101 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Transform Your Holiday

From sweet potatoes to stuffing recipes, these are the best Thanksgiving sides.

Thanksgiving Day 2022 will be here before you know it. It will be a day to gather with family, cook up a delicious turkey (or ham), and enjoy some great Thanksgiving side dishes, appetizers and desserts. To help you make the most of your holiday time, we've rounded up the 101 best Thanksgiving dinner side dish recipes and have broken these sides down by type to make it easy for you. You'll find easy dinner recipes for vegetables, gravy, stuffing, cranberry, mac & cheese, and more. Have a happy, safe and delicious Thanksgiving with our favorite side dish recipes.

Related: 65+ Classic Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Thanksgiving Side Dishes

BREAD SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

No roundup of Thanksgiving sides would be complete without bread. Whether it's rolls, cornbread or biscuits, bread is an important part of any Thanksgiving tradition. Here are some of the best bread recipes, ideal for a great Thanksgiving dinner or for enjoying with leftover turkey the next day.

Easy Dinner Rolls

<p>Rosemary Black</p>

Rosemary Black

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be hard. Just three ingredients are all you need for these super-simple, no-knead rolls that are easy enough for bread-making beginners.

Get this recipe: Easy Dinner Rolls

The Simplest Cornbread Ever

<p>iStock</p>

iStock

Again, easy is the name of the game during the holidays. This recipe is perfect for a side or cornbread stuffing—it's simple and not too sweet.

Get this recipe: The Simplest Cornbread Ever

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

<p>Chad A Elick</p>

Chad A Elick

Texas Roadhouse bread rolls are one of the most sought out copycat recipes. Well my friends, search no more. Our recipe is here and just in time for Thanksgiving!

Get this recipe: Copycat Texas Roadhouse Bread Rolls

Related: Side Dishes and Desserts That Have To Be On Your Thanksgiving Table

Pumpkin Cornbread

<p>Celebrating Sweets</p>

Celebrating Sweets

Moist and tender Pumpkin Cornbread with a slight sweetness and subtle pumpkin flavor. A delicious seasonal twist on cornbread that can also be made gluten-free.

Get this recipe: Pumpkin Cornbread

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

<p>Cake Whiz</p>

Cake Whiz

Quick and easy buttermilk biscuits recipe made from scratch and ready in 30 minutes. These homemade biscuits are light and fluffy, and soft and flaky!

Get this recipe: Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit

Easy Low-Carb & Keto Rolls

<p>Low Carb Maven</p>

Low Carb Maven

Serve these easy and delicious low-carb dinner rolls which are gluten-free and so like bread you won’t believe it!

Get this recipe: Easy Low-Carb Rolls (Keto)

Southern Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon Skillet Cornbread

<p>Call Me PMc</p>

Call Me PMc

Southern Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Skillet Cornbread is full of smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and cheese.

Get this recipe: Southern Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Skillet Cornbread

Sweet Potato Sour Cream Cornbread

<p>Call Me PMc</p>

Call Me PMc

The sweet potatoes add just enough unique flavor with pumpkin pie spice bringing a little kick to make this cornbread outstanding.

Get this recipe: Sweet Potato Sour Cream Cornbread

CORN SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

We've gathered the perfect corn side dishes for Thanksgiving. Enjoy these delicious recipes for creamed corn, slow cooker sweet corn, corn casseroles and more.

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

<p>Krista Marshall</p>

Krista Marshall

This creamed corn recipe has deep, rich flavor and is thick, not watery, like the canned version tends to be. Plus, it's prepared in the slow cooker, freeing up valuable stovetop space—and valuable time. This would be perfect with your holiday turkey, or if the Thanksgiving menu is taken care of, it would be equally delicious with a Christmas ham, beef entree or vegetarian buffet.

Get this recipe: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Jamie Deen's Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn

<p>John Kernick</p>

John Kernick

"Canned creamed corn. Is. Not. Good. But for some reason, it’s something people don’t think to make at home. It’s one of my favorite things that my mom makes and one of the most popular dishes we have at the restaurant. This side is traditionally hearty, usually calling for a cup of heavy cream. But here we lighten it up a bit by using a half cup of cream and a half cup of chicken stock, keeping the smoky, sweet and creamy taste, but cutting out a few of the calories." —Jamie Deen

Get this recipe: Jamie Deen's Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn

Related: Thanksgiving Side Dishes You'll Be Thankful For

Slow Cooker Sweet Corn

<p>Noble Pig</p>

Noble Pig

Serve this decadent Slow Cooker Sweet Corn this holiday season. And if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it tastes just as amazing the next day.

