August 7, 2020

The holiday season is just round the corner and I understand the struggle that many people have in deciding the menu. 

I have been there, so I do know how you can easily take on this challenge and be successful in the end. With friends and family over, you want to impress everyone with your culinary skills. 

Given that, I have put together a list of some great recipes for Thanksgiving. I have been following these Thanksgiving side dish ideas for a while now and my dinner table looks fabulous on the day. 

So, get ready to experience flavor like never before!

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Green Bean Casserole

Casseroles, in any shape or form, are the perfect sideline for your thanksgiving dinner.  I know it takes some time to look for fresh ingredients but the flavor they bring is really worth all the trouble.

 It has a modern twist to it and with the fresh ingredients, it is definitely a side dish that everyone will love. 

Our green bean recipe

Steamed Green Beans

Steamed fresh green beans is a fantastic side dish for any meal and they make a fantastic Thanksgiving side dish staple. 

Buy a pound or two of fresh green beans, lemons and some fresh garlic and you are all set. 

Check out our recipe here.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Sometimes the most simple dish is the biggest delight. People get really excited when the see sauteed mushrooms as a side dish option. 

The best part is that they are super fast and easy to cook. 

Check out the recipe here.


Now hear me out on this. Bacon is a staple food in our house. It goes into many of our dishes but we also serve it on the side. 

It is a tradition at all of our holiday gatherings that we serve bacon. Generally, we cook it up and serve it on a plate. You can grab a piece of it or not. It is up to you. 

Check out our crispy bacon recipe.

Cranberry Sauce

A bit of citrus zest is necessary to bring all the dishes together. Use this recipe to bring out the flavor and add something savory to your dinner table. 

Yes, you can buy cranberry sauce in the can and there is even a certain amount of tradition related to that but the homemade sauce is so much better. 

You only need a few ingredients:

  • Frozen cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Water

Turkey Dipping Sauce

With only 7 ingredients and a cooking time of 5 minutes, you have to admit that this dipping sauce is the best. It is a Boby Flay recipe after all.

If you want to add something new to the table that provides a burst of flavor, the turkey dipping sauce is your best bet. It is different. 

The flavor is sweet and tangy. Give it a go.


  • Whole grain dijon mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper

Mashed Potatoes

All of my Thanksgiving side dish ideas include mashed potatoes because who can say no to them! 

I always say that the real taste of the thanksgiving turkey really comes out when paired with mashed potatoes. 

They need to be creamy and fluffy. By the way, we recommend that you use Yukon gold or russet potatoes to create the best version of mashed potatoes. 

Check out our recipe.

Garlic Cauliflower Mash

If you want to try something a bit different then instead of making mashed potatoes try this mock-mashed potatoes recipe. 

We have some family members that shy away from carbs and so we have taken to serving this alongside traditional mashed potatoes. 

Check out our recipe with full detailed instructions.

Brussels Sprouts

This is definitely a vegetable that most people avoid all year round, but when it comes to Thanksgiving side dish ideas people cannot have enough of it. 

My family too likes them and has a long list of recipes that include brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts gratin is a cheesy affair that my friends especially request. 

So, if you have people who like cheesy side lines, this will be a crowd favorite. 

The buttery sauce of Brussels sprouts supreme makes them melt in your mouth, so even the people who don’t like the vegetable will dig right in. 

Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta has an earthy flavor and the hint of sweetness makes them a delicious side dish that everyone will love.

Oven Roasted Radishes

When serving Thanksgiving side dishes, I like the table of choices to be visually appealing as well as tasty. Oven roasted radishes are beautiful and they are tasty.

They are a root vegetable that just doesn’t get enough respect as a side dish. Surprise your family with this easy to cook dish this year.

Check out our recipe here.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Another casserole that you may like is the sweet potato casserole. It puts a twist on the traditional dish. This is my favorite Thanksgiving dish. 

I generally start with this and mashed potatoes on the plate. Then if I am not full, I go back for the turkey.

This will surely become a favorite at your dinner table, and you can make it even more tantalizing with a crunchy pecan topping. 

Check out this recipe.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is super easy to make. These mashed sweet potatoes are super creamy. We even recommend trying whipped cream cheese as a topping. This will be a showstopper recipe on your table.

Of course, you can leave off that whipped cream cheese if you want to but why on earth?


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Half and half
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground all-spice
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Check out our full recipe.

Cornbread Stuffing

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without stuffing. When I was growing up stuffing was a bit boring but these days people are getting more creative.

Our stuffing dish includes corn muffin mix and biscuits. It is a bit unique and it is not boring. Now, I will warn you in advance that this recipe takes a bit of time and planning. 

You will want to cook the cornbread and the biscuits in advance. Then you will eventually cook this dish in the slow cooker. Trust me, it is worth it.

Check out the full recipe here.

The Bottom Line

Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate with your family and friends, so I always make sure that the food I cook caters to everyone’s taste. 

It has taken me years to compile this list of Thanksgiving side dish ideas but now I can proudly say that it was all worth it. 

These are some fantastic recipes. You have to give them a try once to see how well they work. And once you learn how to, you will relish the ease and convenience it brings to your life, especially when you have your hands full with other stuff during the holiday. 

So, give them a try and thank me later! 

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

13 Thanksgiving side dish ideas that everyone would love.


  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Turkey Dipping Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlic Cauliflower Mash
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Oven Roasted Radishes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Cornbread Stuffing


  • Choose a few side dish recipes to try.
  • Tell us your favorites below.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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