14 Easy Thanksgiving Sides You Can Make in Less Than an Hour

Save time in the kitchen with these simple sides.


Christopher Testani

As far as we’re concerned, the most exciting part of the Thanksgiving menu is the array of sides. From creamy mashed potatoes to sweet-tangy cranberry sauce, there are so many beloved classics, and there’s always room for newcomers too. Go easy on yourself by choosing easy recipes; that way, you’ll be able to make a bunch of sides with minimal fuss. Keep reading for 14 tried-and-true recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes that’ll come together in less than an hour.

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Herb-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Herb-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Marcus Nilsson

If you’re not wed to mashed potatoes, may we suggest roasted potatoes? These herby, garlicky fingerlings roast in about 30 minutes and taste amazing with everything. 

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Citrus Spice Cranberry Sauce


Christopher Testani

Homemade cranberry sauce is delicious, but we think that canned cranberry sauce jazzed up with citrus and spices is just as great. In this recipe, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, and orange elevate the cranberries for a warmly spiced, autumnal condiment.

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Make-Ahead Holiday Salad

Make-Ahead Holiday Salad
Greg DuPree

With a base of Brussels sprouts and kale, this salad gets better with time as the greens absorb the honey-mustard vinaigrette, so it’s a great side to prepare in advance. Just hold off on adding the toasted hazelnuts and croutons until right before serving so they don’t get soggy.

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Creamy One-Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Greg DuPree

If you’re in need of a reliable mashed potato recipe, look no further than this creamy number, which calls for the trinity of half-and-half, butter, and sour cream. The best part is that it only takes 20 minutes of hands-on time, and only dirties a few dishes.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad
Heami Lee

This beautiful, autumnal salad is full of color and texture, thanks to radicchio, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans. It’s an unexpected addition to your Thanksgiving table, and adds a welcome hit of brightness. To make this salad ahead, keep the Brussels sprouts mixture and dressing in separate airtight containers and combine 30 minutes before serving for best results.

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Creamed Spinach Casserole

creamed spinach casserole

Christopher Testani

We’re big fans of a supermarket shortcut, and this spinach casserole recipe takes advantage of store-bought herb-and-garlic goat cheese like Boursin. Sprinkle crushed Ritz crackers on top for a crunchy, golden topping.

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Brown Sugar-Glazed Baby Turnips

Brown Sugar–Glazed Baby Turnips
Danny Kim

Best in the fall and winter, baby turnips are delightful with a buttery brown sugar glaze, and can be cooked in a single skillet on the stovetop. For a charming, rustic look, keep a sprig of the turnip tops intact.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta

Top View of Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta Served in a White Bowl on Top of Blue Fabric, with Metal Spoon and Small Metal Bowl of Peppered Oil to the Left
Anna Williams

Brussels sprouts and pancetta are a match made in heaven, and this recipe yields extra crispy, caramelized sprouts. Easy to prepare ahead of time and reheat, it’s a great option for the holidays. Before serving, sprinkle with lemon zest to contrast with the dish’s earthy, savory flavors.

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Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette

Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette
Gentl & Hyers

Green beans are a Thanksgiving go-to, and this rendition with whole-grain mustard, bacon, and shallots is extra punchy and crave-worthy. This low-maintenance recipe can be made at the last minute, and doesn’t take up any coveted oven space.

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Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries in a Brown Bowl
Gentl + Hyers

Incorporate cranberries into your Thanksgiving menu in a new way with this earthy, satisfying rice pilaf, which includes dried cranberries, a whole variety of mushrooms, parsley, and tarragon. When it isn’t a holiday, this pilaf is also wonderful as a weeknight vegetarian main.

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Beet-Radicchio Salad

beet radicchio salad

Christopher Testani

This vibrant, seasonal salad with beets, radicchio, and oranges will brighten up your plate and excite your palate. To save yourself some time, feel free to buy packaged, pre-cooked beets instead of cooking your own.

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Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

cheddar mashed potatoes

Christopher Testani

For this recipe, buy prepared mashed potatoes and dress them up with the cheese of your choice (we like sharp white cheddar), sour cream, and whole-grain mustard. You’ll be left with a luxurious-tasting, cheesy mash, and your guests will never know that you took a shortcut.

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Bourbon-Cranberry Compote

Bourbon-Cranberry Compote
Gentl & Hyers

This cranberry compote couldn’t be simpler to make, but tastes elegant and adult thanks to a hearty splash of bourbon. Don’t sleep on the leftovers, which we recommend spreading on turkey sandwiches or even serving alongside some vanilla ice cream. 

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Molasses and Chile Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Molasses-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Jalapeño and stone-ground mustard balance the potatoes’ sweetness in this sheet pan recipe. Roasted in a hot oven, the sweet potato wedges will cook in about 20 minutes.

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