20 Special Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Satisfy Every Eater
Thanksgiving for all
Gathering all your loved ones — and their dietary restrictions — together around the Thanksgiving table has never been easier with this round-up of Thanksgiving side dishes. From gluten-free and dairy-free, to keto and Mediterranean, these feast-worthy Thanksgiving side dishes will satisfy every eater at your table.
Gluten-free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
With so many flavorful roasted veggies, hearty rices, and spices and herbs that bring it all to life, you definitely won't be missing a thing with these recipes — least of all, the gluten.
This top-rated stuffing is packed with bursts of flavor by way of currants, dried cherries and cranberries, apples and savory herbs. Home cook biweber says, "This stuffing is delicious!" And best of all, "it was a super hit for my gluten-intolerant friends."
"The star of this dish is the HAZELNUTS!" raves OkinawanPrincess. "I love how they give this a nutty, earthy flavor with the light seasonings and nice crunch from green beans. This is my new favorite way to prepare green beans!"
3. Carrot Rice
Home cook JEANIRVIN says that "this is the best rice side dish I've ever used." And if you have any young kids coming to dinner, you're in luck: "Even my picky grandchildren — who don't like rice — liked this dish. I used a zester to make long spaghetti like carrot pieces instead of grating, which took a little extra time, but my grandchildren were fascinated."
VIDEO: Carrot Rice
Many reviewers of this recipe saw great results without adding any water for cooking, just like home cook *Sherri*: "I added in some garlic and Italian seasoning for more flavoring and didn't even use any water — just stir-fried in my 12-inch cast iron skillet and the olive oil and zucchini made its own liquid as it was cooking."
Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes
From cheesy casseroles to hearty salads, these keto-friendly recipes are low in carbs and high in deliciousness.
If part of your Thanksgiving tradition includes a mac 'n' cheese side, this is a great keto-friendly option. Home cook Cindy Futch says, "I added some garlic powder, used shredded triple Cheddar cheese, and lots of black pepper. I have been craving mac 'n' cheese and this really hit the spot!"
These tasty cheese biscuits will be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving feast for any of your guests following the keto diet. Home cook kathryn5 says, "I love the richness and flavor — they are a real treat."
Even if you're nearing cauliflower overload, listen to SusanVey, who makes a convincing case that this recipe will wake you back up to its deliciousness: "Fantastic! Made it exactly as written. As a long-time low-carber, I get very tired of cauliflower, but this dish makes me forget I'm eating it. Could have been rice. A little bit of heaven!!"
"Simple and delicious," says home cook Soup Loving Nicole. And even if you can't find straight-up arugula, improvising still serves up delicious results: "My store doesn't sell arugula on its own, but in a mix that includes spinach, which worked nicely in this."
Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and green beans all make an appearance in this batch of recipes that will keep your favorite dairy-free guest happy. Try using a dairy-free butter such as Country Crock Plant Butter to give your recipes the rich and satisfying flavor of dairy butter.
"Very good recipe, says home cook jkr7977. "Easy and impressive to make. The texture and flavor turned out a lot like risotto without a lot of stirring."
Home cook Jennifer95 has declared this worthy of a repeat Thanksgiving appearance: "Definitely a great recipe! I would make this again next year for Thanksgiving." And check out this great tip for Thanksgiving day ease: "I put all of the ingredients in my crockpot in the morning, let it cook on low for about seven hours, and it was delicious!"
This recipe has a surprise ingredient that's a hit with reviewers like home cook tomato-tomata: "I love oregano and was surprised to have it on sweet potatoes, but it was fantastic. I shuffled the potatoes around three times during baking so that they wouldn't be hard on the bottoms."
The "quick" in this recipe is thanks to the cooking method: "I love sprouts in general," says home cook Piques. "But stir-fry is a favorite in our house. This was a tasty recipe. Rather than cook the sprouts beforehand, I added them raw to the bacon and added a little chicken stock. Turned out great."
Mediterranean Diet Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Light, simple, and fresh is a good trio of words to describe these delicious Mediterranean-friendly recipes that will look and taste great as a part of any Thanksgiving spread.
Farfelle is in the recipe title, but if you don't have any on hand, don't let that stop you! Home cook CLARE L says, "I made it with angel hair pasta, used both chorizo and regular sausage, and added some mushrooms, but kept everything else the same. Great recipe!"
Reviewer after reviewer shared essentially the same advice that The Cookie Girl does: "For all of us that have to mess with the recipe...DON'T!!! It took all of my willpower to not add a little of this or that. Namely garlic. This is hands down phenomenal made just as directed. Greek hubs said I was granted a lifetime visa to Athens for this dish." Lesson learned: don't mess with perfection.
VIDEO: Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)
Sometimes less is more with recipes, as home cook Naples34102 points out: "With no heavy sauces or seasonings, this is simple, fresh, and just plain delicious. I served this with roasted chicken, but I could have eaten it all by myself."
"This was surprisingly good," says home cook Mr. Whisk. "I didn't have barley but used a brown rice with barley and spelt. Otherwise made as directed. Even those in the house who aren't crazy about cilantro liked it."
VIDEO: Mediterranean Barley Salad
Flexitarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes
For those going heavy on the vegetables and plant-proteins with the occasional serving of meat, these side dishes cover that spectrum perfectly.
"This was unlike any cauliflower I have ever eaten; it's truly special and unique," says Naples34102. "Whether it's the roasting aspect or the addition of Parmesan cheese — or the combination of the two — this is a memorable dish, which is saying a lot since this is just cauliflower!"
The easiest way to roast vegetables! "This recipe was SO good," says greeny4444. "I had never really found a good way to roast vegetables that didn't sound complicated until now. I took this dish to my brother's house, and they wanted to keep all the leftovers!
NiKKi describes this dish as having "a hint of spice," and also as a crowd-pleaser that's perfect for Thanksgiving dinner: "My parents, brother, and boyfriend loved it. I recommend this dish for a family get-together."
"Loved it," says Whitney Johnson, who also agreed with many other reviewers who suggest you "cook the bacon first to crisp it up and replace most of the olive oil with the bacon grease." C'mon, all the cool kids are doing it!
VIDEO: Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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