30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey takes center stage on Thanksgiving, but the show’s star also needs a fabulous supporting cast! These are my 30 best Thanksgiving side dishes!

This collection of side dishes ranges from traditional comforting classics like decadent Sweet Potato Souffle to easy modern elegance in my showstopping Roasted Beet Salad that will undoubtedly impress your guests!

Collage of Thanksgiving side dishes with brussels sprouts gratin, corn casserole, beet salad and sweet potato souffle.

Before the main event, greet your guests with deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, or Crab-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms that will surely get rave reviews. Top off your fabulous feast with No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes or an incredibly easy Apple Pie!

Salads

Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing
Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing is a classic, elegant salad perfect for any occasion!
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Photo of Roasted Beet Salad with Walnuts Goat Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing on white oval platter.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
This versatile Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad features an array of vibrant flavors and textures! Crunchy sprouts, caramel-like Medjool dates, and Pecorino Romano cheese unite harmoniously with a tangy lemon dressing for a salad that’s got it all.
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad on black platter with brown rim and serving utensils.
Autumn Panzanella
Autumn Panzanella with sweet butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and spicy arugula makes a lovely light fall dinner, side salad or the perfect accompaniment for soup!
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Autumn Panzanella Salad - Overhead hero shot of salad in wood bowl on dark blue background

Soups

Pumpkin Soup with Marsala and Mascarpone
Pumpkin Soup with Marsala and Mascarpone with a lovely toasty, buttery almond topping is the perfect elegant starter to all your holiday meals!
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Pumpkin Soup with Marsala and Mascarpone - Close-up shot of soup in bowl with almond topping
Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme and Taleggio Cheese
Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme and Taleggio Cheese is an elegant, rich and creamy soup that's perfect to serve this fall and winter for any occasion!
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Two servings of Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme and Taleggio in small white covered soup bowls.

Potatoes and Potato Alternatives

Sweet Potato Souffle
This Sweet Potato Souffle, topped with a crunchy pecan and brown sugar streusel is lush and luxurious yet so easy!  It's the perfect addition to your holiday table! Best of all, it can be made two days ahead of time!
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Sweet Potato Souffle in oval baking dish with serving spoon.
Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes (Mashed Potato Casserole)
Sometimes referred to as a Mashed Potato Casserole, these Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy, slightly cheesy, garlicky, a little bit tangy and a whole lot delicious! Best of all, they can be made two to three days ahead of time!
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes with serving spoon scooping some out.
Baby Hasselback Potato Bake with Cheddar and Bacon
Baby Hasselback Potato Bake with Cheddar and Bacon is super simple, great to take to a party because it can be made ahead of time and guaranteed to be a hit!
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Au Gratin Potatoes with Green Chiles
Au Gratin Potatoes with Green Chiles is a delicious spin on traditional au gratin potatoes with the spicy kick of green chiles and Pepper Jack cheese for even more heat.  It's the perfect side dish for roasted meats and poultry!
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Au Gratin Potatoes with Green Chiles - Overhead hero shot with some of the potatoes removed
Garlic Herb Muffin Pan Potato Galettes
Garlic Herb Muffin Pan Potato Galettes are an easy, elegant side dish that's perfect all year round!  Buttery, garlicky and herb-infused stacks of thinly sliced potatoes slices turn out golden, crispy and delicious!
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Garlic Herb Muffin Pan Potato Galettes - Straight-on hero shot on white background garnished with fresh thyme
Creamy Mashed Turnips
This creamy, dreamy mashed turnip recipe will have you thinking about turnips in a new way. Infused with rosemary and garlic, this humble root vegetable is elevated to elegant new heights!
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Creamy Turnip Potato Puree in white oval bowl with serving spoon on napkin with red stripe.
Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnip Recipe
Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips are a delicious, low-carb alternative to crushed potatoes!
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Parmesan Crusted Smashed Turnips - Stacked on metal tray and sprinkled with chives
Cauliflower White Bean Puree
Cauliflower White Bean Puree is the perfect stand-in for decadent mashed potatoes!  Cream cheese makes it creamy while white beans add that touch of thickening and body you crave in a mashed potato substitute while keeping it low-carb!
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Cauliflower White Bean Puree - Overhead shot of dish in bowl garnished with parsley ready to be served
Celery Root Puree (Celeriac)
Celery Root Puree is creamy, dreamy and an elegant lower-carb alternative to mashed potatoes!
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Vegetables