Get this recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet Corn

Related: 19 Family Favorite Holiday Side Dishes

Cream Corn Bisquick Casserole

<p>Call Me PMc</p>

Call Me PMc

This easy casserole recipe is easy and versatile.

Get this recipe: Cream Corn Bisquick Casserole

CRANBERRY SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

Cranberry is always a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish for both kids and adults. Here are some of the best cranberry recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

Whole Orange Ginger Cranberries

<p>iStock</p>

iStock

I could live on these berries! A bonus is that they keep in the refrigerator for up to two months (longer, when frozen). Toward the end of cooking, skim and discard the foam that rises to the top.

Get this recipe: Whole Orange Ginger Cranberries

Cranberry Sauce

<p>Photo by: Andrew McCaul</p>

Photo by: Andrew McCaul

Cooking cranberry sauce from scratch is easier than you think, says Sam Sifton, author of Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Fluff Cranberry Salad

<p>Flavor Mosaic</p>

Flavor Mosaic

This pretty Cranberry Fluff Cranberry Salad, made with fresh cranberries, makes a sweet and delicious cranberry salad, side dish, or dessert for a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday dinner.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Fluff Cranberry Salad

Merlot Cranberry Sauce

<p>Photo: Getty Images</p>

Photo: Getty Images

I like to offer to make cranberry sauce, since this is the easiest task there is. Plus, you can make it days in advance, and just de-fridge it on the day and dump it into a scenic bowl.

Get this recipe: Merlot Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Salad

<p>Miss In The Kitchen</p>

Miss In The Kitchen

A must for all your holiday meals.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Salad

Ginger Cranberry Sauce

<p>Photo by: Yunhee Kim</p>

Photo by: Yunhee Kim

Cranberries add sparkle to any Thanksgiving feast.

Get this recipe: Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Orange Relish

<p>Photo by: Ryan Benyi</p>

Photo by: Ryan Benyi

Use this citrusy relish to enliven any dish this Thanksgiving.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Port Ring

<p>All Roads Lead to the Kitchen</p>

All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Please the jellied cranberry sauce lovers at your Thanksgiving table with this homemade version that incorporates Port, cinnamon and ginger.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Port Ring

GRAVY FOR THANKSGIVING

No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes and turkey.

How to Make Turkey Gravy

Perfect Turkey Gravy

<p>Ashley Wagner</p>

Ashley Wagner

Are you more of a traditionalist when it comes to turkey gravy? Follow this recipe for Perfect Turkey Gravy from Center Cut Cook for turkey gravy perfection.

Get this recipe: Perfect Turkey Gravy

5-Minute Homemade Brown Gravy

<p>Chad A Elick</p>

Chad A Elick

Homemade gravy is one of the best shortcuts in the kitchen and this 5-Minute homemade brown gravy recipe will be a meal saver. All you need is this simple recipe, no packet is required. If you are looking for a super simple gravy recipe this is the one for you!

Get this recipe: 5-Minute Homemade Brown Gravy

GREEN BEAN SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

We've gathered up the best green bean side dishes to appeal to any green bean lover. Enjoy these recipes that feature garlic, creamy casseroles, honey mustard and more.

Best-Ever Green Bean Casserole

<p>AltonBrown.com</p>

AltonBrown.com

Never boil your beans in anything less than 1 gallon of water and liberally season with 2 tablespoons of salt. Boiling in lots of water does two things. First, it'll bounce back to a boil quickly, which will shorten the overall cooking time. And, it'll help to prevent the beans from turning brown.

Get this recipe: Best-Ever Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean and Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus Dressing

<p>Peas & Crayons</p>

Peas & Crayons

This Green Bean and Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus Dressing is totally crave-worthy and can easily be made in advance for a tasty holiday side dish that’s sure to impress!

Get this recipe: Green Bean and Quinoa Salad with Maple Citrus

Related: Spectacular Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Garlic Green Beans

<p>The Life Jolie</p>

The Life Jolie

These garlic green beans are super easy to make with a few simple ingredients like fresh green beans, garlic, butter and fresh parsley.

Get this recipe: Garlic Green Beans

Panko Parmesan Topped Green Bean Casserole

<p>Lisa's Dinnertime Dish</p>

Lisa's Dinnertime Dish

An updated version of a favorite side dish! No cream soups in this one!

Get this recipe: Panko Parmesan Topped Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs

<p>Iowa Girl Eats</p>

Iowa Girl Eats

This flavorful holiday side is ready in 20 minutes.

