51 Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

November 16th, 2017   |   Updated on April 2nd, 2024

From green bean casserole to mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, find standout Thanksgiving sides from Food Network chefs.

1. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Salty, crispy bacon makes everything better, especially these Brussels sprouts served warm as a holiday side dish. Get the Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon


2. Alton’s Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

A classic made modern and fresh, Alton ditches the traditional cream of mushroom soup and canned green beans, instead using real mushrooms, half-and-half and fresh green beans. Get the Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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3. Sweet Potato Casserole

Make this crowd-pleasing holiday favorite the classic way: with buttery mashed sweet potatoes and a crunchy pecan topping. Get the Recipe: Best Ever Green Bean Casserole


4. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Tyler relies purely on honey for sweetness when it comes to his simple roasted sweet potatoes. Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

5. Parker House Rolls

Bobby takes on this All-American, pillowy, yeasty flavorful dinner roll — the ultimate Thanksgiving breadbasket addition. Get the Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon


6. Green Bean Casserole

Bacon and grated cheddar give Ree’s traditional casserole a decadent upgrade that’s ideal for a celebration. Get the Recipe: Green Bean Casserole


7. Creamy Mashed Potatoes

For an added layer of flavor and extra-smooth consistency, Ree incorporates soft cream cheese into the mashed potatoes before baking them. Get the Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes


8. Tyler Florence’s Mashed Potatoes

The ultimate creamy concoction, Tyler’s mashed potatoes pair perfectly with homemade turkey gravy. Get the Recipe: Mashed Potatoes


9. The Baked Potato

Alton’s basic, foolproof recipe for the classic baked potato will come out perfect every time. Get the Recipe: The Baked Potato

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10. Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ina uses pancetta and balsamic vinegar for subtly sweet flavor in her roasted Brussels sprouts recipe, transforming a basic side into a sophisticated, indulgent treat. Get the Recipe: Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

11. Tyler’s Scalloped Potato Gratin

You can’t go wrong with Tyler’s classic scalloped potatoes. Get the Recipe: Scalloped Potato Gratin


12. Giada’s Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Can’t decide on a veggie? Roast them all together with a touch of Italian seasoning like Giada does, for a colorful, irresistible mixture. Get the Recipe: Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts


13. Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Don’t miss out on the perfect cranberry sauce recipe, with just a bit of citrus zest to bring out the flavor. Get the Recipe: Perfect Cranberry Sauce


14. Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

This casserole combines all the irresistible features of a loaded spud, but it is cooked and served family style for an extra-hearty side. Get the Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Casserole


15. Crispy Potato Stacks

Despite its elegance, this delicious side dish is simple and quick to prepare. With its crispy edges, herby butter and easy portioning, this will surely become your new autumn staple. Get the Recipe: Crispy Potato Stacks


16. Triple-Cheese Spirals

Traditional mac and cheese gets a makeover with spiral pasta and a crunchy panko topping. Get the Recipe: Triple-Cheese Spirals

17. Sweet Potato Poutine

Sweet potato casserole gets a tricky makeover. What looks like a plate of poutine (french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds), is actually a familiar sweet trio: sweet potatoes, brown sugar and toasted marshmallows. Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Poutine


18. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Take all the flavors of a classic sweet potato casserole and cross them with the elegance of a hasselback potato; you’ll have one showstopping holiday side dish. Get the Recipe: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes


19. Provencal Potato Gratin

A sliced-tomato topping adds extra color and fresh flavor to this French take on potatoes. Get the Recipe: Provencal Potato Gratin


20. Creamed Corn Cornbread

Alton says a piping hot cast-iron skillet is a must to make this creamed corn cornbread. Serve right out of the skillet for a rustic presentation or invert onto a platter. Get the Recipe: Creamed Corn Cornbread


21. Classic Candied Yams

With just the right amount of sweetness and spice, these sweet potatoes are cooked on the stovetop until they are tender, freeing up valuable oven space at your holiday meal. Get the Recipe: Classic Candied Yams


22. Roasted Butternut Squash

Ina’s roasted butternut squash is hardly a recipe; it’s more a method, one applicable to all fall root vegetables. All you need is some oil, salt, pepper and a hot oven. Get the Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash


23. Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

This quick and easy, four-ingredient green bean dish can be on your table in 25 minutes. Get the Recipe: Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

24. Giada’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

Giada’s surprisingly easy homemade gnocchi is an irresistible Italian twist on the classic sweet potato side dish. Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

