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I’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving side dish recipes – everything from classics like green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cornbread, mac and cheese, to more modern sides like Instant Pot carrots. This roundup has something for everyone!

the best Thanksgiving side dishes collage

Green Bean Casserole (with Canned Beans) from Cooking for Keeps

classic homemade green bean casserole

This classic Thanksgiving recipe is the perfect combination of creamy, crunchy, and indulgent. 

Crispy Rosemary Butter Roasted Potatoes from Half Baked Harvest

hasselback roasted potatoes

These hasselback potatoes are perfectly crisp (think potato chips) with hints of rosemary and garlic. Bonus: They will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table!

Chestnut Cornbread Stuffing from No Spoon Necessary

close-up of chestnut cornbread stuffing

This roasted chestnut cornbread stuffing is rich, buttery, salty, and packed with herbs. It’s also easy to make!  

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes from Salt & Lavender

close-up of creamy Instant Pot mashed potatoes with pools of melted butter

These mashed taters are thick and creamy, buttery, and perfectly flavored with a touch of garlic! Don’t own an Instant Pot? Don’t worry… I won’t leave you hanging. This recipe can also be made on the stove.

Bacon and Butternut Squash from Baking Mischief

bacon and butternut squash

You really can’t go wrong with crispy bacon and sweet butternut squash. What a combo! And those crispy charred edges taste soo good.

Sweet Potato Casserole from Salt & Lavender

sweet potato casserole in a glass baking dish with serving spoon

This is the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish! The marshmallow-pecan topping is crunchy and satisfying.

Maple Bacon Wrapped Carrots from Kevin is Cooking

bacon wrapped maple glazed carrots

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t resist sweet, tender carrots wrapped with bacon and basted with maple syrup and a kiss of sriracha sauce.

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes from Salt & Lavender

the best cream cheese mashed potatoes in a serving bowl with pats of butter on top

Where do I start with this one? These restaurant-style mashed potatoes are creamy, buttery, and oh so addictive!

Candied Yams from Self Proclaimed Foodie 

candied yams

Ok, so these are actually candied sweet potatoes, but many of us use the term interchangeably. Whatever you want to call them, you’ll love the sweet citrus glaze! 

Mashed Butternut Squash from Salt & Lavender

mashed butternut squash in a serving bowl with a spoonful being lifted out

Ever try mashing butternut squash? If not, now is a good time!

Jalapeno Cornbread from Chili Pepper Madness

jalapeno cornbread

This jalapeno cornbread recipe is incredibly moist with lots of spicy jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. Great for the holidays!

Boozy Cranberry Sauce from Salt & Lavender

close-up of drunken cranberry sauce

A touch of Grand Marnier takes this Thanksgiving staple from good to great!

Make-Ahead Homemade Stuffing from Wine and Glue

homemade stuffing

It has everything you love about a classic stuffing recipe including celery, onion, apples, and sausage. It’s loaded with tons of delicious flavor and can be made the day before so your Thanksgiving is made easier!

White Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin from Cooking Classy

white cheddar cauliflower gratin

You’d never know that cauliflower can taste so amazing! This gratin is rich, creamy, and cheesy. 

Easy Cranberry Sauce from Wine and Glue 

easy cranberry sauce

This cranberry sauce has only 3 ingredients and is a great alternative to the canned stuff!

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes from A Family Feast

pumpkin mashed potatoes

Who says pumpkin is just for dessert? You will love the savory flavors in this fall twist on mashed potatoes!

Make Ahead Sage Apple Stuffing from Sweet Peas and Saffron

apple herb stuffing

You can do the bulk of the prep work the day before you serve this delicious Thanksgiving stuffing recipe!

Apricot Glazed Carrots with Bacon and Jalapenos from The Beach House Kitchen

apricot and jalapeno glazed carrots

This unique twist on glazed carrots is sure to please the spice lovers at your holiday feast! 

Creamy Corn Pudding with Crispy Onions from Pinch of Yum

corn pudding

This casserole is buttery, creamy, just slightly sticky and a little bit sweet with a top layer of glorious crunchy golden onions.

Creamy Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Ambitious Kitchen 

best creamy garlic slow cooker mashed potatoes

Free up your stove and make these amazing mashed potatoes right in your Crockpot! These are on the healthier side if you’re watching your calories.

