21 Great Oven-Free Sides for Thanksgiving

Save the oven for the bird. These quick side dishes come together easily on the stovetop or in your slow cooker.

Stove-Top "Roasted" Red Potatoes

"This was delicious! I made the corn for company and they raved about it. It was quick and easy to make. I used canned corn instead of frozen and it was still wonderful."


Dressed Peas

"My step-son loved this. When I told him the dish was called 'Dressed Peas' he said: These dressed peas are better than naked peas any day!"

-~*~Gold Medal Flower~*~

Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

"I made these for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone said they were the best mashed potatoes they've ever eaten. I will never boil them again!"


Dijon Beets

"I love how simple this was to prepare, but it really packs a punch in terms of flavor. I loved the tangy sweet and sour taste."


Creamed Leeks

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


Mashed Sweet Potatoes

"These are great! Trust that these will eventually soften. At the end of about 45 minutes, I went to mash and they mashed perfectly."


Brussels Sprouts in Garlic Butter

"Brussels sprouts aren't my favorite, but after these I crave them all the time. Leave garlic in the pan, for golden and simply mouthwatering sprouts."


Fried Cauliflower with Tahini & Pomegranate Molasses

The pomegranate molasses is a two-for-one ingredient in this Lebanese-inspired dish. It provides both the sweet and tart needed to make the earthy flavors of the cauliflower and tahini pop.

Creamed Corn

"This was delicious! I made the corn for company and they raved about it. It was quick and easy to make. I used canned corn instead of frozen and it was still wonderful."


Creamy Slow-Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

"This all comes together very nicely, and it was nice to have a clear stove to make the rest of dinner while this was going in the slow cooker."


Pumpkin Soup

"This was lovely and thick and the color is amazing. I like the added nutmeg. I swirled a bit of cream on top, too."


Cranberry, Feta & Walnut Salad

"Everything blended together beautifully — from the creamy feta to the chewy cranberries to the crunchy walnuts. A wonderful blast of flavors!"


Panera's Cheesy Broccoli Soup

"I cheated and used a frozen veggie mix and everyone loved it! Make double batches and freeze them for another day."

-Chef #745711

Green Beans Almondine

"I was the biggest fan of these around the Thanksgiving table. I used whole frozen green beans and a little extra lemon juice."


24k Carrots

"I'm not normally a fan of sweetened veggies, but the brown sugar and ginger was a great combo. I melted everything in the microwave, then added my boiled carrots and tossed to combine."


Acorn Squash & Apple Soup

"I made this for Thanksgiving — it filled the entire house with the aroma of fall. The yogurt garnish and maple syrup were great additions!"

-Kumquat the Cat's friend

Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes

"Everyone loved this dish. It was such a great alternative to the classic oven version."

-children from A to Z

Fennel & Apple Salad with Blue Cheese

"What I really loved about this salad is that all the ingredients were like shining stars — no single flavor overwhelmed another. Fantastic!"


Parmesan & Basil Orzo

"A great side dish! This was truly quick, easy and very tasty. It reminds a little of risotto but is faster and easier to make."


Slow-Cooker Spinach Casserole

"This was nice and cheesy! I cooked it on low for four hours and it stayed moist and creamy."


Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

"This was a huge hit at Thanksgiving. It was easy to make and the best thing is — it's a make-ahead recipe you can freeze. One less thing to make on the big day!"

-Bonnie G #2