25 Classic Thanksgiving Side Dishes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, prepping is vital, especially if your the one doing all the cooking, hosting or both. So, I am going to make your life way easier with my 25 Classic Thanksgiving side dishes that will make them want the recipes for, they are that good. I have a nice easy recipe for every single food lover in your group, from broccoli and green beans to yams and mashed potatoes I have every single amazing dish right here under this blog roof!

I am going to start off with the classic, since everyone always wants the mashed potatoes and green beans first. But these are the top of the top for these recipes, so don't just grab the side of a can, either grab a pen or snap a screenshot. Because, these will be ones you will be making for years to come!

1: The BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe

No holiday meal would be complete without a big bowl of creamy dreamy mashed potatoes

These are the BEST mashed potatoes, incredibly buttery and creamy, easy to make, and the perfect addition to every meal.

I’ve included all of my best tips and a complete “how to make mashed potatoes” guide for absolute perfection every time!

This recipe is by Holly from Spend with Pennies. I absolutely love this site and have made hundreds of their recipes. This particular one has everyone always asking for more and I have to end up making double batches every single time I serve it.



This is the best stuffing recipe ever!

Seriously, it’s our favorite stuffing and the only one I make now. The edges are golden and crunchy, the inside is soft. It’s wildly flavorful and buttery and filled with herbs and most importantly, a delicious neutral flavor that truly goes with any meal.

Stuffing is by FAR my favorite side dish. In fact, Thanksgiving is alllll about the side dishes for me. Each one gets better than the last. And yes, technically this would be considered dressing since I’m serving it outside the bird.

Recipe by Jessica from How Sweet Eats

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3: Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Fresh Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish, great for special occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas, yet still perfect any time of year! This recipe features fresh green beans cooked until tender crisp in a creamy mushroom sauce. This homemade casserole is topped off with a cheesy panko topping!

The perfect green bean casserole homemade from scratch!

No turkey dinner feast would be complete without mashed potatoes, gravy and of course a yummy green bean casserole! My family looks forward to this fabulous side dish every year! Tender green beans cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce and topped a crisp Panko topping and cheddar cheese; so many family favorite ingredients all put together in one dish!

Recipe by Holly from Spend with Pennies


4: Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows and Pecans will win over even the most averse sweet potato eater. This classic Thanksgiving side dish is made extra special with a delightfully crunchy pecan streusel topping that goes under a gooey marshmallow topping!

Be sure not to miss the rest of our classic Thanksgiving recipes! We always serve this sweet potato casserole with southern cornbread dressing, a fresh green bean casserole (from scratch and so delicious!), and a bacon-roasted turkey that everybody raves about!

I grew up eating candied yams for Thanksgiving, which is a dish made using chunks of soft, cooked sweet potato topped with butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows. It wasn't ever my favorite dish on our holiday table - probably my least favorite actually, but I have found a new love for sweet potatoes with this easy sweet potato casserole.

Recipe by Amy from House of Nash Eats


5: Savory Cornbread Stuffing

I find most cornbread to be very sweet. This one is grainy and savory, and the stuffing I make with it is my favorite. This is easily doubled for a larger quantity of stuffing. Bake it in a 3-quart baking dish (it will take about 45 to 50 minutes) or in two 9-inch pans.

This recipe has been at the top of the NY Time best read and most made recipe for over 5 years. Once you make it you will know why this recipe has a perfect 5 star review with over a thousand people that have made it to date.

It is buttery, full of herbs and flavors and has a delicious crunch to it that makes it super unique and delicious.

The Recipe is by By Martha Rose Shulman and published in the NY Times.


6: Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Sweet baby carrots are the perfect match for this tangy balsamic glaze. Fancy enough for a holiday meal, but easy enough for a weeknight, this recipe is endlessly riffable and guaranteed to deliver crisp-tender carrots every time. Be sure to give your veggies plenty of room on your baking sheet for maximum caramelization.

