101+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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

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?

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What Is A Traditional Thanksgiving Menu?

If you think back to what you had on your own family table growning up, or what you’d usually see in Thanksgiving specials on TV, you already know the answer. Traditions have changed for some, but the top 10 have stayed the same:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Stuffing with celery and onions
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans Casserole
  • Corn
  • Dinner rolls
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin pie

Kristin’s Thanksgiving Menu Must-Haves

Ever wondered what I serve at my own family’s Thanksgiving? Here’s our menu this year! These are my TOP FAVORITES that I serve every single year for the holiday.

  1. Veggie Tray – This is great for having out before the meal, but most people add some to their plate at dinner tmie, too.
  2. Turkey Gravy – homemade with the dripping from our turkey.
  3. Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes – I make these 2 days in advance!
  4. Garlic Green Beans – These are super quick and easy!
  5. Homemade Stuffing – I like to add dried cranberries to this one!
  6. Orange Cranberry Sauce – This is my daughter’s responsibility every year and she loves making it.
  7. Rhodes Rolls – Frozen dinner rolls get an upgrade with salty garlic butter and rosemary. So, so good!

FAQs

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. 

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. Make sure to include a variety of flavors and textures.

How far ahead can I make Thanksgiving sides?

Most of the dishes on your menu can probably be made ahead of the big day. Things like casseroles, desserts, and even gravy can be made in advance to save you time on Thanksgiving Day. Prepare the side and bake it or cook it through, then wrap it up and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in a 300℉ oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on the dish.

Before deciding to prepare a recipe in advance, be sure to read the instructions and any tips that may have been included to make sure you’re doing it safely.

What do you serve after Thanksgiving?

If you want to use up your leftover turkey, you can make Turkey Shepherd’s Pie or Turkey Vegetable Soup, or one of 25+ Leftover Turkey Recipes! I am usually looking for something lighter after that big meal so something like BLT Turkey Wraps, Caldo de Pollo Soup, or just a simple Air Fryer Grilled Cheese sandwich will do.

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 easy 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

Wedge Salad with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
A Wedge Salad is a crisp and refreshing. Iceberg lettuce wedges topped with homemade thousand island dressing, bacon, tomatoes and pepper jack cheese.
A plate of wedge salad with dressing, bacon, cheese, and tomatoes on top
Spinach Salad
Spinach Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette is the best weekday salad! It's easy and fast, made with fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and crunchy walnuts.
A bowl of Spinach Salad
Mediterranean Green Bean Salad
Mediterranean Green Bean Salad is full of bright flavors and colors, with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, chickpeas, tomatoes and a tangy Greek vinaigrette.
Green beans with feta, tomatoes, olives, and chickpeas
7 Layer Salad
7 Layer Salad is a classic potluck dish great for feeding a crowd. These layers of deliciousness can be made ahead of time for these easiest side dish ever!
7 Layer salad in a big glass salad bowl
Simple Carrot Salad
This simple carrot salad will be your new go-to quick salad. It's so easy to throw together with minimal ingredients and a killer vinaigrette – this is a total winner!
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is a perfect side dish for your fall get-togethers and especially Thanksgiving! Serve it hot or cold – it's sure to please!
A plate of brussels sprouts salad
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad is creamy and full of flavor and takes your everyday potato salad to the next level. It's the perfect side dish for summer.
A plate of Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe for potlucks, picnics and BBQs. It's creamy, tangy and ready in 30 minutes, or make it a day ahead.
Lemon Kale Caesar Salad
This Lemon Kale Caesar Salad is has a creamy, lemony Parmesan dressing coating crunchy Romaine and everyone’s favorite superfood, kale! Top with some grilled chicken and you’ve got a light and fresh good-for-you summer meal.
A bowl of Salad
Bibb & Blue Salad with Pickled Red Onions (Macaroni Grill Copycat)
Bibb & Blue Salad with blue cheese, walnuts, pickled red onions and bacon. (Macaroni Grill copycat)
A bowl of salad
Broccoli Slaw with Apples and Dried Cherries
Need a new side dish that will be welcome year round? This Broccoli Slaw with Apples and Dried Cherries definitely fits the bill! It's creamy and crunchy and a little bit sweet, making it the best side dish for summertime barbecues to Thanksgiving dinner.
A bowl of broccoli slaw
Creamy Mexican Street Corn Salad
Mexican Street Corn Salad is super creamy with tons of flavor – it’s everything you love about the street corner classic roasted corn in a yummy salad. It’s a delicious side dish that just screams summer!
A plate of Mexican Street Corn Salad
Raspberry & Pear Salad with Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette
This refreshing Raspberry & Pear Salad is full of fruits, nuts and goat cheese, and topped with a tangy Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette. It's an easy and delicious salad that is the perfect compliment to any holiday meal.
Summer Spaghetti Salad
Summer Spaghetti Salad is a simple twist on the classic pasta salad. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this will become your new go to summer side dish!
A bowl of spaghetti, olives, and tomatoes.
Best Macaroni Salad
The Best Macaroni Salad is a classic summer side dish with mayo, celery, sweet pickles, onions, peas, hard boiled eggs and a hint of mustard.
Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad
This Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my go-to summer recipes. It comes together in a snap and can be made ahead of time for a great menu addition!
This Easy Vegetable Pasta Salad is one of my go-to summer recipes. It comes together in a snap and can be made ahead of time for a great menu addition!
Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad
Sweet Broccoli Salad gets a makeover by adding tender pasta and a lightened up Greek Yogurt dressing. It’s the perfect cold side dish for any time of the year!
A plate of broccoli salad
Caesar Salad
A classic Caesar Salad recipe with homemade caesar salad dressing (and no anchovies!).
Kale Salad with Quinoa and Chickpeas
Kale Salad with Quinoa and Chickpeas, plus brussels sprouts, cranberries and pecans with a simple vinaigrette is perfect for meal prep!
Thanksgiving Salad
This delicious combination of roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and grains topped with a creamy apple vinaigrette is the perfect Thanksgiving Salad!
This delicious combination of roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and grains topped with a creamy apple vinaigrette is the perfect Thanksgiving Salad
Winter Salad
This Winter Salad is hearty, delicious and full of rich, earthy texture and flavors. A tangy homemade vinaigrette adds a smooth, tart finish.
Lettuce and kale salad with apples and pomegranate seeds
Winter Salad with Apples and Pomegranate Seeds.

