31 of the Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving may be “Turkey Day” but what makes each table unique is all in the sides. To go classic to please everyone or modern to shake things up? Simple and quick or elaborate and time consuming? What about if you have vegan, gluten-free, or lactose intolerant guests? Never fear, we’ve got you covered with this spread of 31 Thanksgiving sides ready to rock out the meal and outshine the turkey. Because really, we know turkey day isn’t all about the turkey.


2013 NoshOn.It Guide to Thanksgiving


The Classics

Thanksgiving Side Dishes - The Classics

1. Green Bean Casserole: From scratch – no canned soup here! (Recipe and photo: The Talking Kitchen)

2. Cornbread Dressing with Fresh Herbs: Simple, yet timeless. (Recipe and photo: The Galley Gourmet)

3. Perfect Mashed Potatoes: Tried and true, straight from the NoshOn.It test kitchen! (Recipe and photo as from NoshOn.It)

4. Rosemary Roasted Carrots: Keeping it healthy and colorful. (Recipe and photo: Oh My Veggies)



Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Bread-Y Recipes

1. Honey Dinner Rolls: Feel free to have one. Or ten. (Recipe and photo: Averie Cooks)

2. Beer Cheese Corn Spoon Bread: Beer + cheese – need we say more? (Recipe and photo: The Beeroness)

3. Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread with Cinnamon Maple Butter: A sweet Southern staple. (Recipe and photo: Host the Toast)

4. Sourdough Stuffing with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes: Who says you can’t incorporate West Coast flavors into a colonial-style meal? (Recipe and photo: Fake Food Free)

5. Spinach Spoon Bread: Rich, moist, and dairy-free. (Recipe and photo: Five and Spice)



Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Veggie Recipes

1. Red Wine Braised Chestnuts and Pearl Onions: Everything is improved when you add wine to the mix. (Recipe and photo: Cooking on the Weekends)

2. Shredded Brussel Sprouts with Chorizo and Paprika: This is why we can eat brussel sprouts. (Recipe and photo: Heather Christo)

3. Cauliflower Flan: Savory “flan” with a healthy dosing of cheese. (Recipe and photo: Taste of Beirut)

4. Braised Red Cabbage: A shock of color. (Recipe and photo:  What Would Cathy Eat?)

5. Sweet and Sour Pumpkin: Pumpkin goes decidedly savory. (Recipe and photo: Blogging Over Thyme)

6. Maple Roasted Endive: Save room on your plate – you’ll need it! (Recipe and photo: Inspired Taste)


Root Vegetables

Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Root Vegetable Recipes

1. Sweet Potato Stuffed Oranges: Pre-portioned with a zing of orange. (Recipe and photo: The Little Ferraro Kitchen)

2. Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes: All natural, eye-popping color (Recipe and photo:  Spoon Fork Bacon)

3. Hasselback Potatoes with Prosciutto and Sage: Plain roasted potatoes go fancy. (Recipe and photo: Handle the Heat)

4. Root Vegetable Latkes and Cranberries with Red Wine: Thanksgivukkah only comes around once every 70,000 years, you know! (Recipe and photo: Its Not Easy Eating Green)

5. Parmesan Scalloped Potato Stacks: For when your muffin tin is the last pan standing. (Recipe and photo: In Sock Monkey Slippers)


Gourds & Squash

Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Squash and Gourd Recipes

1. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Herbs: Gluten-free and vegan. (Recipe and photo: A Couple Cooks)

2. Pear Squash Puree with Pecans and Rosemary: Healthy and raw. (Recipe and photo: Rawmazing)

3. Butternut Potato Puffs: Fancy lookin’, easy cookin’. (Recipe and photo: BitterSweet)

4. Roasted Squash Blossom: (Almost) too pretty to eat! (Recipe and photo: My Man’s Belly)

5. Grilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup: Simple and quicker than roasting. (Recipe and photo:  Panini Happy)



Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Condiment Recipes

1. Apple Cider Turkey Gravy: Apple cider (like wine) makes everything even better. (Recipe and photo: A Spicy Perspective)

2. Spiced Cranberry Sauce: Ready in 15 minutes flat! (Recipe and photo: The Corner Kitchen featured on NoshOn.It)

3. Pumpkin Pickles: Unlike regular pickles, there’s no waiting period necessary. (Recipe and photo: My Edible Journey)



Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Kitchen Sink Recipes

1. Double Pumpkin Cornbread Stuffing with Figs, Apple, Chorizo, and Almonds: Don’t count the ingredients, just enjoy. (Recipe and photo: Cara’s Cravings)

2. Farro and Spiced Honey Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Chestnuts: A sweet salad to offset your carby meal. (Recipe and photo: A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)

3. Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin with Braised Brussel Sprouts and Bacon: A splash of balsamic vinegar and bacon = happiness. (Recipe and photo: Dixie Chik Cooks)

Still in need of more ideas to fill your Thanksgiving table? We’ve got entire posts dedicated to stuffing, macaroni & cheese, winter salad and Thanksgivukkah recipes!