101+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you’re looking for your favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes or something new and different, you’ll find everything you need in this huge list of over 100 Thanksgiving side dishes.

turkey breast, spoon with gravy, green beans, mashe dpotatoes

Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it’s ok to fill up your plate with mounds of delicious food. Calories don’t count on Thanksgiving, right? In that case, these beautiful Thanksgiving side dishes will make the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving dinner. Who said TURKEY has to be the star?

What do you serve with Thanksgiving dinner?

You’ve got the roast turkey breast, you’ve got the turkey gravy, but it can get boring with the same old traditional mashed potatoes and green bean casserole every year. That’s why I’ve put together this incredible collection that showcases the MANY different options you have to help round out your Thanksgiving feast. I can wait to try them all! Wherever you start, you won’t be disappointed with these Thanksgiving recipes!

What is the most popular Side Dish at Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is THE food holiday of the year! Some think that the turkey is the star, but really, it’s the sides. The side dishes have always been my favorite part of Thanksgiving – from the sweet potatoes to the rolls to the stuffing to the green beans. Mashed Potatoes are my all time favorite, and they’re one of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of all. 

\ mashed potatoes in a white dish with butter

How many side dishes should you have at Thanksgiving?

Lots of them! Of course it depends on how many people you will have at dinner, but the more options you can provide, the better. You want to have at least 2 of each type of side – 2 vegetable sides, 2 starches, 2 desserts. 

The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

There are over 100 recipes on this list and I’ve broken it up into sections (stuffing, potatoes, veggies, etc.).  Easily find what you’re looking for by scrolling to the side dish category you’re interested in. Have a favorite that I missed? Let me know about it in the comments. I’m always looking for new Thanksgiving side dishes to try and share!

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Vegetables and Salads

Vegetables on Thanksgiving aren’t always the same kinds of veggies you’d have at your weeknight dinner table, but that sure does make them delicious! The veggie side dish is a great way to round out all the heavy foods at your Thanksgiving table. Plan to have at least 2 of them; I like to do one cold and one hot.

Cold Salads

Vegetables

Potatoes and Stuffing Recipes

Stuffing and potatoes are the staple sides for Thanksgiving, right?! If you’re tired of the same old sweet potato casserole or basic mashed potatoes then it’s time to break out and try one of these amazing dishes, like my grandma’s famous Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, or how about a tasty Chorizo Stuffing?

white bowl, mashed sweet potatoes, spoon

Potato Recipes

  1. Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs
  2. Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
  3. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  4. Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
  5. Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  6. Roasted Red Potatoes
  7. Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  8. Hashbrown Casserole
  9. Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
  10. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  11. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  12. Twice Baked Potatoes
  13. Julia Child’s Potatoes Gratin
  14. Brown Sugar Glazed Red Potatoes
  15. Skillet Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin
  16. Bloomin’ Baked Potato
  17. Italian Mashed Potatoes
  18. Smashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  2. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  3. Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole
  5. Sweet Potato & Bacon Hash
  6. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
  7. Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  8. Candied Sweet Potatoes
  9. French Style Sweet Potato Souffle

Stuffing

  1. Bacon & Onion Stuffing
  2. Traditional Homemade Stuffing
  3. Classic Sausage Stuffing
  4. Slow Cooker Apple Sage Stuffing
  5. Apple Pecan Cornbread Stuffing
  6. Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
  7. Easy Apple Stuffing

Pasta, Rice and Bread

If potatoes and stuffing aren’t your thing, or you have some picky potato-haters (like I do!), you’ll want to have some yummy options for them too. Plus bread is just good pretty much any time.

\ cheddar biscuits with butter and parsley

  1. Rice Pilaf
  2. Buttered Noodles
  3. Stovetop Shells & Cheese
  4. Cowboy Beans
  5. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
  6. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  7. Macaroni Salad
  8. Mushroom Risotto
  9. Parmesan Garlic Herb Quick Bread
  10. One Hour Dinner Rolls
  11. Cheesy Garlic Bread
  12. Parmesan Rosemary Dinner Rolls
  13. Sour Cream Cornbread
  14. Jalapeno Cornbread
  15. Garlic & Rosemary Skillet Bread
  16. Honey Oat Quick Bread
  17. Black Pepper Biscuits
  18. Beer Bread
  19. Garlic Knots
  20. Garlic Cheese Biscuits
  21. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
  22. Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread

Sweet Side Dishes

We always have a few staple sweets to go with all the savory food. Our family favorite is the Sour Cream Salad, but of course traditional cranberry sauce is a must!

Got Turkey?

Got the sides, now you need the TURKEY! Try our recipe for the Best Thanksgiving Turkey (with video!). If you’re feeding a smaller group, try our Turkey Breast recipe in the Instant Pot, oven roasted and air fryer

And for dessert…Mini Maple Pumpkin Pies!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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