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It’s no secret that turkey is the shining emblem of Thanksgiving. But what would turkey day be without its comforting side dishes? From every potato recipe you could ever need to decadent casseroles, soups, vegetables, small bites and everything in between, here is a collection of our essential Thanksgiving side dishes.
Don’t stick to just the classics this Thanksgiving, soups are a great way to make your Thanksgiving dinner feel like a restaurant experience. This roasted squash soup is packed with autumnal notes, from the carrots to the coriander seeds.
Whether served as a side dish or as an appetizer, there’s no denying that these sausage balls are reminiscent of grandma’s favorite Southern recipes.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can cook in an Instant Pot, but this pumpkin soup has to be one of the best — it’s packed with the heart of the fall season.
These scalloped potatoes are one of the best things you can make in a slow cooker. This recipe is a rich and creamy side dish that everyone will want a bite of.
Adding color to your Thanksgiving table is easy with these roasted maple sweet potatoes. Served with cranberries and seasoned to perfection, this easy recipe takes less than one hour to make.
There are plenty of dishes you can make in a Crock-Pot, but mashed potatoes is one of the unexpected ones. This is the perfect way to save room on your stovetop this Thanksgiving — just let your slow cooker do the work for you.
It’s not hard to make mashed potatoes amazing — usually, all it takes are the ingredients already in your pantry. For this recipe, a little garlic will help you get perfectly creamy and flavorful mashed potatoes in just 30 minutes.
Having mashed potatoes on your Thanksgiving table is a must. But getting creative with your potato sides is also important. Use sage to enhance a classic potato gratin recipe. Its comforting flavors will remind you of grandma’s cooking.
This recipe for twice-baked sweet potatoes is reminiscent of an iconic dessert. Pumpkin pie spice, Greek yogurt and brown sugar help to create a side dish that satisfies your sweet tooth.
This slow cooker stuffing recipe will have your dinner guests begging to bring leftovers home with them. Just make sure they know that stuffing lasts in the fridge for only about four days.
Everyone has an internally ranked list of their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, and stuffing is usually up there as No. 1. Made with the usual suspects of celery, bread cubes, thyme and poultry seasoning, this recipe keeps things classic.
If you’re trying to serve a few vegetarian-friendly recipes this Thanksgiving, stuffing is a great way to go. Simply use veggie stock instead of chicken stock.
In the midst of hearty casseroles, it’s always nice to have a lighter option during Thanksgiving. Packed with apples and kale — an immune-boosting food — this flavorful salad is finished off with a homemade mustard dressing.
For this colorful salad, you’ll need arugula, orange and pomegranate. If it’s a last-minute dish and your arugula looks a little frail, put it in an ice bath to make it last longer.
There are easily 101 ways to cook eggs, and serving them with Brussels sprouts is a great way to do so during the holiday season. The soft boiled yolk coats the crispy vegetable and complements the fennel-spiced toasted breadcrumbs.
Nothing screams Thanksgiving and fall quite like roasted harvest vegetables. This hearty recipe is a combination of colorful veggies like red potatoes, carrots and red onions. But don’t open the oven to see whether your potatoes have turned golden brown too early — not being patient is one bad cooking habit you need to stop.
There are plenty of delicious macaroni and cheese recipes you should try, but during Thanksgiving, this one will be the talk of the town. With cream cheese as its secret ingredient, this recipe elevates your typical baked macaroni dish.
Southerners are known for having amazing food on their tables, but whoever first combined sweet potatoes, candied pecans and marshmallows is a genius.
The best way to work America’s favorite vegetable into your turkey day feast? Broccoli casserole, of course. Topped with crispy fried onions, melted cheese and cream of mushroom soup, this dish will make an appearance on your Thanksgiving table for years to come.
You know casseroles as a dependable weeknight dinner, but they’re also holiday classics. In this dish, crispy tater tots are baked on top of cheesy broccoli and rice.
Thanksgiving regularly features the best casserole recipes, and this one is unexpected. This recipe combines biscuits — an iconic breakfast food — with gravy, cheddar cheese and sausage. Are you hungry yet?
There are a bunch of vintage casseroles that no one makes anymore, but loaded potato casserole is not one of them. Layers of mashed potatoes are piled with bacon and melted cheese.
No turkey day feast would be complete without a green vegetable. This light green bean side dish is flavored with rosemary and thyme. And now that you know all of the side dishes that you need on your holiday table, check out the rest of our 101 favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
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