Vegetables

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon are slightly sweet, savory, and irresistibly crispy. They’re an easy side dish to serve with any dinner.
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with tender broccoli, a homemade cheddar cheese sauce and finishes with a crispy, buttery cracker crumb topping.
Candied Carrots
Perfectly tender and glazed in a brown sugar sauce, this Candied Carrots recipe an easy holiday side dish that takes 30 minutes to prepare.
One Pan Cauliflower “Mac” & Cheese
This One Pan Cauliflower “Mac” & Cheese recipe is a healthy, low-carb recipe that will satisfy your cheesy cravings. Makes a delicious and quick meal or a perfect Thanksgiving side dish.
A close up of cauliflower mac and cheese
Baked Acorn Squash
Baked Acorn Squash is delicious in a soup, baked in a casserole, or simply roasted and drizzled with butter, maple syrup and warm spices.
Balsamic Asparagus with Parmesan
Asparagus is a delicious spring veggie that even kids will enjoy.
Balsamic Asparagus with Parmesan
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is a perfect side dish for your fall get-togethers and especially Thanksgiving! Serve it hot or cold – it's sure to please!
A plate of brussels sprouts salad
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon is a salty, smoky update on the classic Thanksgiving side dish. Made with fresh green beans or canned.
Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables
Oven Roasted Vegetables are deliciously tender and roasted in a crave-worthy seasoning blend. Get tips for perfect roast veggies side dish every time!
A close up of many different roasted vegetables.
Scalloped Corn Casserole
Scalloped Corn is a classic casserole filled with creamy corn, topped with crushed butter crackers. A simple side dish for the holidays or a weeknight meal.
A dish of scalloped corn casserole
Garlic Green Beans
Garlic Green Beans are a simple, flavorful side dish that's fast and easy to make. Green beans cooked in garlic butter until tender with a squeeze of lemon.
A pan of sauteed green beans
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Slow Cooker Cream Style Corn is a simple side dish, made with sweet corn in a creamy sauce. It's perfect for holidays and weeknight meals.
Roasted Broccoli
Roasted Broccoli is a simple, light side dish that's tossed with olive oil, salt and paprika then roasted in the oven for a delicious, nutty flavor.
Roasted Broccoli on a pan
Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
Green Bean Casserole from Scratch is easy to make with fresh ingredients and no canned soup! It's the best side dish for your holiday meal.
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Veggie Tray
The best veggie tray is full of colorful vegetables, and a variety of flavorful dips. A vegetable tray is a must have at parties!
Roasted Broccolini
Roasted Broccolini is an easy side dish that's ready in 20 minutes. With just a few simple ingredients, you can get dinner on the table fast!
Honey Roasted Carrots
Honey Roasted Carrots are the perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish! Super tender baby carrots roasted with a sweet honey butter glaze.
Creamy Cornbread Casserole
This from-scratch Cornbread Casserole is made with a homemade Jiffy cornbread mix. It's perfect for holiday meals or any day of the week.
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli Rice Casserole is an easy to make side dish with a cheesy sauce. Make it a delicious part of your holiday meal or weeknight dinner.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Broccoli with cheese sauce is the best way to serve fresh broccoli – smothered in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. It's totally kid approved!
Sauteed Mushrooms
A quick and easy side dish made from mushrooms, garlic, butter, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
Garlic Butter Frozen Vegetables
Budget friendly frozen vegetables are transformed with a couple of simple, and tasty, tricks!
Cheesy Zucchini Casserole
Zucchini Casserole is a delicious side dish with tender zucchini, a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce and a crunchy panko breadcrumb topping.
Large platter with balsamic drizzle over roasted brussels sprouts.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Potato, Sweet Potato, 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?

