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 for your Thanksgiving menu 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?

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.

mashed potatoes in a white dish with butter

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

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. The Best, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
  2. Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  3. Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
  4. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  5. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  6. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  7. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  8. Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
  9. Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  10. Roasted Red Potatoes
  11. Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs
  12. Loaded Smashed Potatoes
  13. Hashbrown Casserole
  14. Roasted Purple Potatoes Recipe
  15. Twice Baked Potatoes
  16. Boiled Baby Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter
  17. Hasselback Potatoes
  18. Perfect Baked Potatoes
  19. Julia Child’s Potatoes Gratin
  20. Brown Sugar Glazed Red Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  2. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  3. Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows
  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. Cornbread Stuffing
  2. Classic Sausage Stuffing
  3. Bacon & Onion Stuffing
  4. Traditional Homemade Stuffing
  5. Slow Cooker Apple Sage Stuffing
  6. 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

Rice and Pasta Recipes

  1. Rice Pilaf
  2. Seasoned Rice with Herbs and Garlic
  3. Mushroom Risotto
  4. Buttered Noodles
  5. Stovetop Shells & Cheese
  6. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
  7. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  8. Cowboy Beans

Bread

  1. Parmesan Garlic Herb Quick Bread
  2. One Hour Dinner Rolls
  3. Cheesy Garlic Bread
  4. Parmesan Rosemary Dinner Rolls
  5. Sour Cream Cornbread
  6. Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins
  7. Jalapeno Cornbread
  8. Garlic & Rosemary Skillet Bread
  9. Honey Oat Quick Bread
  10. Beer Bread
  11. Garlic Knots
  12. Garlic Cheese Biscuits
  13. Garlic Cheese Toast
  14. Homemade Parker House Rolls

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 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 and Pecan Pie are just a few of our favorites!

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.