Thanksgiving Sides Anyone Can Make

Thanksgiving is the ultimate food holiday in the U.S., and it's easy to get caught up in creating more and more elaborate and extravagant menus than years past. But if you find yourself spending the entire holiday in the kitchen and not with your family, you're missing the point of the holiday.

Mashed Potatoes

Perhaps one of the most iconic Thanksgiving side dishes, mashed potatoes are easy to make and only require a few ingredients. Follow a few of our tips and tricks to make the creamiest mashed potatoes ever. Click here to see the recipe.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Use canned sweet potato purée and top with mini marshmallows for this sweet side dish. Click here to see the recipe.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are super healthy (and may even be the next kale), but most importantly, Brussels sprouts are delicious when simply roasted in rich bacon fat. Click here to see the recipe.

Cornbread Stuffing

Use store-bought cornbread stuffing mix or slightly stale homemade cornbread for simple stuffing. If you add too much stock to your stuffing, spread it out on a sheet tray and bake until it dries out. Click here to see the recipe.

Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is quite possibly the simplest thing you can make all holiday season. Instead of using canned, blanch fresh, cut green beans until they turn bright green, and then place in a water bath for this casserole. Click here to see the recipe.

Roasted Beets

Enhance the sweet flavor of beets with some brown sugar and fresh orange juice. After roasting, use an old dish towel to peel the skin off of the beets. Be careful when handling beets, as the juice stains hands and clothing! Click here to see the recipe.

Roasted Carrots

Tossed in a simple citrus-honey glaze, this hands-off side dish will be a hit at the Thanksgiving table. When roasting vegetables, it's important to cut everything to the same size so it all cooks at the same rate. Click here to see the recipe.


Although biscuits in a can are a delicious and easy option, it just takes five simple ingredients to make your own fluffy biscuits. Click here to see the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce

Why go for canned when fresh cranberries are in season and so good for you? Canned cranberry sauce pales in comparison to this fresh cranberry sauce. Use any leftover cranberry sauce in these few easy recipes. Click here to see the recipe.


Almost everything you need to make excellent gravy comes with the turkey. Use giblets to flavor store-bought stock and utilize pan drippings to make a simple gravy that comes together in minutes. Click here to see the recipe.