25 Essential Thanksgiving Sides

These are the side dish recipes you need for your Thanksgiving dinner this year
25 Best Thanksgiving Sides

The Daily Meal's Brian Sheehan previews our list of the 25 Best Thanksgiving Sides for 2015.

25 Essential Thanksgiving Sides

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the star of the dinner table is usually turkey, but what really makes the meal unique is the fixin's — the abundance of varied side dishes surrounding it. To help you host a wonderful holiday dinner with the most delicious food, we rounded up 25 of the best Thanksgiving sides. On our list, you'll find some of the most widely searched for accompaniments to Thanksgiving turkey, including delicious regional specialties. We included all of the classics, like candied yams, green beans, creamed spinach, sweet potatoes, several stuffing variations, and of course cranberry sauce.

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JeanMarie Brownson author of Dinner at Home: 140 Recipes to Enjoy with Family and Friends says, “Homemade cranberry sauce just might be the easiest Thanksgiving side to make and will let you upgrade your holiday dinner with ease for little expense.” To make cranberry sauce, finely chop fresh cranberries with pieces of chopped oranges and sugar — that’s the way Brownson’s mom made it for the holidays. You could also let the fresh cranberries simmer with sugar and orange rind for about 10 minutes. Making cranberry sauce is simple and the result goes perfectly with turkey. The best part is that you can make your cranberry sauce up to a week in advance.

For Thanksgiving you can go traditional or you can add your own spin to a few recipes. If you love corn bread, but want to try something new, you can make a creamy zucchini skillet corn bread. You can add bacon to your roasted Brussel sprouts recipe or make two meals out of your creamed spinach side dish, serving it on its own but also using it as filling for mushroom caps for an appetizer.Homemade cranberry sauce just might be the easiest Thanksgiving side to make and will let you upgrade your holiday dinner with ease. — JeanMarie Brownson

Everyone will be impressed when you put these Thanksgiving sides on the table. For this round up, we reached out to our Culinary Content Network and took a look at our own Best Recipes collection in search of the most traditional Thanksgiving side dishes for your holiday table.   


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