Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Tasty sides make the meal! Check out all the classics, like green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and sample some exciting new takes on old favorites.

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Garlic-Roasted Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 5 stars
Savory roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic, bacon and balsamic glaze topped with fresh Asiago cheese.

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Rating: 4.45 stars
I was on a search for a slow cooker green bean casserole to take to a friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner. I couldn't find one I liked, so I mixed and matched and came up with this one! It was so good that I didn't have any leftovers. Happily fed 8 adults and 3 children. Use different spices for your taste! I added some onion powder and Italian seasonings. After you serve, leave the lid off of the slow cooker so the french-fried onions remaining crispy on top. You could also use cream of mushroom soup in place of the cream of chicken.

Instant Pot® Sausage Dressing

Rating: 4.67 stars
Trying to shuffle different dishes that require different cooking temperatures on the big day can be challenging. Save yourself oven space and some hassle this holiday season by letting your Instant Pot® do some of the work for you.

Chef John's Candied Yams

Rating: 4.75 stars
Sure, everyone knows orange-fleshed sweet potatoes aren't really yams, but it makes for a shorter name. I'm not a huge sweet side dish person, but I make an exception for these candied yams that use lemon instead of orange juice as a sweetener.

Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes

Rating: 4.6 stars
Slices of potatoes are layered around a baking dish to create a beautiful crust for these creamy rosemary potatoes.

Sweet Potato Streusel Casserole with Coconut

Rating: 4.94 stars
Sweet potatoes have been a holiday staple for many years and score 101 next to the regular white potato. Combining them with a coconut streusel topping is simply a divine union! This is the ultimate favorite holiday recipe not only for my immediate family, but hands down, my dad's too! I'm sure you'll receive a 5-star rating!

Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
Tired of plain mashed potatoes? Why not try adding something new?

Instant Pot® Cherry-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
This cranberry sauce practically makes itself! It's quick, and you won't have to keep a constant eye on it. Substitute the water for apple or orange juice, or do half water and half rum! Can be made several days ahead of time, will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator, and can even be frozen if needed.

Basic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.52 stars
If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe. Simple and delicious.

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Rating: 4.72 stars
Butternut squash is so good on its own, that barely any seasoning is needed. This recipe is so simple and easy.

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.7 stars
Only fresh green beans and garlic will do for this easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.59 stars
This recipe is from my mother. It may sound strange, but these are really good and very easy to make. The Brussels sprouts should be brown with a bit of black on the outside when done. Any leftovers can be reheated or even just eaten cold from the fridge. I don't know how, but they taste sweet and salty at the same time!

Inspiration and Ideas

Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: Unrated
"My family begs me to make this every Thanksgiving. What makes it so good is the pecan topping!" – TINA B

Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Rating: Unrated
Baked up warm and creamy, with crunchy bits on top!

Candied Yams

Rating: 4.53 stars

This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite! Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used.