Roasted Onions (Muffin Pan Method)
Roasted Onions done in a muffin pan have lightly charred, crispy edges and a sublime buttery soft sweetness! Clarified butter and beef base concentrate give this easy intensely flavored side dish all the vibes of French Onion Soup!
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Roasted Onions on round plate.
Bourbon-Glazed Carrots with Honey
This easy elegant recipe for Bourbon-Glazed Carrots with Honey is perfect for any holiday celebration. The carrots cook in the buttery glaze as it reduces for a side dish that's nearly hands-off so you can wrap up your holiday meal with ease!
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Bourbon-Glazed Carrots with Honey in white serving bowl with fresh thyme.
Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
If you love the creamed spinach the great American steakhouses serve, you're going to love this recipe! Made with fresh spinach, it's easy to make and can be enjoyed right out of the skillet or made ahead of time and baked later!
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Steakhouse Creamed Spinach in white oval bowl with serving spoon.
Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
Here's a green bean casserole everyone at your holiday celebration will love! This Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is easy to make with no canned processed soups or mushrooms!
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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole in white oval gratin dish with serving spoon.
Sriracha Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts
Add some spark to your table with these flavor-packed Brussels sprouts! Sriracha Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts are a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and a whole lot wonderful!  
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Sriracha Sweet Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts in gray speckled bowl with serving spoon.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter and Almonds
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter and Almonds is a lovely, low-stress side dish you're going to love!
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Lemon Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Lemon Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts are not just roasted, but crusted–crusted with Parmesan cheese and a spark of lemon!  Brussels sprouts don’t get any better than this!
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Lemon Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts in white bowl with serving fork.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
This cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin is the perfect elegant side dish that pairs well with almost anything! Tender Brussels sprouts are blanketed in a velvety cheesy cream sauce and then finished with a crispy, buttery breadcrumb topping. This luxurious casserole can even be made ahead of time!
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin in oval baking dish with spoon scooping some up.
Cream Cheese Corn Casserole
This easy, decadent cheesy corn casserole is soon to become your family's new favorite side dish! Cream Cheese Corn Casserole with Green Chiles is delicious served up right out of the skillet or made ahead and baked up hot and bubbling later.
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Easy Braised Southern Greens Recipe
Eating your leafy greens has never been more delicious–or easy! Bacon adds an extra punch of flavor to the turnip and mustard greens in Easy Braised Southern Greens that is both healthy and comforting!
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Braised Southern Greens in oval serving bowl with serving spoon on light blue background.
Summer Squash Casserole
This updated twist on the classic Southern-style favorite has the kick of fresh green chiles! Southwestern-inspired Summer Squash Casserole can be made ahead of time, leftovers reheat beautifully and it's freezer-friendly!
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Southwestern Summer Squash Casserole in white baking dish with squash exposed.

Beans, Grains and Rice

Brussels Sprouts Wild Rice Casserole
Bring a touch of elegance to your fall and winter holiday table with this luxurious side dish or vegetarian main! Brussels Sprouts Casserole with wild rice, cheese and a crunchy almond topping can be made in advance and may even win over a Brussels sprout skeptic!
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Cheesy Brussels Sprouts and Wild Rice Casserole in oval gratin dish with serving removed.
Kicked-Up Canned Baked Beans
Kicked-Up Canned Baked Beans is an easy and delicious way to make ordinary canned baked beans taste as though you made them from scratch!
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Kicked Up Canned Baked Beans - Overhead shot of the baked beans in white baking dish
Cauliflower Barley Pilaf
Roasted Cauliflower and Barley Pilaf is a beautiful fall-inspired side dish that’s perfect with fish, poultry, roasted meats or as a vegetarian main dish!
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Roasted Cauliflower and Barley Pilaf in white bowl with serving utenils on black napkin.
Quinoa with Butternut Squash Almonds and Parmesan Cheese
Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Almonds and Parmesan Cheese rocks with flavor and makes the perfect autumn side dish or vegetarian main dish.
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Lemony Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash Almonds and Parmesan Cheese in wood bowl.
Sausage Stuffing with Fennel and Leeks
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this easy holiday side dish recipe is the perfect way to elevate store-bought stuffing cubes! Sausage Stuffing with Fennel and Leeks is sure to become a family holiday favorite!
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Sausage Stuffing with Fennel and Leeks in white oval gratin dish with serving spoon.

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  1. Looking forward to trying some these wonderful recipes not only on holidays but throughout the year. Question: can frozen but thawed and drained Brussels sprouts be used rather than fresh?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, Jane, Thanks so very much and I’m so happy you’re here!! I always have frozen Brussels sprouts in my freezer so I’m pretty familiar with how they’d work or not work. They would not work well in any of the roasted Brussels sprouts recipes. However, in the Brussels sprouts gratin or the casserole with wild rice, yes, I think they’d be fine. In fact, I think I’ll add that to both of those posts. Thanks again! Great question!