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25. Glazed Carrots

Damaris Phillips’ eye-pleasing carrot dish gets its warm, sweet notes from honey and its bright flavor from fresh chopped parsley. For spice, she uses togarashi, chile pepper spice blend available in specialty markets and some supermarkets — although cayenne works just as well.  Get the Recipe: Glazed Carrots


26. Sauteed Carrots

Ina makes a 15-minute side dish sure to please. Sweet carrots go perfectly with a little butter and chopped fresh dill. Get the Recipe: Sauteed Carrots


27. Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese

For his Throwdown take on this comfort food classic, Bobby Flay adds sweet roasted garlic and spoonfuls of rich, creamy mascarpone cheese. Get the Recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese


28. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Rachael whips up her pasta in just 20 minutes. Two kinds of cheese, sharp cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus a touch of nutmeg will make this side dish a holiday staple. Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese


29. Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash

This impressive autumn-inspired dish can be served as a main course for vegan and vegetarian eaters, or it can be enjoyed by everyone at the table as a side dish. The small amount of curry powder gives the squash a nice warmth and depth. Get the Recipe: Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash


30. The Neelys’ Old School Sweet Potato Souffle

The Neelys’ top their sweet potato souffle with roasted cashews and sweetened shredded coconut for an unforgettable side dish. Get the Recipe: Old School Sweet Potato Souffle


31. Mini Mac and ‘Shrooms

Make this earthy, grown-up mac and cheese the star of your Thanksgiving spread.

32. Roasted Beets

For a beautiful jewel-toned side to add to the Thanksgiving table, Ina dresses tender roasted beets in a sweet-tangy dressing made of raspberry vinegar and orange juice.


33. Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots

The caramelized shallots add a subtle sweetness to kale’s mild peppery flavor. Bobby’s quick, creamy sauce holds it all together.


34. Scalloped Corn

White Cheddar cheese and buttery cracker crumbs top this classic side made from frozen sweet corn and creamy half-and-half.


35. Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Sunny starts with a roux of butter and flour to make a creamy base for her casserole. Add a little heat with cayenne pepper and garlic powder.


36. Gluten-Free Feather-Light Potato Buttermilk Buns

A gluten-free flour blend and gluten-free yeast come together to form these soft buns that are just the thing for mopping up cranberry sauce.


37. The Definitive Mashed Potato with Roasted Garlic

Michael Chiarello knows how to please a crowd, mashing Yukon Gold potatoes with three sticks of butter and a roasted garlic paste.

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38. Rachael’s Easy Orange-Scented Green Beans

Follow Rachael’s lead to whip up a company-worthy, 8-minute veggie with a flavorful citrus punch.


39. Lemon-Maple Squash

Maple syrup and lemon juice add surprising, sweet flavor to roasted butternut squash.

40. Tyler’s Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

Tyler tops simple baked sweet potatoes with a sweet and crunchy streusel mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and melted mini marshmallows.


41. Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Corn Muffins

Freshly baked corn muffins and pimento cheese are hallmarks of the South. But instead of slathering our muffins with the creamy-sharp spread, we decided to stuff them with it.


42. Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes

For a simple variation, stir sweet, caramelized onions into creamy mashed potatoes just before serving.


43. Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Lemon

For an elegant twist on mashed potatoes, add smashed rutabaga (yellow turnip) and top with a seasoned, toasted breadcrumb mixture just before serving.


44. Brussels Sprout Gratin

Nutty Gruyère cheese makes the perfect topping for these easy, five-ingredient Brussels sprouts.


45. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts at a high heat creates lots of sweet, caramelized goodness.

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46. Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Sunny folds charred marshmallows into the mashed sweet potatoes until combined. No need to oversweeten the potatoes, as the topping does the work.


47. Giada’s Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Giada adds an Italian twist to Brussels sprouts, cooking them with pancetta.


48. Red Devil Cranberries

Guy’s cranberry sauce gets a kick from two types of peppers.

49. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Try this cheesy take on Brussels sprouts, a side dish everyone is sure to love.


50. Parker House Rolls

These classic rolls are easy to make at home with Alex Guarnaschelli’s step-by-step instructions.


51. Perfect Mashed Potatoes

You can’t go wrong with these stand-by mashed potatoes. Just start with russet potatoes and mixing in whole milk and up to a stick of butter.