April 16, 2024

102 Best Thanksgiving Sides | Classic Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner | Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus, Entertaining & More : Food Network

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Salty, crispy bacon makes everything better, especially these Brussels sprouts served warm as a holiday side dish.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Crispiest Ever Potatoes

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Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

Tyler relies purely on honey for sweetness when it comes to his simple roasted sweet potatoes.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

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Parker House Rolls

Bacon and grated cheddar give Ree’s traditional casserole a decadent upgrade that’s ideal for a celebration.

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Green Bean Casserole

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

For an added layer of flavor and extra-smooth consistency, Ree incorporates soft cream cheese into the mashed potatoes before baking them.

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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Collard Greens

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

The ultimate creamy concoction, Tyler’s mashed potatoes pair perfectly with homemade turkey gravy.

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Mashed Potatoes

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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

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Upside-Down Butternut Squash Tart

Ina uses pancetta and balsamic vinegar for subtly sweet flavor in her roasted Brussels sprouts recipe, transforming a basic side into a sophisticated, indulgent treat.  

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Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Scalloped Potato Gratin

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Creamed Corn

Don’t miss out on the perfect cranberry sauce recipe, with just a bit of citrus zest to bring out the flavor.

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Perfect Cranberry Sauce

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Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Even meat eaters will want a piece of these impressive, high-fiber veggies. The Dijon mustard concentrates in flavor as it roasts, resulting in a powerful punch of umami. Prep and brush your cauliflower ahead of time, then let them sit at room temperature until you’re ready to cook.

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Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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Crispy Potato Stacks

Traditional mac and cheese gets a makeover with spiral pasta and a crunchy panko topping.

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Triple-Cheese Spirals

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Air Fryer Green Beans with Gremolata and Toasted Almonds

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Creamed Corn Cornbread

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Sweet Potato Poutine

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Cheesy Scalloped Potato Bundt

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Roasted Butternut Squash

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

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Biscuits

Ina makes a 15-minute side dish sure to please. Sweet carrots go perfectly with a little butter and chopped fresh dill.

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Sauteed Carrots

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Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese

Rachael whips up her pasta in just 20 minutes. Two kinds of cheese, sharp cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus a touch of nutmeg will make this side dish a holiday staple.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This impressive autumn-inspired dish can be served as a main course for vegan and vegetarian eaters, or it can be enjoyed by everyone at the table as a side dish. The small amount of curry powder gives the squash a nice warmth and depth.

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Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash

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Dump-and-Bake Corn Casserole

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Five Thanksgiving Sides in One Sheet Pan

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Stuffing-Stuffed Whole Cauliflower

The caramelized shallots add a subtle sweetness to kale’s mild peppery flavor. Bobby’s quick, creamy sauce holds it all together.

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Creamed Kale with Caramelized Shallots

White Cheddar cheese and buttery cracker crumbs top this classic side made from frozen sweet corn and creamy half-and-half.

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Scalloped Corn

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Cranberry Sauce

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Air Fryer Acorn Squash with Brown Butter

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Melting Sweet Potatoes

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Stuffed Mushroom Casserole

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Fried Green Bean Casserole

Maple syrup and lemon juice add surprising, sweet flavor to roasted butternut squash.

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Lemon-Maple Squash

Tyler tops simple baked sweet potatoes with a sweet and crunchy streusel mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and melted mini marshmallows.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streusel

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Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Corn Muffins

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The Best Corn Casserole

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This creamy, garlicky mash is made from cauliflower instead of potatoes. We use garlic and thyme for depth and nonfat Greek yogurt and a little Parmesan for dairy richness and tang.

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Mock Mashed Potatoes

Ina’s easy green beans take just 15 minutes to prepare. They’re blanched before being sauteed with butter, olive oil and shallots.

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String Beans with Shallots

Guy’s cranberry sauce gets a kick from two types of peppers.

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Red Devil Cranberries

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Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts

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Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes

Try this cheesy take on Brussels sprouts, a side dish everyone is sure to love.

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

For a flavorful mashed potato twist, Tyler uses Yukon gold potatoes and mixes in garlic, thyme and chives.

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Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Anne roasts sweet potatoes and mixes in dried apricots, honey, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Sprinkle with an oatmeal crisp topping for a dessert and side dish all in one.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet caramelized onions and crunchy almonds are Tyler’s secret ingredients in this standout green bean side dish.

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Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds

A simple, cinnamon and apple cranberry sauce is easy with only six ingredients.

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Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Trisha tops sweet potatoes with pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter and bakes her casserole until slightly brown.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

Bake a moist, tender and slightly sweet batch of classic cornbread in just 40 minutes from start to finish.

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Classic Cornbread

The best way to prepare your leeks for this bread pudding? After cutting them lengthwise and slicing crosswise, wash them in water and spin-dry in a salad spinner.

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Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding

Make a homemade aioli to serve atop fluffy baked yams.

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Baked Yams With Saffron Aioli

Put slices of bacon into slits in Yukon gold potatoes and bake until crisp. Finish this decadent side with a scallion, parsley and garlic butter that’s spoonsed over the potatoes when they’re almost done.

