While the turkey will always be the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving feast, classic sides will only enhance a beautiful holiday meal. Here are 12 classic and easy Thanksgiving sides you’ll love!
Slow Cook Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
“Sweet potatoes are often a part of Thanksgiving, and this recipe gives you a new twist on that classic flavor. Orange juice gives this dish a little sweetness, while pieces of crumbled bacon will give you something to savor, and rosemary will give it an aroma all its own. Delicious together, this sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It’s made in the slow cooker, so you’re saving valuable stovetop space. When you’re ready to serve it, sprinkle a mixture of parsley, orange zest, and garlic over the top: you’ll get just the right amount of herbs, spice, and bite in every mouthful.”
Grandma Carter’s Cornbread Stuffing
One of the great things about this dressing recipe is that there are parts of the recipe that you can have ready in advance. If that is something you want to do, just follow these simple directions:
Make Ahead: Start with Cornbread Crumbles. Freeze the unbaked dressing mixture in 2 (1-gal.) zip-top plastic freezer bags, making sure to press out all of the excess air. Thaw in refrigerator five days before Thanksgiving, and continue recipe with Step 4. You can also get it all together on the day of, if you like. However you prefer to enjoy it, you’ll find Grandmother Carter’s Cornbread Dressing to be moist, rich, and delicious.
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Infused Butter
“It isn’t a holiday, specifically Thanksgiving, without mashed potatoes. These Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Herb Infused Butter takes my favorite side dish to another level.”
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Kale and Cranberries
“Indigenous to North America and introduced to European settlers by Native Americans, acorn squash is a perfect side for Thanksgiving. This stuffed recipe is healthy, easy and super delicious!”
Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing
“This isn’t your average stuffing, brandy, dried cranberries, and sweet potatoes offer the perfect contrast to the savory sausage and cornbread stuffing.”
Pumpkin Curry Soup
“Rich in autumnal flavors, Pumpkin Curry Soup is a robust, seasonal favorite soup. It’s a rich, colorful addition to any fall or winter meal, yet filling enough to make a meal all on its own.”
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
It’s easy to make this Apple Cider Vinaigrette in advance so you can always have some on-hand. If you want to have some ready on the shelf, follow these simple directions:
Make Ahead: Store Apple Cider Vinaigrette in an airtight container or jar. When it’s ready to serve, shake it vigorously to blend the ingredients, and check to see if it needs a little extra salt or pepper.
Once you’ve got that vinaigrette ready to go, it is simply a matter of preparing your vegetables. We’ve selected great, fresh, seasonal vegetables, and we suggest you do too. Look for beautiful textures and colors, and you’re sure to enjoy their robust flavors. Your family and friends will love this dish on the table.
Roasted Fall Vegetables with Maple, Thyme and Apple
“Roasted Fall Vegetables with Maple, Thyme, and Apple, an easy and simple dish to prepare, perfectly suited for Thanksgiving.”
Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
Tender, sweet and savory Secret Ingredient Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots are the most delicious carrots and easiest side dish EVER with only 10 minutes prep! The ideal holiday side that you will devour like candy!
Stuffing Stuffed Onions
“Once you put one of these onions on your plate you will think you are having two sides at once. And, you’re right, you are. First, yellow onions are hollowed out, filled with butter, and roasted, making them succulent, tender, rich, and delicious. Next, they are filled to bursting with chunky stuffing, making a savory twist on the hearty casserole version. The combination of onions and stuffing is fantastic, and putting the two together is a single-serving solution, making plating easy. When you have lots of hungry mouths to feed around the family Thanksgiving table, this is a great solution for making everyone happy.”
Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf
“Easy one pot Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf simmered in herb seasoned chicken broth and apple juice and riddled with sweet dried cranberries, apples and roasted pecans for an unbelievable savory sweet side dish perfect for the holidays and easy enough for everyday!”
Maple Spiced Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes
“Maple Spiced Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes should be a staple of any fall gathering. And a must for Thanksgiving.”
Balsamic Green Beans
“Green beans are a simple vegetable, but we love to add textures and flavors to this everyday family favorite. We have green beans on our table every year for Thanksgiving, and this recipe shows you wonderful new ways to savor this holiday staple. You will enjoy the crunch and flavor from the crispy fried shallots, crumbled bacon, and coarsely chopped roasted almonds on top. The balsamic vinegar-and-sugar mixture also adds just a touch of sweet-yet-tart delight to this fantastic side dish. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste, and everyone will be in line to get a second helping.”
Roasted Root Vegetables with Cider Glaze
Simple roasted root vegetables in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, are the foundation for a Thanksgiving side dish classic. Here, touches of thyme and rosemary add to the flavors and aromas. When the vegetables are golden-brown, they are tossed with an apple-cider reduction and sprinkled with fresh parsley. The results are toasty, sticky, sweet, and savory.
“A dear friend and great chef, Matthew Wendell, made these rustic vegetables for us while we lived in the White House. They have become a staple at our Thanksgiving because of the simplicity and purity of the dish.” —Editor-at-large Jenna Bush Hager.