Ambrosia Salad from Foodie Crush

ambrosia salad

Nobody can pass up this ambrosia salad’s mixture of tropical fruit and marshmallows bathed in tangy whipped sour cream!

Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots from Salt & Lavender

process shot of raw beets and carrots on a sheet pan

This 5-ingredient maple roasted beets and carrots recipe is an easy, colorful, and healthy side dish. 

Scalloped Corn and Broccoli from Taste & Tell

scalloped corn and broccoli

Corn and broccoli are baked with cheese until bubbly and hot. This side dish is super warming and comforting!

Instant Pot Honey Butter Carrots from Salt & Lavender

bowl with Instant Pot honey butter steamed carrots and parsley garnish

This ridiculously easy side dish will free up your stove for other things!

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Salad from Cotter Crunch

vegan sautéed brussels sprouts salad

This salad is vegan and paleo, so it’s a great option to please everyone this Thanksgiving!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole from Vikalinka

Fresh green bean casserole close-up

This version of the famous American Thanksgiving side dish is made entirely from scratch, and it’s so worth it! 

Brussels Sprouts Gratin from Salt & Lavender

close-up spoonful of brussels sprouts au gratin

It’s a cheesy, creamy side dish that takes Brussels sprouts to the next level!

Roasted Delicata Squash from Table for Two

roasted delicata squash

This side dish is super easy, healthy, and the delicata squash is naturally sweet. The best part? You don’t even have to peel it!

Easy Creamed Spinach from Salt & Lavender

easy creamed spinach close-up

Use either fresh or frozen spinach for this classic side dish!

Mac and Cheese from Cooking Classy

creamy stovetop mac and cheese

This rich & creamy mac and cheese is simple to whip up and will make a fabulous addition to your Thanksgiving table! 

Cheesy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Salt & Lavender

close-up of scalloped sweet potatoes with cheese
Just look at that.

This is the ULTIMATE comfort food side dish. Gruyère, Parmesan, cream, garlic, and seasonal spices bake to melty perfection.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Aimee Mars

healthy sweet potato casserole

If you want a lighter version of the classic Thanksgiving side, this one’s for you!

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Bacon from Salt & Lavender

These bacon Brussels sprouts are an incredibly easy fall or winter side dish recipe with only two ingredients! Simple, quick, and delicious. 

This is a super delicious, fast, and easy 2-ingredient side dish that the whole family will love. 

Stuffing Casserole from The Cozy Cook

stuffing casserole

This stuffing casserole with sausage and green beans can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and baked in the oven or heated in the slow cooker! 

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes by Salt & Lavender

close-up of Crockpot mashed potatoes with plenty of butter

Yup, another mashed potatoes recipe. I like giving you options. 😉 These are extra creamy and buttery!

Easy Roasted Radishes from Salt & Lavender

close-up of roasted vegan low-carb radishes in halves with olive oil, salt and pepper, and parsley garnish

These are a great low-carb alternative to roasted potatoes. They will also look beautiful on your table!

Easy Crockpot Honey Glazed Carrots from Salt & Lavender 

These Crockpot honey carrots make a super easy and family-friendly side dish that's perfect for any occasion including Thanksgiving or Christmas.

These Crockpot honey glazed carrots are a super simple side dish that frees up your stove and requires minimal effort.

Whipped Cranberry Goat’s Cheese Spread from How Sweet Eats

cranberry goat cheese spread

How gorgeous is this festive spread? It’s just perfect for snacking on this Thanksgiving! 

Green Bean Casserole from Salt & Lavender

green bean casserole in a white 9x13 baking dish

And last but not least, this is my version of the classic side dish. It’s almost from scratch, but not quite – I use French’s fried onions to save time. Plus, they’re delicious.

Which of these Thanksgiving side dishes is your favorite?

You may also like to check out The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes.


Hi! Iā€™m Natasha.

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4 Comments

  1. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    What a delicious round up Natasha! Thanks so much for including my recipe! I’ll need to add a few of these to our Tgiving menu!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, friend! šŸ™‚

  2. Cheyanne says:

    Goodness, ALL of these look absolutely amazing! Seriously, who needs turkey when you can just have a smorgasbord of all these delicious sides!?!? I’m drooling!! Thank you so much for including my stuffing in this roundup! I’m honored!!!! Cheers and happy holidays!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Chey! šŸ™‚