55 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Steal the Show

We've got stuffing! We've got sweet potatoes! We've got green bean salad!

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Mike Garten

While the turkey may steal all the attention at Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really the Thanksgiving side dishes that get everyone fired up about the feast. Each year, we can’t wait to eat piles of green beans, turkey stuffing and all the mashed potatoes we can fit on our plates. The turkey just wouldn’t be complete without a drizzle of homemade gravy and a dollop of tangy cranberry sauce. Thanks to this list of the best Thanksgiving side dish recipes, there will be no shortage of turkey helpers on your menu. Maybe a classic sweet potato casserole topped with gooey marshmallow is calling your name, or perhaps you're more of a savory side dish person and you just can't wait for the bacon-flecked Brussels sprouts. Oh and let's not forget the rolls (expert tip: always make extra rolls).

If prepping extra sides seems like a heavy lift (we hear you!), don't hesitate to delegate those dishes to friends and family attending your feast. Just be sure to get a sense of what everyone's bringing well in advance, or you might just end up with six different stuffings and not a green bean in sight. If everyone attending brings at least one of these mouthwatering sides, you'll have plenty of food to eat with just enough bites leftover for the next day. Thanksgiving leftovers are the best part of the holiday, after all. Case in point — there's no such thing as too many sides!

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Hasselback Butternut Squash With Maple Brown Butter

If this doesn't steal the show, we don't know what will.

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Mike Garten
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Spicy Acorn Squash with Feta

Add a kick to simple roasted squash with our recipe that uses smoked paprika and ground cayenne pepper.

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Mike Garten
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Easy Zucchini Bread

Give people the option of rolls or cornbread or zucchini bread! Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, the bread has a similar flavor profile to carrot cake.

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Mike Garten
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Mushroom and Chile-Garlic Green Beans

Not into the typical green bean casserole? This fresh version with chile-garlic butter will spice-up the Thanksgiving table.

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Mike Garten
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Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad

Add a fresh, crunchy side salad for your fall table. There's no heating involved and only seven ingredients needed.

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Mike Garten
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Roasted Pears

This festive holiday side dish pairs well with turkey.

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Mike Garten
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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Make this up to two months in advance and store it in the freezer.

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Mike Garten
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Vanilla Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Toss fresh vanilla bean seeds with sweet potatoes to bring out vanilla's savory side.

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RELATED: 40 Best Sweet Potato Recipes That Are Perfect for Any Fall Occasion

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Mike Garten
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Brussels Sprouts with Heaps of Bacon

Here's an idea to get everyone to eat their greens: pair with salty slab bacon!

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Mike Garten
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Fig and Rosemary Cranberry Sauce

Dried figs add extra sweetness and great texture to this unique cranberry sauce.

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Mike Garten
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Northwest Fruit Stuffing Recipe

This sweet-and-savory Northwest fruit stuffing brings in the best of both worlds.

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Coriander-Maple Glazed Carrots

Use rainbow carrots for a much-needed color boost at the Thanksgiving buffet. A squeeze of fresh lime adds even more brightness!

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Mike Garten
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Thyme-Roasted Turkey Gravy

Use the drippings from thyme-roasted turkey to create your best gravy yet.

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RELATED: 33 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes That Will Wow Your Guests

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Mike Garten
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Vegetable Torte

Squash, kale, potato and tomato star in this beautiful layered pie that takes 15 minutes to prep. Plus, it doubles as a vegetarian main!

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RELATED: 30 Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes That Go Way Beyond Just Tofurkey

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Turkey Stuffing

This classic side comes together in just 3 steps: sauté your vegetables, toss with bread cubes and broth and bake in a casserole dish. Done!

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Mike Garten
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Best-Ever Buttermilk Biscuits

The only rule for biscuits at Thanksgiving? There can never be too many.

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Mike Garten
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Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Kick up your classic green bean casserole with tangy cream cheese and a dollop of Dijon mustard.

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Mike Garten
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Best-Ever Vegan Gravy

This super-simple sauce will please every eater at your Thanksgiving table with its rich mushroomy flavor.

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Mike Garten
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Raw Cranberry Relish

Pulse cranberries in a food processor for a texture and flavor unlike any other sauce. Orange marmalade mixed with the tangy fruit provides just the right amount of sweetness.

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Fried sage leaves bring extra flavor (and a little crunch!) to this simple soup made easily in the Instant Pot.

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Mike Garten
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Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Thyme, parsley, and bay leaf steeped with the cream brings subtle, fresh flavor to creamy mashed potatoes.

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RELATED: 46 Easy Mashed Potatoes To Help You Find the Ultimate Holiday Side

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Mike Garten
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Glazed Green Beans

Sherry wine and vinegar simmered with brown sugar creates a sweet-sour glaze for fresh green beans.

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Mike Garten
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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Bright citrus zest and juice give this cranberry orange sauce a little extra zip.

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Mike Garten
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Thyme and Shallot Roasted Butternut Squash

A drizzle of maple syrup brings out the sweetness in roasted squash, while caramelized shallots enhance its savory side.

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RELATED: 36 Irresistible and Easy Butternut Squash Recipes You Need to Make

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Mike Garten
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Roasted Cranberry Sauce

This hands-off recipe is a huge help during Turkey Day chaos: Just toss cranberries, sugar, orange zest and juice together on a baking sheet, transfer to the oven and walk away.

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Mike Garten
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Double Pumpkin Cornbread With Red Onion

Pumpkin purée and pumpkin seeds create double the fall flavor in this tasty bread.

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RELATED: 47 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Fall

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YOSSY AREFI
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Buttery Rosemary Rolls

A little rosemary and sea salt goes a long way in turning these scrumptious rolls into somethin' special.

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Mike Garten
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Creamy Roasted Squash Puree

Squash, shallots, and thyme roasted until tender then puréed creates this silky side dish that will stand out from all the mashed potatoes.

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Mike Garten
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20-Minute Cauliflower Soup

You don't need an Instant Pot to make a soup in mere minutes that tastes like it's been bubbling for hours. Another hack? Sub frozen cauliflower for fresh if you're short on time.

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RELATED: 65 Best Fall Soups for Chilly Autumn Nights

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