13 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I don’t know about you but deciding what side dishes to make to go with My Favorite Turkey Recipe is sometimes a struggle. I absolutely hate doing the same thing over and over again. I decided to create a list of the Top 13 Thanksgiving side dishes to try!

As a food lover, I am excited to explore the world of Thanksgiving side dishes and discover new recipes to add to my repertoire. From classic dishes to modern twists, there are endless possibilities to make your Thanksgiving meal unforgettable.

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Understanding Thanksgiving Side Dishes

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the main dish is usually a turkey, but the real star of the show is the side dishes. Over the years, I’ve cooked and tasted many Thanksgiving side dishes. Let me take a moment to tell you some things I’ve learned about Thanksgiving side dishes.

Side dishes for Thanksgiving can be divided into three main categories: starches, vegetables, and sauces. Starches are usually in the form of potatoes, stuffing, or bread. Vegetables can be anything from green beans to Brussels sprouts. Sauces are typically made from cranberries or gravy.

One important thing to keep in mind when choosing side dishes is to make sure they complement the flavors of the turkey. For example, if you have a savory turkey, you may want to pair it with a sweet cranberry sauce. However, if you have a mild turkey, you may want to pair it with bold stuffing.

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Another thing to consider when choosing side dishes is the cooking method. Some side dishes can be made ahead of time, while others need to be cooked at the last minute. It’s important to plan your menu accordingly to make sure everything is ready at the same time. You don’t want to have 6 dishes that require baking and only 3 fit in your oven!

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with your side dishes. Try new recipes, experiment with different ingredients, and have fun with them. After all, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and enjoying delicious food.

A bowl of smoked stuffing next to the casserole dish of stuffing with fresh herbs as an accent.
Smoked Stuffing
A flavorful smokey twist on the classic Thanksgiving stuffing, this smoked stuffing will delight your guests!
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Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing
Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing
There is nothing better than Grandma's stuffing on Thanksgiving Day!
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Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
Fresh Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
Tired of the same old green bean casserole? Try this fresh green bean casserole completely made from scratch!
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Sourdough Dinner Rolls
Pull-Apart Sourdough Dinner Rolls Recipe ~ Barley & Sage
Sourdough pull-apart dinner rolls are the perfect accompaniment to your turkey dinner!
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Corn Casserole
Make-Ahead Corn Casserole From Scratch
There is nothing better than made-from-scratch side dishes like this corn casserole!
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Rosemary Garlic Potatoes
Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Instead of plain mashed potatoes, liven things up with these garlic rosemary roasted potatoes!
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Cranberry Orange Sauce
Cranberry Orange Sauce | Maple + Mango
Cranberry sauce that doesn't come from a can! This cranberry orange sauce is simply delectable!
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Sugar and Snap Peas
Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts
This is a fun twist on an old classic! I love sweet potato casserole!
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Winter Holiday Salad
Winter Holiday Salad (with pomegranate + pear!)
Thanksgiving sides don't all have to be gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes! Lighten things up with this beautiful Winter Holiday Salad.
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Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes
Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)
No plain mashed potatoes here! Rustic rosemary and thyme are added to these delicious mashed potatoes!
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Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Free up the oven with these Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms!
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Roasted Carrots and Green Beans
Roasted Green Beans and Carrots
Add some color and pop to your Thanksgiving table with these roasted vegetables!
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Maple-Mascarpone Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Beautiful sweet potatoes add color and sweetness to your Thanksgiving dinner!
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I hope you love these suggestions for side dishes and found the perfect dish to accompany your Thanksgiving feast! Don’t forget to check out My Favorite Turkey Recipe!

Do you have a favorite side dish for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments!

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