Potato Recipes

The Best, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
Want to know the secret to the best mashed potatoes? Keep it simple, no fancy ingredients – just the right ratio of butter, cream and salt.
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes are fluffy, creamy and loaded with 3 kinds of cheese. So versatile, you can serve right away or make ahead and freeze.
A bowl of mashed potatoes
Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Crock pot mashed potatoes have diced potatoes simmered in the slow cooker and mashed with butter and cream for an easy holiday or weeknight side dish.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Easy, creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish for any occasion.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and delicious. Made with minced garlic and cream cheese, it’s the best side dish and one that everyone will love!
A bowl of mashed potatoes with butter
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes are rich, creamy, buttery and decadent. They are such an easy side dish for weeknight dinners or a holiday meal.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect side dish! Par-boiled instead of baked raw, these cheesy potatoes will always be cooked to creamy perfection.
Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
Roasted garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal. They're tender on the inside with crispy edges, garlic and parmesan cheese.
Roasted garlic potatoes social image.
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Twice Baked Potato Casserole takes the flavors of loaded mashed potatoes and stuffs them into a delicious casserole topped with crunchy potato chips.
A plate full of Potato casserole
Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Red Potatoes are a simple side dish that's packed with flavor. Lightly seasoned and roasted in the oven to get those amazingly crisp edges.
Close up of diced roasted red potatoes
Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs
Mashed Potato Puffs are fluffy and tender with crispy edges. A great way to use leftover potatoes. Filled with bacon, cheese and chives.
A close up of potato puffs
Loaded Smashed Potatoes
Smashed Potatoes loaded with cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions are tender and fluffy on the inside with ultra crispy edges!
Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole is an easy, cheesy recipe with frozen hashbrowns, cheese sauce and a crunchy corn flakes topping. Perfect for potlucks, brunch or as a simple side dish.
Roasted Purple Potatoes
Roasted Purple Potatoes are a delicious, simple to prepare and full of health benefits! Roasted in olive oil and seasonings and ready in about 30 minutes.
Roasted purple potatoes on a sheet pan
Twice Baked Potatoes
Twice Baked Potatoes are a classic recipe with Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, and bacon. They are a great side dish for any holiday or meal!
Boiled Baby Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter
These Boiled Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Herb Butter are creamy and tender and make a perfect, quick side dish to any meal. 
A pot of potatoes with garlic butter
Hasselback Potatoes
Quick and easy hasselback potatoes topped with bacon, cream cheese and herbs.
Perfect Baked Potatoes
Crispy, fluffy and delicious Easy Breakfast Potatoes are baked in the oven and are the perfect side dish for any meal | Potato Recipes | Breakfast Recipes
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Loaded Mashed Potatoes are the ultimate comfy side dish with creamy potatoes loaded up with bacon, two kinds of cheese and green onions.
German Fried Potatoes
German Fried Potatoes, aka Bratkartoffeln, are tender on the inside with crispy edges. for an easy potato side dish is a family favorite!
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Roasted Baby Potatoes are an easy yet versatile side dish! Perfectly golden and crunchy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside.
Roasted Lemon Potatotes
Roasted Lemon Potatoes are crispy and flavorful, tossed in olive oil and Greek inspired spices then roasted for a truly addictive side dish.
cream cheese mashed potatoes on a white plate with a scoop on a wooden spoon
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Brown Sugar
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy, buttery and loaded with bacon and warm brown sugar. They are the perfect side dish for your holiday meal.
mashed sweet potatoes with bacon and 2 pats of butter
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are full of fall flavors and make for a great side dish!
These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are full of fall flavors and make for a great side dish!
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes are coated in a cinnamon honey sauce and roasted until they are crispy and caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
A close up of roasted sweet potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
My Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows recipe is a classic Thanksgiving side dish with fresh sweet potatoes, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Sweet Potato and Bacon Hash
This Sweet Potato and Bacon Hash is an easy and savory brunch that the whole family will love!
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are the easiest way to make perfectly cooked sweet potatoes with little effort and in a fraction of the time.
  1. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes – So creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!
  2. Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Sweet, spicy and so easy to make! A light and healthy fall side dish that your family will love.
  3. Candied Sweet Potatoes – Covered in delicious syrupy goodness and will melt in your mouth with each and every bite.  
  4. French Style Sweet Potato Souffle – French style sweet potato soufflé is an elegant way of enjoying your sweet potatoes during the holidays.
white bowl, mashed sweet potatoes, spoon
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing
Southern Cornbread Stuffing is a moist and fluffy dressing with chunks of sweet cornbread and veggies soaked in an herb infused broth.
Bacon & Onion Stuffing
This Bacon Onion Stuffing is a flavorful and savory take on the classic!
A bowl of stuffing with bacon
Traditional Homemade Stuffing
Homemade Stuffing has dried bread cubes tossed with celery, onions, fresh herbs and broth, then baked until it's moist and fluffy, and crispy on the outside.
  1. Slow Cooker Apple Sage Stuffing – Packed with sausage, apples, cranberries, and fresh herbs. Save space in the oven with this holiday favorite. 
  2. Easy Apple Stuffing – A savory, buttery stuffing made with hearty bread chunks, crisp apples, and fresh herbs.
white baking dish with homemade stuffing
Homemade Stuffing

