Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Let’s face it: Turkey Day isn’t really about the turkey. More often than not, Thanksgiving side dishes steal the show. We’re certainly not complaining, because we’ve got collection of side dishes for Thanksgiving that are so tasty we’d be eating them all year long if we could. Take our cheddar and jalapeno stuffing, which manages to be fluffy, cheesy, and spicy all at once—in other words, the essence of comfort food. With our roasted Brussels sprouts and grapes recipe, the sprouts are cooked until they’re golden and crispy and the grapes burst and caramelize, adding up to a bright, eye-catching presentation that would be the star of any holiday table. Besides that, we’ve got a slew of ideas for mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and every type of salad imaginable. The best part? Most of the recipes have only about six ingredients, and can usually be prepped up to one day ahead.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

Can’t contemplate Thanksgiving without a green bean side dish to cozy up to your turkey and stuffing? Our archives are full of tasty Thanksgiving green bean recipes that make the most of seasonal ingredients without requiring a ton of time. Of course, a classic green bean casserole—baked with creamy mushrooms and crowned with crunchy onions—is always a crowd pleaser, but sometimes you want to aim a little higher than the stuff from the can. Our version swaps out the supermarket soup mix for an easy sauce of fresh mushrooms that tastes every bit as decadent and comes together in a flash. Or maybe you feel like breaking out of your holiday rut? Try tossing blanched beans with crunchy roasted nuts and tangy dried cranberries for a pop of sweetness, or stirring together a salad of tender beans, crunchy fennel, toasted walnuts, and creamy feta cheese.

Thanksgiving Carrot Recipes

Roasted, shredded, glazed, or steamed—any which way you like your carrots prepared, we’ve got an archive full of enticing Thanksgiving carrot recipes that are guaranteed to please. Want to keep things simple? Roasted carrots tossed with cumin require virtually no prep and minimal cleanup; pair them with a pile of crunchy pine nuts and sweet-tart orange slices, and you have a sophisticated side dish that’s delicious and deceptively easy. Feel like going a more traditional route? Play up carrots’ natural sweetness with a light brown sugar glaze, balanced out by crunchy, nutty pecans and a bright pop of fresh rosemary.

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

Colorful, festive, and oh-so-delicious, sweet potatoes are a holiday staple that no Thanksgiving menu should be without. Our updated spin on the classic sweet potato casserole swaps a crunchy coconut topping in for candy-sweet marshmallows—but if you’re looking to break out of the usual routine, our archives are full of plenty more tempting Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes that play up the savory side of this seasonal favorite. Nutty pecans make a natural partner for the tasty tubers, bringing out their earthy richness—and sharp, salty cheeses, like Parmesan, can help balance out their natural sweetness. (Cheesy sweet potato wedges? Yes, please!) Or, for something new and fresh, try incorporating tender, roasted sweet potatoes into a hearty side salad packed with mustardy kale and tart, crunchy apples.

Cheesy Hasselback Yams

There’s more to hasselback potatoes than just impressive-looking slices. Unlike a traditional baked potato, which is the same consistency through and through, each slice of a hasselback yam achieves crispy edges and a smooth, soft interior. Even more exciting is the way flavor seeps into the entire potato—in this case, every bite is infused with butter and fresh herbs. A generous handful of grated cheese (we like a blend of Gruyere and Parmesan) melts in between each slice, ensuring the entire yam is filled with salty, cheesy goodness. To easily slice a hasselback, set the yam between two wooden chopsticks; they will stop the knife from cutting all the way through.

Creamy Corn Pudding

Falling somewhere between a custard and spoon bread, there’s no simpler Thanksgiving side than this corn pudding. You’ll sauté some onions, combine the remaining ingredients in a blender, puree, and bake. It’s one of the lowest stress side-dishes you can serve and, since you can make it up to a day ahead, makes a fine addition to any holiday spread. We like it alongside turkey and gravy but it’s also great served room temperature at a summer potluck. Use frozen corn during the cold months and your freshest farm stand kernels in the summer.

Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts Recipes

From caramelized sprouts tossed with crispy kale and briny capers to hearty grain salads studded with shredded sprouts and ruby red pomegranate seeds, our archives are full of a colorful array of Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts recipes that are guaranteed to brings some freshness to your holiday table. Sticking to the traditional route this year? Bacon and Brussels sprouts are a classic flavor combination that never gets old, and our version adds a welcome note of color and sweetness by stirring in some golden raisins. Or maybe you're feeling more adventurous? Red grapes, roasted until they are soft and jammy, are a gorgeous companion for tart, crunchy sprouts and a lovely way to work another classic fall ingredient into your menu. Short on time? Remember: if you have a food processor, the shredding disk can help you prep a feast's worth of sprouts in minutes.

Thanksgiving Gluten-Free Side Dish Recipes

Going gluten free at holiday time doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the decadent, delicious side dishes that are everyone’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast. From indulgent cream-drizzled gratins to nutty quinoa salads and colorful cauliflower and beet “risotto,” our archives are full of gluten-free Thanksgiving side dish recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters at your table (and everyone else!) Trust us: all it takes is on one spoonful of Parmesan-kissed polenta or bite sweet roasted squash drizzled with tangy yogurt to make you forget all about bread stuffing.

Classic Stuffing Recipe

Think of this stuffing as your blank canvas, the perfect understated accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal. Onions, celery, and sage build the classic foundation while white wine adds brightness and a clean finish. We used good old white sandwich bread because we love the way it holds its shape, but this recipe works equally well with whatever type of bread you prefer. Try it with seeded rye for texture or torn challah for a bit of sweetness. If you can remember amidst the holiday chaos, save some of those lovely celery leaves for garnish.

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Sweet bread pudding’s one thing, but we brought the much-loved dish to the dinner table with this recipe for savory bread pudding. Bites of butternut squash, fresh sage, and Gruyere cheese provide the flavor for this easy to prepare casserole, which bakes in the oven for right around an hour. That window gives you plenty of time to work on the rest of the meal. Or, better yet, make our Butternut Squash Bread Pudding to enjoy with a slow-cooker roast, and you’ll have a blissful hour to relax under a blanket on the couch or sip a hot tea. The perfect antidote to chilly fall evening.

Potato and Celery Root Mash

Looking for an introductory celery root recipe? This mash combines the underappreciated (but increasingly available) variety of celery that’s grown for its starchy edible roots. When cooked like this (boiled with Yukon gold potatoes, mashed with butter and half-and-half, and topped with chopped fresh chives), you won’t get a strong celery root taste, but it’ll certainly add a bit of an herbal, celery-like spark to standard mashed potatoes. Looking for other ways to use celery root? You can cook it in many of the same ways you handle potatoes (roasting, steaming, frying) but you can also eat this root vegetable raw, so try grating it and throwing it into a winter salad.