Let’s be honest. The Thanksgiving menu is all about the sides. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big juice turkey with some homemade gravy and cranberry sauce, but the Thanksgiving side dishes always seem to steal the show.
In our family there are a handful of sides that must be made without question, but each year I do like to try to add something new to the mix.
Whether you’re a side dish traditionalist or you want to venture out and try something new, get ready to wow your friends and family because today I’m sharing the 15 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes.
And if you’re looking for a way to entertain the kiddos during Thanksgiving, check out my printable Thanksgiving tablecloth.
15 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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Sweet Potato Casserole
Do you like sweet or savory sweet potatoes? I’m all about a sweet potato casserole with a sugary streusel topping! And don’t forget the pecans!
Autumn Roasted Veggies
We add a roasted veggie to our Thanksgiving table every year. I love butternut squash, brussel sprouts and pecans, but this recipe looks devine. I love all the colors. They would look gorgeous on a table!
Creamy Green Bean Casserole From Scratch
This is a family favorite that we can’t live without. My husband grew up with the canned version, but this homemade green casserole has since taken over.
There is something so delicious about the homemade fried onions that really make this casserole delicious.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Creamed Corn has been a Thanksgiving favorite ever since we moved to Texas. I had never really had it before and now it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it.
Sometimes we even add green chilies to make it even more southern!
Parmesan Roasted Carrots
We’ve tried LOTS of carrot recipes over the years and have never really found our favorite. We are trying these parmesan roasted carrots to see if they are ‘the ones.’
Do you have a carrot recipe you love? I’d love to try it!
Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Is there anything better than mashed potatoes? Yep. Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes! We love spicing up our potatoes with garlic and then ranch for good measure. They are absolutely delicious!
Best Ever Mac and Cheese
We’ve never made Mac and Cheese before for Thanksgiving, but since moving to Texas I don’t hate the idea. It’s such a delicious side idea that is UBER DUPER kid friendly.
That and a good roll can please almost any child on Thanksgiving. I’ve definitely bookmarked this recipe to try this year.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
This is a new addition to our Thanksgiving rotation and we LOVE IT! The kids gobble it up and surprisingly so do the adults.
It’s just sweet enough to pair perfectly with a Turkey and gravy. It’s a beautiful color and delicious!
Great Grandma’s Famous Stuffing
I’m going to admit something here on the webiverse that I’m not proud of. We are StoveTop people. Yikes. It feels good to finally say it out loud.
I never really learned how to make stuffing, so I never tried. BUT….this year I promised my cute husband to give it a go. He fries a mean turkey so the least I could do is try to make some homemade stuffing!
Green Bean Bundles
This green bean recipe is for those who don’t like sauce with their vegetable (the creamy recipe above).
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
This is such a fun idea! Twice baked potatoes in casserole form. It is easier to make and feeds WAY more Thanksgiving guests.
Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
Here is another carrot recipe I’m dying to try. I think this one will be more popular with the kiddos. It’s sugary, sweet and sounds absolutely delicious.
Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pistachios
We are HUGE butternut squash fans over here. I found this recipe and am dying to try it. Nothing is better than squash and pistachios…yum!
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
I think this recipe would be one that my kids would love. It’s cheesy, has a crunchy top, looks creamy and delicious.
Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls
Rolls are typically my sister’s Thanksgiving assignment (she’s the roll master), but I’ve vowed to learn how to make breads this year.
I would love to make these soft and fluffy dinner rolls. They looks so light and melt in your mouth yummy.
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