Pasta, Rice & 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.

Rice and Pasta Recipes

Easy Rice Pilaf
Upgrade everyday rice with this Easy Rice Pilaf with Vegetables. It's simple, uses fresh ingredients and adds incredible flavor to any plate. 
Seasoned Rice with Herbs and Garlic
Herb Seasoned Rice is fluffy and flavorful, and the perfect side dish for any meal. It's way better than a boxed mix and ready in 20 minutes!
Mushroom Risotto
Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto is a rich and delicious recipe made with your pressure cooker for an easy vegetarian dinner or decadent side dish! Fresh thyme, Parmesan and white wine take the flavors in this dish to the next level!
Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto in bowl on table
One Pan Buttered Noodles
One Pan Buttered Noodles is a fast and easy side dish. As the pasta simmers it creates a rich and luscious sauce – no draining required!
egg noodles with butter, wooden spoon, silver pan
Stovetop Shells & Cheese
Tender pasta swimming in a silky, creamy, cheesy sauce. My Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so easy to make you’ll never go back to the blue box again!
A bowl of shell pasta with cheese sauce.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a delicious fall meal that is ultra creamy, earthy and flavorful. It’s an easy mac and cheese casserole recipe that’s healthy and delicious!
A close up of a macaroni and cheese
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
If you want an incredibly creamy and cheesy baked macaroni and cheese recipe than this will be the only recipe you ever need! A tangy sharp cheddar cheese sauce coats al dente pasta, and then topped with a surprise pretzel crust!
Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese has macaroni in a rich and creamy cheese sauce with bold, spicy jalapeno peppers, bacon and a crispy topping.
Cowboy Beans
Cowboy Beans are a great side, main course or even appetizer. Made with beans, ground beef and bacon in a rich and flavorful sauce.
A close up of Beans
Shell pasta and cheese sauce in a white pot with a wooden spoon.
Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Bread Recipes

