If you’re looking for new, delicious and easy Thanksgiving side dishes to make for the holiday table this year, we’ve got you covered! From make-ahead casseroles to fun takes on favorite veggies, there’s a little something for everyone here in this list of 15+ of the BEST Thanksgiving side dishes.
Thanksgiving is coming! If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for a new recipe or two to add to your Thanksgiving dinner menu this year.
Let’s be real: while Thanksgiving turkey is always delicious, I am always in search of the most delicious side dishes because they are the star of the show. To me, at least.
So today, I want to share some of the best and easiest side dishes I have to offer to add to your Thanksgiving spread. I’m also pulling in some recipes from friends of mine to widen our net. We’re using fresh ingredients and striking the perfect balance at this year’s Thanksgiving table.
I’ve categorized these side dish recipes to make it easier on you to figure out what fits the bill for YOU.
These categories are:
Make Ahead Casseroles… for those of us who need easy side dishes that can also be made in advance. These recipes are also good for travel, too. Make ’em ahead of time and bring ’em along warm or to bake at your final destination.
Veggie-Centric Side Dishes. Because everyone has at least one vegetarian at their Thanksgiving celebration and because we want them to enjoy the meal as much as any meat-eater!
Side Dishes with Meat. Why? I shockingly have a lot of sides that involve bacon, and they needed their own category.
What kinds of side dishes are listed here?
We’ve got a little something for everyone and are spanning various ingredients. Here, you’ll find a classic recipe or two (AKA the traditional recipes we all know and love), as well as some more unique dishes that make a great addition to the holiday table.
So we’ve got green beans, cranberry sauce (or cranberry chutney), green bean casserole, butternut squash and more. There are brussels sprouts, corn casserole (with sour cream), fall salads and more that are all bursting with so much flavor.
Basically… we’ve got tons of ideas to fill out your Thanksgiving menu and honestly, these are some of the BEST Thanksgiving side dishes around that pair with the main dish, whether it’s a roast turkey, a holiday ham or something else.
How many side dishes to serve
Two is a good place to start, especially if you have a smaller crowd of 4 people. That being said, I’m of the mind to always have MORE sides to where everyone can get a taste of something, as well as provide pickier eaters have a selection to choose from.
Add another side dish for every additional 3-4 people. From there, you’ll just want to scale up your production of each offering for a bigger crowd.
So how do you choose the best side dishes for your group? I like to have a little bit of everything for different tastes and dietary requirements! Also, you KNOW everyone has their own favorite Thanksgiving sides, so it’s good to ask them.
Weeknight dinners… in case you want a taste of these delicious Thanksgiving side dishes before or after the big day
For sustenance before the local Turkey Trot or volunteer shift
To enjoy as a part of leftovers (looking at you, Turkey Cranberry Sandwich)
Throughout the holiday season
If you’re bringing these Thanksgiving side dishes on the road with you, just make sure they’re safely packaged. Nobody wants a crushed dish when it arrives at the big dinner.
ALSO, many of these easy Thanksgiving sides also double as Christmas and New Year’s sides, so Thanksgiving can work as a test run for other events you might have coming up.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
It’s fun to have delicious side dishes for turkey day. Here are some of my favorite things to do if I’m hosting the feast…
Aim for a variety of flavors and textures. Not only will your guests possibly have different preferences than you, but it’s nice to have a mixture.
Plan out how to serve each side dish before you make it. This means deciding what casserole dish (or serving platter) you’ll place it on, as well as if you need tongs, spoons, etc. Set these aside early.
Stock up on disposable storage containers to send guests home with leftovers after your big feast.
So if you’re looking for new Thanksgiving side dishes to make this year or just want to peruse some different options, we’ve got you covered.
Want to serve the best Thanksgiving desserts? I’ve rounded up 33+ Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pie for ya…
Need some ideas about appetizers for the big day? Check out my Best Thanksgiving Appetizers post.
Check out these delicious recipes below. I hope that you’ll find a new family favorite!
The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes
If you're looking for new, delicious and easy Thanksgiving side dishes to make for the holiday table this year, we've got you covered! From make-ahead casseroles to fun takes on favorite veggies, there's a little something for everyone here in this list of 15+ of the BEST Thanksgiving side dishes.
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potato Casserole makes the PERFECT Thanksgiving and holiday side dish! Creamy russet potatoes are cooked with garlic cloves, then mashed with butter, milk and parmesan cheese. Top with additional parmesan before baking to create a crispy exterior on this comforting casserole.
Knock the socks off your guests with this slightly sweet Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole, covered with a crunchy streusel topping. The bourbon sings, the sweet potatoes are light and creamy, and the streusel topping adds texture to this take on a holiday classic.
This from-scratch Creamed Cornbread Casserole is a Southern classic and a decadent casserole for the holiday table. Combine cream corn with a homemade sweet cornbread and a jalapeño to delightful side dish that's perfect for sharing.
Sweet and spicy, Drunken Cranberry Sauce pairs perfectly with a traditional holiday dishes like turkey, gravy and stuffing. Ready within 15 minutes, this lightning fast spiced cranberry sauce side dish adds sweetness to a meal.
Vegan Green Beans with Toasted Pine Nuts make the BEST accompaniment for any meal or celebration. Steamed green beans are topped with toasted pine nuts and a diced shallot, then finished with olive oil. This simple side dish is sure to be a winner any time of year.
In search of a vegan, grain-free Thanksgiving side? Look no farther than this simple, but incredibly flavorful Garlicky Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti squash is baked, then shredded and sauteed with red pepper flakes and tons of garlic.
This roasted acorn squash salad is a fall-favorite recipe with roasted veggies, fluffy quinoa, crumbly queso fresco and roasted pumpkin seeds, all tossed in a delicious honey-lemon dressing and sprinkled with pomegranate.
Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto are a decadent side dish recipe that are simple to make and easy to eat. This unique roasted brussels sprouts recipe is delicious for any occasion and perfect for sharing.
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are a delicious twist on a classic potato side dish. All you need is a handful of ingredients and about an hour to make the best sweet potato recipe! It’s perfect to serve alongside any meal or as a fancier side dish at a holiday table.
Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple and Cranberries is a flavorful and stunning dish to serve for any occasion, especially a holiday dinner! This baked butternut squash recipe strikes the perfect balance of sweet and savory and is ready in less than an hour.
These Homemade Mashed Potatoes are the easiest, most comforting side dish. All you need are a few ingredients and about 30 minutes to make the best mashed potatoes! Perfect for holidays or weeknights—potatoes are wonderful anytime.
Serve Cranberry Feta Brussels Sprout Salad with Candied Pecans and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette as a festive side dish this season! Slightly sweet, savory, salty and crunchy, this salad is a delicious new way to enjoy Brussels sprouts!
A spin on traditional French bread stuffing, Bacon and Baguette Stuffing is sure to be a hit at this year's Thanksgiving table! This decadent stuffing dish calls for day-old baguettes and bacon, as well as onions, carrots, celery, garlic, fresh herbs, cheese and broth.