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10 FabulousThanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

What are the most popular side dishes to serve at Thanksgiving? Here are 10 fabulous Thanksgiving side dish recipes to include in your holiday meal and celebration.

We are now about four weeks away from Thanksgiving. Menu planning should begin.

Do you wonder how many side dishes you should have? Or what are the most traditional side dish recipes you should consider? What can be made ahead?

These questions are at the top of every Thanksgiving hostess’ mind.

Will you be hosting this year? I’m here to help you.

As I mentioned last week, this year all our family will be coming for Thanksgiving. That’s 12 mouths to feed and please.

The largest meal of the year requires a lot of early preparation. That’s to keep the hostess from going crazy.

I know what I traditionally like to serve and what my family considers “must-have” dishes. But sometimes, I still like to shake things up a bit.

I have hundreds of cookbooks and thousands of recipes in my files to choose from.

Sometimes, it’s easier to scroll through Pinterest for some new twists on Thanksgiving side dish recipes. I found ten that I know will appeal to different tastes, abilities, and age groups.

Welcome to 10 Fabulous Finds at Bluesky Browsing #61.

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  • the latest trends in home decor
  • a quirky new find or two

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  1. It started raining yesterday morning. We need rain so badly that I didn’t mind. It was a good day to stay inside and catch up.
  2. Sweet Shark and I had a wonderful time in Santa Fe from Monday to Thursday. After a two-hour delay departing from Dallas, we arrived in Santa Fe mid-afternoon to snow flurries! First snow of the year. Although the temps were definitely on the chilly side, the skies were crystal blue. Our MO is to walk, shop, stop for a glass of wine and a bite to eat, and just follow our nose. We had three wonderful dinners at Coyote Cafe, Radish & Rye (for our 25th anniversary dinner), and Santa Cafe. We found a beautiful ceramic cross at a lovely shop and bought two new throws for the guest room update I’m planning.
  3. Our older daughter and son-in-law surprised us as we sat down to our table at Radish & Rye. The waiter brought a champagne bucket with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. What a nice treat! What nice children!
  4. Our stay at Eldorado was lovely. Highly recommend it. The staff treated us to a bottle of New Mexico Sparkling Gruet and a box of chocolates. We made rest stops (wink,wink) at The Inn at Loretto, The Inn at Anasazi, and La Fonda.
  5. I did do a little work on the trip: posting on Social Media, checking and sending out a few emails. I tried to keep it to a minimum
  6. This week the blog was about holiday recipes and a new DIY project: Yummy Cranberry and Ricotta Crostini Appeitzer, How to Make a Grateful Thanksgiving Sign, and How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes for the Holidays (You definitely need to read this one.).
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Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for the Holiday: 10 Fabulous Finds

Here we go with Bluesky Browsing #61.

These Thanksgiving side dish recipe ideas are gathered from my search on Pinterest. You can see more holiday ideas on these Pinterest Boards:

I love the flavors of fall. Some ingredients just lend themselves to a Thanksgiving meal.

What are the most traditional Thanksgiving side dishes?

According to Google, mashed potatoes are the most popular Thanksgiving side dish. I just shared my recipe for the Perfect Mashed Potatoes. I also shared all the tips and techniques you will need to produce the best mashed potatoes.

What are other side dishes for Thanksgiving?

  • dressing – or you may call it stuffing
  • cranberry sauce
  • butternut squash
  • pumpkin
  • sweet potatoes
  • green bean casserole
  • Brussels sprouts
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • carrots
  • any casserole

All these ingredients are options to complete your Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Enjoy them all.

Just FYI: I’m picky about my dishes so know that I scrolled and scrolled to find these 10 Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Thanksgiving is such a heavy meal that I tend not to make casseroles, but I know my family loves them.

I looked for fairly easy-to-prepare recipes. I also looked for lighter versions of traditional dishes. I picked one cranberry sauce recipe, three vegetable dishes (Brussels sprouts, green beans, and broccoli), one corn, one squash, and one carrot, and two potato dishes.

