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25+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes – A Beautiful Mess


If you have to make your choice favorite Thanksgiving food: Do you choose turkey, dessert, or sides? In my opinion, the parties are the ultimate winner.

I could fill an entire plate with Thanksgiving sides and be happy! However, dessert comes in a close second. I always have room for pie.

In this post, I’m sharing 25+ easy Thanksgiving side dishes, many of which can be prepared in advance. Time is of the essence when you’re planning and preparing your Thanksgiving meal. I hope this recipe helps you plan your menu (and impresses your guests, too!).

Related: 15 Pumpkin Desserts to Bake This Fall

This collection of Thanksgiving side dishes includes savory casseroles, salads (including the best Jello Salad recipe), and unique dishes like meatball stuffing.

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Sweet potato casserole

A sweet and salty side dish with a topping of pecans, brown sugar or toasted marshmallows.

7 layer salad

A decadent salad perfect for a holiday meal. If you’re in charge of preparing a salad, try this recipe!

Garlic butter

Perfect complement to homemade or store-bought bread rolls. This is a reader favorite!

Broccoli casserole

Creamy and cheesy broccoli casserole topped with Ritz crackers. Love this recipe!

Funeral potatoes

Comforting creamy and cheesy potato casserole with a cornflake topping.

Stuffed mushrooms

This can be an easy appetizer or side dish option for any holiday meal!

Best stuffing recipe

This is a classic! The best Thanksgiving stuffing, sometimes called gravy. You can bake it in a casserole or use it to stuff a turkey.

Pepper Jack Green Bean Casserole

Classic green bean casserole recipe made with pepper jack cheese for extra creaminess and spice.

Mashed potatoes in a slow cooker

Mashed potatoes…easy. Throw it all in the pot on Thanksgiving morning, and you’ll have delicious mashed potatoes in no time.

Meatball filling

If you love stuffing but want to make it a little different this year, you will love Stuffing meatballs. They are delicious and flavorful and can be prepared the night before.

Creamy Brussels sprouts and cranberry salad

My favorite salad! Crunchy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, slivered almonds, and the bright flavor of fresh cranberries.

Easy corn casserole

This delicious corn casserole is a comforting side dish perfect for any holiday feast. And it’s very easy to make – just put everything in a dish and bake!

Honey butter

Honey butter takes me back to my childhood. I love the idea of ​​creating a honey butter bar to eat with things like rolls, croissants, and crackers!

Jello salad

This is my great aunt Emma’s Jello Salad recipe – it’s so delicious and nostalgic. It has a pretzel crust, cream cheese in the middle, and a strawberry-cranberry jello topping.

Garlic and green bean miso

Green beans are a classic Thanksgiving side, but this recipe takes it up a notch with the addition of garlic, soy sauce, and miso paste.

Bacon and bourbon filling

Bacon and Bourbon Stuffing has been a popular recipe on our blog for years. Bacon, bourbon, bread…what’s not to love?

Easy Jalapeno Popper Dip

My favorite hot dip ever any The assembly is a jalapeño popper dip. Everyone loves it and it’s so easy to make.

Easy broccoli salad

This broccoli salad contains only three ingredients, plus a creamy dressing. But don’t let that fool you, it’s full of flavor and can be customized with all kinds of toppings.

All Herbs Popovers

Did someone say popovers? If making bread seems stressful, this is the recipe for you. These muffins require no yeast or rising time, and your guests will love them!

Creamy Garlic Mac and Cheese

Creamy garlic macaroni and cheese can be made in the crock pot. That’s right – delicious homemade macaroni and cheese without all the work. It also makes great leftovers (if your guests don’t eat it all).

Baked Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

What’s a Thanksgiving side dish without Brussels sprouts? I love this recipe because the sprouts are super crunchy, plus the addition of Parmesan and lemon juice So good

Duchess Sweet Potato Casserole

This Duchess Sweet Potato Casserole is beautiful and delicious in equal measure. It’s rich, creamy, and a little savory with the addition of bacon.

Cauliflower gratin

If you love potatoes au gratin, you have to try this version made with cauliflower. The basic premise is vegetables topped with butter, milk, and most importantly…cheese.

Easy gluten-free bread

If you or your guests have a gluten allergy, this easy gluten-free bread will satisfy any bread cravings you have.

Creamy Kale Harvest Salad

There are lots of fall-time flavors in this coleslaw, like pecans, apples, and dried cranberries. And the homemade avocado sauce is incredible!

The best baked macaroni and cheese

Here’s another macaroni and cheese recipe option that’s hard to resist. bread Macaroni and cheese. It’s a classic and delicious recipe topped with homemade breadcrumbs. Yum!

Lentil balls with cranberry sauce

If you’re hosting a vegetarian Thanksgiving or prefer a meat-free option, you won’t be disappointed with these lentil meatballs topped with homemade cranberry sauce.



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