Simple 5-Ingredient Thanksgiving Sides to Save You Time and Money
Gathering a long list of ingredients can take as much time as cooking the dang dish. And it's not just dawdling at the supermarket, wondering if you have enough allspice at home (before making a second trip to the store for cinnamon of all things). It's more time measuring, cleaning up, and fishing measuring spoons out of the garbage disposal. Already stressed? We're here for you. These Thanksgiving side dishes call for five ingredients or less, saving you loads of time in the kitchen as you prepare for the year's biggest feast.
Maple Glazed Carrots
"A huge hit at my holiday table," Elyse Krantz says. "Even those who dislike carrots went for seconds. Super quick and easy! Why eat carrots any other way?"
Fried Brussels Sprouts
"I made two pounds of sprouts for Thanksgiving, and there weren't any leftovers," Pearl says.
Easy Sour Cream Scalloped Potatoes
Sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and Cheddar cheese transform potatoes from plain to indulgent.
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
"I have made this a staple for Thanksgiving," Lauren Cosby says. Some reviewers recommend toning down the dessert-like sweetness of this side by cutting the honey in half.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
This homemade cranberry sauce takes just five minutes to prep, so you better not buy the canned stuff this year. "Made this with my mom for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and it's the best cranberry sauce I've ever tasted," Lauren Teasle says.
Easy Green Beans with Cream Cheese
Who knew nothing but butter, cream cheese, salt, and pepper could earn humble green beans a five-star rating? Skip green bean casseroles in favor of this dish.
Whipped Butternut Squash
Stuffing of Champions
This top-rated recipe reminds several of our home cooks of their family favorites. But the fact that it requires just five ingredients should convince anyone to cook a batch come Thanksgiving.
V's Fried Mashed Potatoes
Thanksgiving calls for a handful of decadent dishes, and these three-ingredient, skillet-fried mashed potatoes certainly make the cut.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
"If I ever came to Thanksgiving without this, I'd be asking for forgiveness because everyone would be mad at me." — easter424
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
'This recipe is spectacular. You don't need cream sauces, pastas, curries, sugary stuff, rum, chilis, or any other fancy ingredients," Laurie Lyter says. "For easy peeling, purchase a large, sharp vegetable peeler — the kind for bigger vegetables, not carrots -- at any grocery store. Sharpen your knife, and prep will be much easier. The sweet, delicate flavor of roasted squash will shine through to reward you in minutes."
Buttery Garlic Green Beans
"This was so easy and delicious. I was looking for a new green bean recipe to use as a side dish for Thanksgiving. We have so many casseroles that we need a simple vegetable side, and this recipe delivers just that!" — MINDY1315
Southern Fried Apples
Though not a traditional Thanksgiving side, our buttery Southern Fried Apples might just dethrone your favorite sweet side dish.
Orange Wild Rice with Pistachios and CranberriesOrange Wild Rice with Pistachios and Cranberries
Flavored with pistachios, cranberries, and orange juice, this wild rice would make a seamless addition to Thanksgiving plates. "I used clementine oranges because I had them, but other than that followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious and easy," reviewer DoGoodNow says.
Vintage Fresh Green Bean Casserole (circa 1956)
Yes, we're introducing you to yet another green bean dish because this one's creamy, cheesy, and topped with French-fried onions. What more could you ask for?