Made these? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

I am not a huge fan of cooked carrots, not sure why as I love raw carrots, but to me the flavor changes and are all of a sudden kinda gross.

But, my son wanted me to make some carrots two years ago, so I found this recipe and I have to say, they are so delicious I actually make it year round



7: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A simple recipe for fresh and easy homemade cranberry sauce. Made with real whole cranberries and just 3 other ingredients, this is an easy traditional must-have for your next holiday dinner. This cranberry sauce is a holiday classic (like my roasted sweet potatoes) and deserves a place on your table. Be sure to check out the brief how-to video at the bottom of the post if you’re more of a visual learner!

Who here is hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Don’t look at me, while I’d love to someday, my biggest contributions to holiday get-togethers usually land on the dessert table. Pecan pie , chocolate pie (with a side of homemade whipped cream!), these are my usual contributions, but recently I’ve branched out. This year, I’m on a mission to replace canned cranberry sauce everywhere with homemade cranberry sauce.

Recipe be Sam from Sugar Spun run


8: Cheesy Baked Brussel Sprouts Casserole

Want a warm and comforting side dish without spending hours in the kitchen? This easy Cheesy Baked Brussel Sprouts Casserole is creamy and flavor filled, perfect for holidays or busy weeknights. Made with simple ingredients, this Brussel Sprouts side dish is sure to please.

I don’t know about you but holidays for me are all about the food. From the freshly baked cookies, to the holiday turkey or ham and all the side dishes in between…..I love it all.

Every dish is just a little bit “extra”…..even our classic Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole gets a little extra dressed up for the occasion. But this year, I’m adding a new favorite to the mix and it’s going on the weekly meal plan because it’s so easy.

Recipe by Kellie from The Suburban Soap Box



Light, fluffy, buttery dinner rolls are impossible to resist. Homemade with just a handful of simple ingredients, the BEST Dinner Rolls can you be on your table in a jiffy. They really are the perfect addition to any meal but I love this easy dinner roll recipe with Buttermilk Ranch Oven Fried Chicken or these delicious Turkey Meatballs.

An easy dinner roll recipe needs to be in everyone’s repertoire. These dinner rolls are perfect. Like, truly perfect. Soft and fluffy, my dinner roll recipe is going to blow you away with it’s pillowy texture and buttery flavor. They are extremely versatile and a welcome addition to essentially every meal.

Recipe by Trish from Mom on Time Out


10: Pumpkin Soup

This is a classic, easy pumpkin soup made with fresh pumpkin that is very fast to make. Thick, creamy and full of flavor, this is THE pumpkin soup recipe you will make now and forever! Don’t forget the hot buttered crusty bread for dunking! (Bonus: pumpkin soup is super healthy with just 189 calories per serving!)

Some recipes should be kept simple as nature intended them to be, and in my opinion, Pumpkin Soup is one of those dishes. The natural flavor of pumpkin is good enough that you need very little to make a beautiful, creamy, full flavored soup.

Recipe by: Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats


11: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This super easy Bacon Spinach Salad is filled with bacon, blue cheese crumbles, onions, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and topped with a warm bacon dressing!

You can never go wrong with bacon, especially when it’s in a salad! This salad has a vast amount of texture and flavor from the crunchy bits of bacon to the creamy crumbles of blue cheese. Made with a few quick steps and is hearty enough to be served as a meal! Sometimes we add a bit more bacon to make it extra wholesome for lunch or dinner

This warm bacon dressing is packed with bacon flavor and crumbled bacon bites! This spinach salad isn’t like your typical salad..it’s comforting and loaded with so much goodness.

Recipe by Kathryn from Kathryn's Kitchen Blog


12: Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

This loaded cauliflower broccoli casserole with bacon is an easy keto/low-carb recipe that's ready in 30mn and tastes incredible.

Loaded Cauliflower Broccoli Casserole – This loaded cauliflower casserole with bacon and broccoli is an incredible keto/low-carb side dish recipe or main