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.

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Spaghetti Squash Parmesan

Spaghetti squash is a pretty incredible veggie: when roasted, it turns into pasta-like strands (the perfect vessel for cheese and sauce). When halved and hollowed out, the squash becomes its own bowl, which you can pile the cheesy squash mixture back into. Store-bought marinara sauce means minimal hands-on time, and the crispy breadcrumbs add some delicious crunch on top. Basically, we’ve created a vegetarian-friendly neighborhood Italian favorite: and we cannot stop raving about it. Make it on a weeknight for the family (they’ll start requesting it often), on Saturday night for guests, or as a festive vegetarian holiday main. If your market only has small squashes, don’t fret! Buy two and follow the recipe as written, dividing the mixture between four halves, instead of two.

Squash and Caramelized Onion Whole-Wheat Twist 

A festive vegetarian dish that also doubles as a centerpiece? Sold! This striking seeded twist is easy to make thanks to store-bought pizza dough. The caramelized onions are rich and buttery, and the hint of sage makes this perfectly in-season. Take your pick between popular butternut squash for color (shown here), or knobby, oddly-shaped celery root (aka celeriac) that tastes like parsley and celery had a baby. If you’re going the celeriac route, here’s a trick on how to peel it. Trim the top and bottom, and cut vertically down the sides of the vegetable, slicing all the way around to reveal its pale interior.

Cauliflower en Croute

Your guests will be wondering what’s underneath this glistening golden crust right up until the second you cut into it. Veggie lovers around the table will be thrilled to see that a whole head of cauliflower is hiding underneath the crispy and buttery puff pastry. That's right—we rubbed cauliflower with a garlicky-Dijon paste, roasted it in a hot oven, then draped it with parsley-encrusted dough. It’s a fun and unique dish to have on the table, and super easy to make. Don’t skimp on the vegetarian-friendly gravy—you’ll want to use it to smother each and every bite.

Parker House Rolls

These soft, buttery rolls are our take on Sister Schubert rolls, a Thanksgiving dinner favorite in the South. We tasted the two side-by-side, and we can say with confidence that ours are irresistible, too—so it's worth going the homemade route this year. Allowing the rolls to rise twice ensure that they are delightfully light and airy, and as they continue to grow in the oven, they'll bake into one another, creating a pan of pull-apart perfection. Don't skip the extra melted butter and flaky salt—that's what will ensure your dinner guests talk about these for years to come. 

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.