Classic and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Classic and Easy Thanksgiving Sides |

Delicious and easy Thanksgiving sides recipes for your holiday table. Simple and classic recipes, some with make-ahead tips, you will love!

While the turkey takes center stage at the feast, these classic Thanksgiving sides only enhance a beautiful holiday meal. 

From vegetables to salads, casseroles, and stuffings, you will find Thanksgiving sides for everyone at your table.

Speaking of that turkey, however, Delish created an easy graphic on how much turkey you need to feed your crowd. A Turkey Roasting time chart can be found here.

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Classic and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Classic and simple Thanksgiving sides for everyone at your holiday table!


Hasselback Butternut Squash with Sage Butter and Prosciutto Breadcrumbs.

"Hasselback Butternut Squash with Sage Butter and Prosciutto Breadcrumbs …the perfect, delicious, and unique addition to this year’s Thanksgiving table. Made simply with halved butternut squash, fresh sage, maple, and perfectly salted butter."

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Wholesome, flavorful... colorful... and filling!

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole Recipe!

"This Healthy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, it’s fresh and creamy and crispy, and it is full of the absolute best flavors. Always a crowd fave!"

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Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing

"Salads are often overlooked at the holidays, so I set out to make a festive red-and-green showstopper."

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Slow-Cooker 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."

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Grandmother Carter's Cornbread Dressing

"One of the great things about this dressing recipe is that there are parts of the recipe that you can have ready in advance.

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."

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Simple and Classic Stuffing for Thanksgiving

"A simple tried and true recipe made with onions, celery, herbs, butter, broth, and toasted bread. It’s simply our favorite."

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Unique Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

"Unique Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes you’ll want to peruse, print, and try. We’ve gathered the most delicious recipes from a classic stuffing to gluten-free… and even slow cooker recipes."

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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.”

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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!”

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Toasted Pecans

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Toasted Pecans, an all-time favorite! The flavors are everything you love about the season; sweet and savory… and crunchy too.

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Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme — an easy side dish we love. Tender, naturally sweet, and roasted to perfection. And if you’d like to sweeten it up a bit more, drizzle with honey butter.

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Warm Mushroom and Charred Onion Salad

"Chef Abraham Conlon cooks a variety of meaty wild mushrooms with Madeira, garlic and lemon juice, then combines them with charred onions for a luscious and tangy dish."

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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.”

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

It’s easy to make this Apple Cider Vinaigrette in advance.

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.

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Honey 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!"

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Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

"If you've always wanted to serve a green bean casserole at your Thanksgiving feast, but weren't sure where to begin, this top-rated recipe from Alton Brown is the one for you. To take his casserole to the next level, Alton uses hearty mushrooms, thinly sliced onions and buttery panko breadcrumbs."

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Stuffing-Stuffed Onions

"Hollow out and fill roasted onions with a chunky stuffing for a twist on the hearty casserole version."

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries, Apples and Pecans

"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!”

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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.”

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How to Make the Perfect Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

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"This Southern sweet potato casserole is the perfect combination of sweet potato filling and crunchy, buttery pecan topping. It's the only sweet potato casserole you'll need and it's sure to be a hit with family and guests."

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Sweet Kentucky Spoonbread Corn Pudding

"Sweet Kentucky Spoonbread Corn Pudding, a Southern classic that’s the softest, creamiest, butteriest, melt-in-your-mouth, eat-with-a-spoon" side for your Thanksgiving table.

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Balsamic Green Beans

Crunchy and flavorful "from 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.”

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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."

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