There's something for everyone in this special collection of Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Find familiar favorites, along with tempting new creations to try on your Thanksgiving menu.
Dress up your Thanksgiving turkey with one of our delicious cranberry sauces. Our variations range from sweet-and-tangy to
Turkey may be the centerpiece, but cornbread dressing is the heart and soul of a Southern Thanksgiving menu. Whether served alongside turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, or by itself straight out of the fridge the next day, you'll love this dressing recipe.
Why limit French fried onions to green bean casserole? We love them on this cheesy squash casserole, too.
Cooked carrots add smooth texture and extra flavor to this comfort food favorite. Serve this classic holiday casserole any
time of year and expect rave reviews. Top with marshmallows and spicy-sweet pecans.
Increase both the color and the flavor of your cornbread stuffing by adding cubed butternut squash, sweet potato, and Granny
Dress up a package of long-grain and wild rice mix with the addition of fresh mushrooms and Marsala. It will be a guaranteed
hit on your holiday table.
Top oven-roasted asparagus with slivers of toasted almonds for a quick and easy side dish.
For a lighter option to traditional Thanksgiving sides, try these Balsamic-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips. Light brown sugar
and cherries add a bit of sweetness balanced by crushed red pepper and lemon zest.
Yukon gold potatoes yield a texture that's just right for holding a pool of flavorful turkey gravy or melted butter.
This recipe is a fresh way to use holiday citrus. Sprinkle toasted sweetened flaked coconut over each serving, if desired.
Smoky bits of andouille sausage add a bold and spicy flavor to this colorful dish.
We couldn't decide which topping we liked best—the candy-sweet crunch of crushed cornflakes and pecans or the toasted marshmallows.
The solution? Add them both!
This squash casserole recipe is a hit with our readers who make it for everything from family dinners to holiday buffets.
It's rich, creamy, and sure to satisfy.
Frozen whole green beans offer a timesaving shortcut in this speedy recipe. Sautéed in butter with strips of red bell pepper
and shallots, they can easily stand in for fresh—even when company is coming.
Deliciously moist and perfectly seasoned, this five-star favorite really has no rivals. It does take a little extra time to
prepare cornbread dressing from scratch, but it's definitely worth the effort, and freezes beautifully.
Classic dressing and Lowcountry shrimp and grits fuse together in this must-try dressing.
A mix of fresh and dried cranberries team up with Granny Smith apples for an irresistible holiday treat. Make a double batch,
and send the extra home with guests.
Browned butter adds a heavenly toasted nut taste and aroma to traditional mashed potatoes.
We dressed up classic cornbread dressing with andouille sausage, sherry, and Creole seasoning.
This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe beats the boxed kind any day of the week. For a divine main dish, stir in chopped
cooked ham before baking, and then sprinkle top with chopped cooked bacon before serving.
The raw jícama in this salad adds flavor and crunch. Sometimes referred to as the Mexican potato, jícama has a sweet, nutty
taste and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Enjoy the crunch from crispy fried shallots, crumbled bacon, and coarsely chopped roasted almonds on top.
Dried, crushed red pepper flakes and a touch of brown sugar add a spark of sweet heat to these tasty greens.
Horseradish is the surprise ingredient in this lightly spiced blend of sweet and savory potatoes.
A quick and creamy Dijon-mustard sauce laced with Parmesan and Cheddar cheese turns a simple dish of broccoli and cauliflower
into company fare.
Each of these quick-to-fix recipes gets a speedy start with seasoned rice mix—just stir in a sprinkling of fresh herbs and
diced bell pepper or a handful of dried fruit and toasted nuts. For a festive turnout, fill lightly greased custard cups or
ramekins with hot rice, packing the mixture tightly into the cup with the back of a spoon, then invert the cup onto a serving
Richly flavored fingerling potatoes wreathed in baby green beans make a festive presentation on any holiday table.
Oven roasting is an easy, hands-off method of cooking that intensifies the natural sweetness of the vegetables and allows
you plenty of time to get the rest of the meal ready.
Serve this cranberry congealed salad at holiday gatherings for a festive and colorful side dish. Got leftovers? Spoon into
parfait glasses with a mixture of cream cheese and whipped topping.
One of our most popular corn side dishes, this corn casserole does not disappoint. The sprinkle of bacon cuts the creamy richness
of the dish, making it easy for this casserole to pair with just about anything.
Swing by the freezer section for one of our favorite convenience items―frozen sweet potatoes. If you want to skip the meringue,
top with miniature marshmallows instead.
The bright fresh flavors of citrus and basil take steamed green beans to a whole new level.
Apple cider simmers with butter and sugar to create a golden glaze for this flavorful side dish. A serrated grapefruit spoon
makes quick work of removing the seeds and stringy fibers from winter squash.
A delicious complement to turkey, this elegant salad is easily doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
Poblano peppers and a trio of delicious cheeses magically transform elbow macaroni into a gourmet side dish.
The smoky flavor of ground cumin provides flavor surprise to this vegetable classic.