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Bacon Hasselback Potatoes

Guy adds a bit of whiskey to his mixture of sweet potatoes and apples and sweetens the dish with agave nectar.

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Whiskey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted garlic transforms the flavor of Ree’s mashed potatoes. Cream cheese makes them rich and fluffy while also helping to balance the garlic kick.

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This green bean casserole is lighter than the classic. But tart tomatoes and salty Parmesan ensure that it’s got just as much flavor.

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Green Bean and Tomato Casserole

Dried figs and balsamic vinegar upgrade traditional cranberry sauce to Bobby’s elegant version.

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Cranberry Sauce with Pinot and Figs

Rachael’s smashed potatoes are ready in less than 20 minutes. Plus, they are simple enough to have kids get in on the cooking action.

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Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and orange zest give mashed sweet potatoes a contrasting sweet and salty kick that really works.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Fill already-baked potato shells with a creamy mashed potato and butter mixture before sprinkling with cheese and baking again until the cheese is melted.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

If you’ve been underwhelmed by Brussels sprouts in the past, this dish could easily change your mind. The sprouts will melt in your mouth thanks to the savory, buttery sauce.

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Brussels Sprouts Supreme

To build this decadent side dish, Bobby layers sauteed onions and sage with thinly sliced Idaho potatoes, then coats it all in heavy cream, repeating the process until there are 12 heaping layers.

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Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Potato Gratin with Fresh Sage

Don’t choose between traditional mashed potatoes and vibrant sweet potatoes. Separately, mash Yukon gold potatoes with sour cream and heavy cream, and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cayenne pepper, then swirl together for the best of both worlds. 

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Marbled Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Thanksgiving Hashweh

“This is a super-flavorful substitute for your standard mashed potatoes,” promises Michael Symon. It’s so flavorful, in fact, that after you cook the root vegetables, all you need is butter and salt — no cream required. 

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Whipped Root Vegetables

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes

Comforting, traditional and easy to make, this 20-minute creamed corn fits all the criteria for a successful, crowd-pleasing side. You may want to make a double (or even a triple) batch if you’re hosting a large group for Thanksgiving — this dish goes quickly!

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Creamed Corn

For a simple variation, stir sweet, caramelized onions into creamy mashed potatoes just before serving.

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Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes

This recipe takes creamy potato gratin to a new level. By pairing it with spaghetti squash, you’re adding amazing texture and great flavor to this traditional dish — plus finding yet another reason to buy spaghetti squash!

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Spaghetti Squash and Potato Gratin

Roasting the squash with brown sugar and butter in the oven creates a toasted, caramelized flavor.

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Caramelized Butternut Squash

Use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach for an easier-to-assemble gratin that will even have the kids eating their vegetables.

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Spinach Gratin

The combination of brown sugar, butter and fall spices is sure to make this recipe a mainstay year after year.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

For a beautiful jewel-toned side to add to the Thanksgiving table, Ina dresses tender roasted beets in a sweet-tangy dressing made of raspberry vinegar and orange juice.

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Roasted Beets

Ina whips up a creamy bechamel sauce as the base for her indulgent gratin before adding nutty Gruyère and Parmesan. For a golden crumb topping, combine breadcrumbs and the remaining Gruyère and drizzle with melted butter.

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Cauliflower Gratin

Ellie makes a lighter vegetarian version of green bean casserole by using low-fat milk for creaminess and plenty of thyme and parsley for earthy flavor.

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Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots

Make meal preparation a breeze by roasting the bananas and sweet potatoes ahead of time. On Thanksgiving day, whip the ingredients together with butter and honey, top with Tyler’s brown sugar-pecan crumble and heat it up in the oven just before serving.

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey

For a twist on classic mashed potatoes, Tyler adds fibrous parsnips to the mix.

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Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes

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Thanksgiving Rolls

With just the right amount of sweetness and spice, these sweet potatoes are cooked on the stovetop until they are tender, freeing up valuable oven space at your holiday meal.

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Classic Candied Yams

Ina cuts carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and butternut squash into cubes and drizzles them with olive oil before baking.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

The classic green bean casserole may be browned in the oven in the final moments, but not Alex’s. She cooks her version entirely on the stovetop and finishes it with a topping of crunchy onions.

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Stovetop Green Bean Casserole

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Jellied Cranberry-Cherry Sauce

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Mashed Potatoes with Fried Sage

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Spiced Root Vegetables with Pumpkin Seeds

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Sweet Potato Gratin

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Orange Scented Green Beans

Make this earthy, grown-up mac and cheese the star of your Thanksgiving spread.

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Mini Mac and ‘Shrooms

Damaris Phillips’ eye-pleasing carrot dish gets its warm, sweet notes from honey and its bright flavor from fresh chopped parsley. For spice, she uses togarashi, chile pepper spice blend available in specialty markets and some supermarkets — although cayenne works just as well.

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Glazed Carrots