Get this recipe: Green Beans With Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs

Related: 6 Crowd-Pleasing Green Bean Recipes for Thanksgiving

Honey Mustard Green Beans

<p>The Mom 100</p>

The Mom 100

Honey, mustard and vinegar lend high notes to green beans. You can serve these warm or at room temperature, and this all comes together in less than 10 minutes!

Get this recipe: Honey Mustard Green Beans

Green Bean Salad with Clementine Oranges and Feta

<p>The Mom 100</p>

The Mom 100

This green bean salad is easy, it’s colorful, and it has an intriguing mix of tastes and textures. The beans can be cooked and tossed with the dressing up to two days ahead of time. Add the oranges and the feta just before serving.

Get this recipe: Green Bean Salad with Clementine Oranges and Feta

Low-Carb Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

<p>Wholesome Yum</p>

Wholesome Yum

This easy green bean casserole is a delicious holiday staple that can be made ahead of time!

Get this recipe: Low-Carb Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans with Chervil Vinaigrette

<p>The Mom 100</p>

The Mom 100

The flavor of the herb chervil is like a milder cross-pollination of tarragon (a tiny bit licoricey/anisey) and parsley (just fresh and clean). Nice as a counterpoint to heavier holiday foods.

Get this recipe: Green Beans with Chervil Vinaigrette

Green Bean Rice Pilaf

<p>The PKP Way</p>

The PKP Way

Taking its cue from the traditional green bean casserole, this Green Bean Rice Pilaf is the lightened-up version and adds a festive touch to any Friendsgiving table.

Get this recipe: Green Bean Rice Pilaf

Related: 45 Recipes for the Most Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner

MAC & CHEESE SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

Mac & cheese is always a favorite side dish for adults and kids alike. These recipes feature unique twists on the classic side, including yummy Double Cheddar, Gouda Bacon, and Butternut Squash.

One-Skillet 20-Minute Mac and Cheese With Broccoli

<p>Chad A Elick</p>

Chad A Elick

This cheese lover's Mac and Cheese with Broccoli is cooked in butter and milk, then it's loaded with oodles of cheddar and broccoli. You could even add leftover chicken if you are looking for a meaty dish.

Get this recipe: One-Skillet 20-Minute Mac and Cheese With Broccoli

Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

<p>Candace Floyd</p>

Candace Floyd

Start with this mac ‘n’ cheese recipe, and personalize it with your own mix-ins and toppings, such as chopped vegetables, crumbled bacon or a drizzle of hot sauce.

Get this recipe: Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Sweet & Salty Mac 'n' Cheese

<p>Mark Boughton Photography / Styling by Teresa Blackburn</p>

Mark Boughton Photography / Styling by Teresa Blackburn

To keep family favorites from being boring, blogger Jocelyn Ruggiero turns to easy twists like honey, which adds sweetness and flavor to savory dishes. See who can guess the secret ingredient in this gooey main-dish mac.

Get this recipe: Sweet & Salty Mac 'n' Cheese

Gouda Bacon Mac & Cheese

<p>Aimee Shugarman</p>

Aimee Shugarman

Take macaroni and cheese to a new level with this crispy crumb-topped Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese from Shugary Sweets.

Get this recipe: Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese

Copycat Cracker Barrel Restaurant Mac & Cheese

<p>Krista Marshall</p>

Krista Marshall

This Copycat Cracker Barrel Restaurant Mac and Cheese recipe is buttery and creamy.

Get this recipe: Copycat Cracker Barrel Restaurant Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

<p>Call Me PMc</p>

Call Me PMc

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese is a creamy, cheesy explosion! You need to make this immediately, especially for Thanksgiving.

Get this recipe: Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

POTATO SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

Potatoes may be the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner side dish. They pair perfectly with turkey and a host of other side dishes. These potato side dishes include casseroles, traditional mashed potatoes and numerous variations of sweet potatoes.

Silky Mashed Potatoes

<p>Photo: Stockfood</p>

Photo: Stockfood

"Many people overmix potatoes trying to arrive at the right consistency, when what's needed is more liquid," says Sam Sifton, author of Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well.

Get this recipe: Silky Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum and Chipotle-Pecan Butter

<p>Anthony Lamas</p>

Anthony Lamas

This sweet potato casserole from Chef Anthony Lamas, owner of Seviche in Louisville, Kentucky, and author of Southern Heat: New Southern Cooking Latin Style, marries the flavors of his native Southern California (chipotle) and his adopted Southern home (sorghum and pecans).

