15 Best Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Thanksgiving. Let's call it what it is — a never-ending cooking marathon than ends in piles of dirty dishes and everyone asleep on the couch with full bellies. Don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorite days of the year. But sometimes, you need your menu selections to do you a favor and you know, not be super time-consuming and difficult? These side dishes have been highly rated by thousands of home cooks, and they require little prep work and few ingredients. Save your energy for the main event and give these easy sides a try. Read on for our 15 best easy Thanksgiving side dishes.
Reviewer MYANGELSMOM says, "This is one of those 'ohmigosh, how did I ever live without it' recipes! Moist, easy, delicate flavor, and makes a nice LARGE bread...plenty for seconds, which no doubt you'll be asked for!" Cornbread is a Thanksgiving staple, and this top-rated recipe proves there's no need to labor over it to get a stellar result.
Yellow Squash Casserole
This comforting casserole is ready in under an hour. Reviewer Kristine Cassey Hoskins says, "I have made this for company twice and it was all gone in minutes both times and the recipe was requested both times. This, to me, makes a success!"
Quick Yeast Rolls
"I've made a whole lot more complicated roll recipes that didn't taste as good as these easy rolls do," says reviewer ZZOAOZZ. When DCASH30526 made them for a state fair, they earned first place!
Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions, Spinach, and Craisins®
Bring this colorful salad to liven up a Thanksgiving table full of casseroles. Recipe creator Marcia says, "A delicious deviation from the typical squash preparation, this recipe has kind of a nutty flavor with or without the nuts."
Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Reviewer brunosmom21 describes these three-ingredient mashed potatoes as "Fluffy, flavorful clouds in my mouth. And so easy." Learn this technique from Chef John to achieve the perfect mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving feast.
Sesame Green Beans
These nontraditional green beans make a unique addition to any Thanksgiving spread. Reviewer annersmarie says, "I've made these a few times now. They're just so easy to make, and I love how I don't have to use any butter."
Candied Sweet Potatoes
"This is a fabulous recipe!" raves Kim_Goldberg. "I was looking for a recipe to make them like my Mom does...and this is even better than her's!! I made this for my 1st Thanksgiving and people are still talking about how good they were!! It's very easy to make...I even made it the day before and baked it right before we sat down to dinner. Thanks!"
Really Easy Bread Stuffing
White bread, onion, and seasonings are all that's needed to make this top-rated recipe. Recipe creator Katie describes this as, "Delicious and super simple to make! This is the stuffing to make if you're looking for simplicity in your stuffing. You can use either fresh or stale bread in this recipe."
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Even Brussels sprout haters can't resist this creamy dish made in one hour with just six ingredients. "A great way to have Brussels sprouts with a little more flair," says CreativeCaterer. "The cream takes away the bitterness you usually find in Brussels. This is a family favorite during the holidays!"
Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
These individually portioned muffin tins make for an elegant holiday presentation. But beware...it's hard to have just one. Take it from reviewer Jen who says, "Let's just say...Portion control? What portion control? My husband ate eight of these! They were amazing."
Put your fall harvest on display with this carrot dish that takes just 25 minutes to make! Reviewer Nelson says, "Simple, but sometimes simple is the best...top it with some chopped parsley so it's beautiful!"
Easy Corn Pudding
This rich corn pudding is an easy addition to any Thanksgiving table. "This was so easy and very, very tasty! The best part was the top gets golden brown like cornbread, but the dish's consistency is that of a thick pudding," says reviewer jingo55jo.
Put down the can! "This was the best cranberry sauce I have ever had! I used to just resort to canned because I never seemed to be able to make a 'good' cranberry sauce," says reviewer LEXI, JACK and COOKIE. The best part? It's ready in less than 20 minutes.
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
Reviewer naples34102 says it best: "Not sure I'd roast butternut squash any other way after making this basic, non-fussy recipe. Winning recipes almost always begin with fresh ingredients and a little seasoning to enhance and complement. This is a winner. Easy to prepare, quick to roast, easy to serve and eat, pretty on the plate, and delicious."
Best Green Bean Casserole
No one will ever believe this green bean casserole with over 500 glowing reviews took just 25 minutes to make. Reviewer ANDREA R. says it's just as good, if not better the next day.