Thanksgiving Side Dishes

While it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a golden brown turkey anchoring the table, a good argument can be made that it's really the side dish recipes that steal the show at this holiday feast. The sheer variety of indulgence is stunning, from buttery mashed potatoes to sweet corn casseroles, sage-scented stuffing, and marshmallow-studded yams. Can you imagine the feast without roasted squash and green bean casserole? And it's practically a crime to not include a sweet-tart cranberry sauce at the table - it's gorgeous ruby color and touch of tart flavor helps to offset the richness of all the other players. This Thanksgiving, play around with your favorites. While everyone loves the classics, adding new twists on old favorites can help keep the meal feeling fresh and modern.

Fresh Cranberry-Fig Relish

Better Homes and Gardens

You'll be done in 10 minutes when you use this no-cook recipe and a food processor. Save leftover relish for turkey sandwiches.

Cider-Maple Brussels Sprouts

Better Homes and Gardens

Making this autumn side dish couldn't be easier just toss the Brussels sprouts in your slow cooker and top with cider, maple syrup, thyme, and onion.

Mashed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Give a favorite side dish new flavor with one of four options: garlic, pesto, sour cream and chive, or cheesy chipotle. It's an easy recipe to master.

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Diabetic Living

With a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy green bean casserole side dish recipe is low in fat and sodium.

Fingerling Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

For a delicious side dish, roast fingerling potatoes in a baking pan or roast them in a roasting pan with turkey.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

These special occasion sweet potatoes can be made ahead. Reheat before dinner.

Asiago Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

Give mashed potatoes an Italian twist by stirring in Asiago cheese and an herbacious tomato pesto.

Roasted Sweets & Greens

Better Homes and Gardens

Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes are balanced beautifully by an elegant dressing of cider vinegar, fresh garlic and peppery arugula. Hazelnuts add texture and buttery richness. Due to their high fat content, hazelnuts are particularly susceptible to rancidity. For optimal shelf life, store in an air-tight container in the freezer, for up to 3 months.

Coconut-Curry Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Give mashed potatoes a twist your family will love by combining sweet potatoes with coconut milk, curry powder, and crushed red pepper.

Total: 30 mins

Broccoli-Cauliflower Bake

Better Homes and Gardens

Only one pan is required for this creamy recipe brimming with broccoli and cauliflower.

Two-Tone Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Wow holiday guests with an unexpected two-tone twist on a classic mashed potatoes recipe.

Molasses-Tossed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Using a variety of small potatoes adds visual interest to this sweet and sharp-flavored side dish.

The Very Best Mashed Potatoes


In this recipe, usual mashed potato ingredients cream, butter and milk get a helping hand from one secret partner: cider vinegar. Feel free to keep them warm in your slow cooker until guests arrive or reheat in the microwave as needed.

Honeyed Sweet Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet potatoes glazed with honey, brown sugar, and ginger add a touch of richness to any meal.

Rich Squash Casserole

Family Circle

Green Bean Tart

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