Parmesan Garlic Herb Quick Bread
This Parmesan Garlic Herb Quick Bread is a tender, flavorful bread that makes a great side dish to any meal.
A close up of dinner rolls
One Hour Dinner Rolls
These one hour dinner rolls are soft and fluffy, and really do take only about an hour from start to finish, including rising time. They are the perfect compliment to any meal.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
The Best Cheesy Garlic Bread has 3 kinds of cheese, fresh herbs and tons of garlic. Turn plain french bread into cheesy, garlicky perfection!
Parmesan Rosemary Dinner Rolls
These super easy and incredibly delicious Parmesan Rosemary Rolls look beautiful, and will be the hit of your celebrations, and no one will now just how easy they were to make!
A close up of dinner rolls
Sour Cream Cornbread
Sour Cream Cornbread is the perfect side for your holiday meal or favorite bowl of chili. It's incredibly moist and deliciously tender.
Cornbread Muffins
Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins are fluffy and moist. Smother with butter and honey and pair them with your favorite bowl of soup or chili.
Buttery Frozen Dinner Rolls with Garlic and Rosemary
Frozen Rhodes rolls are the easiest frozen dinner rolls! No kneading or mixing, just 3-4 hours of rise time for soft, and fluffy dinner rolls.
Honey Oat Quick Bread
This Honey Oat Quick Bread is an easy, no-yeast/no-knead recipe that’s ready in under an hour! A fresh, slightly sweet loaf of wheat bread made with oats and sweetened with honey, then baked to tender, golden brown perfection.
A sliced loaf of bread
Beer Bread
This Beer Bread recipe is a simple and customizable quick bread that's slightly sweet, super moist and made with just 6 ingredients.
Mini Parmesan Garlic Knots
Mini Parmesan Garlic Knots are a poppable appetizer that flies off the plate! Serve them small, or make bigger knots to serve up with your favorite dinners!
Mini Parmesan Garlic Knots are a poppable appetizer that flies off the plate! Serve them small, or make bigger knots to serve up with your favorite dinners!
Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Garlic Cheese Biscuits are a copycat of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. They are cheesy, garlicky and salty yet still tender and flaky – you definitely won't want to share.
A close up of homemade bread rolls with garlic and cheese.
Garlic Cheese Toast
Garlic Cheese Toast has a rich garlic butter and is topped with three melty cheeses. It's the perfect side for just about any meal!
Parker House Rolls
Parker House Rolls are a soft and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth dinner roll. They are brushed with butter before and after baking making them even more irresistible. Your family is going to love these amazing homemade rolls. 
Biscuits with cheese and parsley on top.
Garlic Cheese Biscuits

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!

Mandarin Orange Salad
Mandarin Orange Salad is a fluffy, sweet treat that's light & refreshing. With just 5 ingredients, this Jello Salad takes 10 minutes to make!
Sour Cream Salad
A creamy fruit salad with cool whip and sour cream, marshmallows and chunks of fruit.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
Cranberry Fluff Salad is a creamy cranberry salad side dish or dessert with cranberry sauce, marshmallows, oranges, pineapple and Cool Whip.
Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce
Cranberry Orange Sauce is a delicious combination of sweet and tart, and the perfect accompaniment to all your holiday meals.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Seal and store in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 6 months. Be sure to leave at least an inch of space above the sauce for freezing.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Instant Pot Applesauce is sweet and tart, and ready in about 20 minutes. Easily customizable with your favorite apples and little to no sugar added.
Small white dish full of applesauce.
Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad
This Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood.
A bowl of pistachio fluff salad with maraschino cherries on top
Green Jello Salad
Jello Salad is a vintage recipe that's part side dish & part dessert. This Green Jello Salad is deliciously creamy and perfect for sharing with friends!
Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce

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, or air fryerIt’s got simple ingredients and a ton of flavor – and there are lots of tips to help you out!

Don’t forget the dessert…Mini Maple Pumpkin Pies, No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Potato Pie, and Pecan Pie are just a few of our favorites!

Don’t forget the turkey!

Get the best roast turkey recipe, plus TONS of tips!

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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  1. You left out fried sauerkraut as one of the side dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. My mother use to fix this dish for 60 years until her death 6 years ago coming up this Oct 31st. She got this from my grandmother who is full blooded German she even has the tattooed numbers on her arm from the Holocaust. She would tell us this was all she and her sister had to eat for those holidays. That’s why we have still to this day. I’m carrying on my mom’s and grandma’s tradition. Thought I’d share it with you.