Bean Casseroles

Take your green bean casserole and individually wrap them for a less-mess side that fits in with any plate.

Baked Butternut Squash

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


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

Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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


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."


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

Squash with Dried Cranberries

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


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."


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!"


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."


Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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

-Roxygirl in Colorado

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!"


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."


Cheesy Potato Casserole

"Love them! These are a longtime family favorite at our house. These also freeze well, so make a double batch next time and treat yourself after company's gone."


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

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Apple

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


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!"


Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry bread loaded with sugared cranberries for an added festive touch.

Scalloped Corn Skillets

Serve this delicious corn spoon bread in individual cast iron skillets.

Deviled Eggs & Candied Bacon

Kelsey Nixon's deviled eggs are slightly smoky with a hint of sweet from the brown-sugar bacon. Perfect for every palate around your Thanksgiving table.

Slow-Cooker Stuffing

"First time making stuffing from scratch and it was perfect! I love the idea of being able to throw the ingredients together and forget about it until serving time. Made the recipe as directed and it was super moist and flavorful."


Sweet Cornbread

"Fabulous cornbread. Make sure to double the recipe because it WILL get eaten. This cornbread is incredibly moist with just the right amount of sweetness. The texture is perfect, not to cakey like others I have tried."