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Whether you're looking for new ways to make your favorite holiday recipes, fresh ideas for what to serve to wow your guests, or easy side dishes to save yourself time in the kitchen, start with this collection of the best Side Dishes for Thanksgiving!
- Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Impress
- Thanksgiving Sides FAQs
- Potato Thanksgiving Recipes
- Riced Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Chorizo Stuffing
- Au Gratin Potatoes
- Pave Potatoes
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Roasted Small Potatoes
- Duchess Potatoes
- Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
- Chorizo Stuffing
- Instant Pot Sage Stuffing
- Mushroom Stuffing Recipe
- Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes
- Veggies Au Gratin
- Glazed Maple Carrots
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Thanksgiving Salads
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Broccoli Salad with Apples
- Burrata Salad
- Thanksgiving Casseroles
- Fresh Green Bean Casserole
- Creamed Corn Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
- More Thanksgiving Sides
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Orzo Pasta
- Air Fryer Biscuits
- Side Dish Recipes
- How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole
Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Impress
Between you and me, I look forward to Thanksgiving side dishes even more than the main course. There is nothing better than a plate loaded to the brim with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and holiday casseroles!
Every year, my family loves to try something new - so I'm always keeping up with the latest holiday food trends and popular Thanksgiving side dishes. Of course, our favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes always have a spot at the table, too.
My collection of the best Thanksgiving Side Dishes combines both classic side dish recipes for the holidays and new, fun takes on what to serve with turkey or ham. I guarantee you will find a new favorite on this list, even if it's just a new way to prepare mashed potatoes!
Let me know your favorite Thanksgiving sides in the comments below - I would love to be inspired by the recipes you make your family for the holidays!
Thanksgiving Sides FAQs
For a gathering of 4-8 people, serve at least 3 sides at Thanksgiving to give your guests a full meal. For a larger group, it's better to have more options to choose from, especially to account for dietary needs or picky eaters. As for the amount served of each side dish, consider how many leftovers you plan on having.
For a classic Thanksgiving menu, serve a variety of sides with turkey and/or ham, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes or au gratin potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, creamed corn casserole, rolls, and gravy.
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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes
Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes
More Thanksgiving Sides
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How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole
- 9 by 9-inch baking dish
- Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
- Wooden spoon
- 4-5 large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 stick butter melted
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ stick butter melted
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork several times, then add to a baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes until tender, then remove from oven and allow to cool.Once cooled and able to be handled, peel sweet potatoes and add to a large mixing bowl. Whip with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth and fluffy to create 4 cups whipped sweet potatoes.For coarser sweet potatoes, or to mix without an electric mixer, use a potato masher or fork.4-5 large sweet potatoes
- To the mixing bowl, add sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, evaporated milk, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, then mix to combine.1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 stick butter, ½ cup evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Spread the seasoned sweet potato mixture evenly in a 9 by 9-inch baking dish.
- Finally, add butter, brown sugar, flour, and chopped pecans to a separate bowl. Mix well, then spread evenly over top of the potatoes. Bake 30-35 minutes until heated through and browned on top. Serve and enjoy!½ stick butter, ¾ cup brown sugar, ⅓ cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup pecans
- You can make sweet potato casserole with pecans topping ahead of time by baking and mixing the sweet potato mixture, then storing it in a plastic-wrapped casserole dish for up to 3 days. Prepare the pecan topping on the day of baking, then bake as instructed.
- Freeze sweet potato casserole for up to 3 months by preparing the potatoes as instructed, then storing in a freezer-safe casserole dish, tightly wrapped with plastic and foil. Label with the freezing date and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then prepare the pecan topping and bake as instructed.