Adding cornflakes cereal to the pecan-brown sugar topping gives the casserole extra crispiness and crunch.
This super-easy side dish gets a fast start from trimmed and peeled baby carrots. Use a microplane zester to grate both the
citrus zest and the fresh ginger.
For an impressive finish, use a large, star-tipped pastry bag to pipe the potatoes in decorative swirls.
Lots of flavor—and only five ingredients—make this Brussels sprouts recipe a winner. Even reviewers who aren't sprouts fans
like this version.
Ready in just 26 minutes, these greens are packed with fresh flavor from the chopped ginger and spicy serrano peppers.
Baking your green beans with pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes is a hands-free way to pack the greens with flavor.
For a delicious twist, top with a sprinkling of cooked and crumbled bacon just before serving.
Pancetta and Parmesan cheese add salty flavor to the roasted Brussels sprouts. You can substitute bacon for the pancetta.
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Lightly coating rice with butter or oil before adding the broth prevents the grains from sticking together. Less liquid is
used during slow cooking because it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as when cooking rice on the stovetop.
Go beyond the standard “recipe on the can” casserole by adding Alfredo sauce instead of cream of mushroom soup, water chestnuts,
Parmesan cheese and toasted pecans.
For a finishing touch, spoon this deliciously warm dressing into pretty bowls, and top with fresh sage.
Sauté fresh garlic to jazz up this simple yet delicious side dish.
Edamame is just a fancy word for heart-healthy soybeans—used here in place of traditional lima beans. Look for them in the
frozen vegetable case.
Though made with orzo rather than rice, this colorful dish is similar to risotto.
Creamy goat cheese, crunchy toasted almonds, juicy red tomatoes, and flavorful vinaigrette puts this recipe a cut above ordinary
Cheddar and Parmesan combine forces with yellow squash in this creamy casserole. For a tasty and colorful twist, substitute
sliced zucchini for half of the yellow squash.
Try this easy method for cutting up the bacon: Remove wrapping from bacon. Place the entire pound of cold bacon on a cutting
board, and slice into 12-inch cubes.
The presence of apple elevates this often overlooked veggie to new and delicious heights.
Frozen vegetables provide a shortcut to making this savory stew. Sautéed ham and chicken broth give the greens plenty of flavor.
This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the
entire family will love.
Think outside the casserole and make this savory beauty centerstage at your next family dinner.
Make, and break, the mold with this homemade version of classic cranberry sauce.
Make a cheesy, creamy potato casserole for your next family gathering or holiday meal. Make it easy with frozen hash browns,
cream of mushroom soup, and cornflakes cereal. You can also make it ahead and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.
Finished with a delicious trio of toppings—breadcrumbs, bacon, and pecans—this macaroni recipe is worthy of center stage.
Sweet sorghum vinaigrette and spicy pecans add full flavor to this hearty side salad.
Highlight the naturally sweet flavor of parsnips by roasting them and topping with a refreshing vinaigrette.
This creamy update on the iconic casserole is topped with crushed crackers and fried onions.
Perfect individual servings of spoonbread serve as a more satisfying alternative to cornbread.
Traditional Thanksgiving flavors are transformed in this crunchy rice dish.
A gratin as elegant as this one will fit right in with the showstopping selection of side dishes at your Thanksgiving feast.
Smoky andouille sausage brings this flavorful salad together.
This over-the-top cheesy side is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
Feel free to omit the egg or giblets, but do start with homemade chicken or turkey stock or the best broth you can buy.
Packaged mixes and store-bought cornbread vary in sweetness and moisture, so for this savory dressing, make yours from scratch.
This simple buttermilk skillet version will give your dressing the best texture and flavor.
Editor-at-Large James Farmer's grandmother Mimi always added a knob of butter to her onions to boost the flavor as they browned
in oil, and then simmered the greens slowly, adding water as needed to keep them submerged. For serving, James says, "I use
my large, enameled cast-iron stew pot. It keeps the greens warm and offers a nice presentation."
The flesh and juice of oranges and a shot of orange liqueur help balance the tartness of cranberries in this coarsely chopped
Plan on sectioning the citrus and chopping the pineapple ahead of time. If you use canned or jarred fruit, save the juices
and add them to the ambrosia.
A citrus vinaigrette adds fresh zing to crisp-tender green beans.
Give your dressing an extra-savory depth of flavor with the addition of humble canned, smoked oysters.
Easy seared Brussels sprouts get salty-sweet undertones from crispy ham and long-cooked onions.
When making this bracing salad, dress the kale and collards in advance to tenderize them.
Hollow out and fill roasted onions with a chunky stuffing for a twist on the hearty casserole version.
This is the one dish that recipe developer Tasia Malakasis' son, Kelly, requests every Thanksgiving. Take one bite of the
rich custard and you'll know why.
Use any 4-lb. combo of hardy root vegetables to make this simple side.
You'll know when the potatoes are perfectly cooked when a table knife slides easily through the center.