You may notice that there is not a recipe for dressing (that’s what we call it in the South); you may call if stuffing. There are just too many versions – even within one family. I’ve been using my mom’s version (She didn’t have a recipe and neither do I.) since I was old enough to host my own Thanksgiving meal.

What Thanksgiving course do you thing will be next week?

Let’s start with an interesting way to make Cranberry Sauce.

cranberry sauce Thanksgiving side dish recipe

A Different Preparation for Cranberry Sauce

Barbara of Butter and Baggage shares a new way to make homemade cranberry sauce. I love that this approach uses the oven to cook the cranberries. That frees up the stovetop. I love the addition of walnuts (which are good for you) for crunch.

roasted Brussels sprouts Thanksgiving side dish recipe

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I always serve Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving. This version from EatWell101 presents one of the prettiest and most delicious versions I’ve seen in a long time. I will be using this rendition this Thanksgiving. The flavors of garlic and the browned parmesan cheese make my mouth water.

green bean casserole Thanksgiving side dish recipe

Traditional Thanksgiving Green Beans

Green Bean Casserole is such a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. I’m a big believer in using fresh vegetables. That’s why I love this version from Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. This recipe is a bit lighter than the usual casserole, which I really like.

roasted broccoli Thanksgiving side dish recipes

Best Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic

Erren of Erren’s Kitchen says that this is the best broccoli recipe. This method is almost exactly how I make my roasted broccoli. It always tastes delicious. If you read the ingredient list, you’ll see why it’s so good.

perfect mashed potatoes in bowl

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

This is my recipe and I vouch for it. Making light, smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes is really about using the right type of potato and following the correct cooking procedure. Follow all the tips and techniques for the best mashed potatoes.

potato casserole Thanksgiving side dish recipe

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

If you absolutely must have a potato casserole on your Thanksgiving menu, then this Thanksgiving side dish from Tania of Cooktoria sounds like a really great option. I love the addition of fresh herbs and how pretty this dish is. And, of course, it can be made ahead.

sweet potato Thanksgiving side dish recipe


Sweet potatoes and pecans are iconic Thanksgiving ingredients. I like this lighter version. Brown sugar is far less filling than the traditional gooey marshmallow topping. Try this Thanksgiving side dish take on sweet potatoes from MinShien of Joyous Apron.

roasted butternut squash Thanksgiving side dish recipe

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Did you know that butternut squash is good for you? Here’s another simple Thanksgiving side dish. With only 5-ingredients, this butternut squash recipe is one you can assemble in a short time. Amy of Chew Out Loud used cinnamon for lots of fall flavor.

roasted corn Thanksgiving side dish recipe

Nantucket Corn Pudding

Disclosure: Although I love corn (it’s one of the few frozen vegetables that I like.), I’ve never included it on my Thanksgiving menu. This Thanksgiving side dish sounded so good that I had to include it. It is a simple recipe, but one that I think would be a hit. It comes from Martha and Jack of A Family Feast.

roasted carrots Thanksgiving side dish

Easy Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Carrots

This carrot side dish will free up your oven and stovetop since these delicious Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are made in your slow cooker. This perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish from Dolly of Dash for Dinner is vegetarian, gluten-free, and perfect for the whole family. I thought kids especially would like this dish.

Visit my Pinterest Boards ~ Thanksgiving Recipes and Holiday Side Dishes and follow for more ideas.

Let me know what you think of these Thanksgiving side dishes? Which ones were your favorites? I hope you PIN this post, will visit each selection, PIN each one.

What do you think of this new roundup format? From a creator’s standpoint, I love it. Here you find out more about Tasty Roundups.

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.

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Thanksgiving side dish recipes

In between writing posts, listening to podcasts, reading, doing various blogging tasks, and walking Nola, I’ll be browsing away.

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  1. Thanks, Carol, for posting these fabulous recipes! I know that you spent a lot of time picking these out for us! I can hardly wait to try some of these and then make them for Christmas. Our Thanksgiving is over!

    Glad that you had a wonderful time away. How nice of your daughter and son-in-law to surprise you with a bottle of champagne!

    Enjoy your weekend!