Get this recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum and Chipotle-Pecan Butter

Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower

Mashed potatoes are always a popular dish at the dinner table. Mixing in cauliflower helps to create a smooth consistency that's nutritious and delicious.

Get this recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower

Basic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

You don't need to do much to sweet potatoes, other than getting them cooked. They step up to the plate all on their own, with their reliably sweet, happy flavor. This dish reheats really well, so you can make it ahead of time. You could easily double the quantity for a holiday meal.

Get this recipe: Basic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole

<p>Melanie Makes</p>

Melanie Makes

This Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole is a holiday side dish must! Sweet potatoes take a swim with half and half, vanilla and brown sugar before being mashed together. Then they're topped with marshmallows and pecan streusel before being baked to perfection.

Get this recipe: Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole

Amazing Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

<p>Back for Seconds</p>

Back for Seconds

These Amazing Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes make a wonderful holiday side dish that everyone will love, yet they're easy enough for any night of the week

Get this recipe: Amazing Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Related: 20 No-Fuss Holiday Sides to Be Thankful For

Southern-Style Sweet Potato Souffle

<p>Melissa Sperka</p>

Melissa Sperka

This pecan-streusel-topped Southern-Style Sweet Potato Souffle is from our Parade Kitchen. It's a beloved dish and our Thanksgiving table wouldn't be complete without it.

Get this recipe: Southern-Style Sweet Potato Souffle

Make-Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole

<p>Farm Fresh Feasts</p>

Farm Fresh Feasts

Made with cream cheese, roasted garlic and sour cream, this tasty side dish is a cinch to reheat in the oven or the slow cooker. Great for holiday potlucks!

Get this recipe: Make-Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole

Brown Butter Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

<p>Willow Bird Baking</p>

Willow Bird Baking

These mashed potatoes are flavored with nutty, indulgent brown butter, rosemary and salty Parmesan.

Get this recipe: Brown Butter Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Melting Sweet Potatoes

<p>Dessert for Two</p>

Dessert for Two

Melting potatoes, sweet potato version! The BEST oven-roasted sweet potato recipe. Like, ever.

Get this recipe: Melting Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows & Streusel

<p>Celebrating Sweets</p>

Celebrating Sweets

Mashed sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows and a brown sugar cinnamon pecan streusel. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any holiday celebration

Get this recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows & Streusel

Related: 70+ Best Casserole Recipes

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Peaches

<p>Back for Seconds</p>

Back for Seconds

These Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Peaches are so flavorful and comforting. They would make the perfect holiday side dish!

Get this recipe: Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Peaches

Two Layered Potatoes

<p>Feed Your Soul Too</p>

Feed Your Soul Too

A delicious scalloped potatoes recipe!

Get this recipe: Two Layered Potatoes

Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

<p>Inside BruCrew Life</p>

Inside BruCrew Life

This Homemade Hash Brown Casserole is the perfect side to any brunch or dinner. Potatoes, cheese, and veggies make this easy dish disappear at any meal.

Get this recipe: Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

Maple Walnut Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

<p>Savory Nothings</p>

Savory Nothings

Take sweet potatoes to the next level with this recipe for twice-baked sweet potatoes with maple and walnut topping. Perfect as a Thanksgiving dinner side dish!

Get this recipe: Maple Walnut Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Related: Terrific Thanksgiving Side Dishes Your Guests Will Love

Baked Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

<p>Melissa Sperka</p>

Melissa Sperka

These are creamy and flavorful with a hint of garlic that's not overpowering.

Get this recipe: Baked Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Ultimate Buttery Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes

<p>From Cupcakes To Caviar</p>

From Cupcakes To Caviar

These mashed potatoes are rather like loaded baked potatoes, but creamy.

Get this recipe: Ultimate Buttery Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese & Bread Crumbs

<p>Moore or Less Cooking</p>

Moore or Less Cooking

Have these yummy potatoes ready when you want them! You can make this dish up to six hours ahead of time, before you want to bake it.

Get this recipe: Baked Mashed Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese & Bread Crumbs

Caramelized Onion & Bacon Mashed Potatoes

<p>Blackberry Babe</p>

Blackberry Babe

Caramelized onions and bacon add sweet and salty flavors to these creamy, dreamy bacon mashed potatoes.

Get this recipe: Caramelized Onion & Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Healthy Low-Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

<p>Wholesome Yum</p>

Wholesome Yum

This sweet potato casserole is made with secret healthy, low-carb ingredients, but still tastes just like sweet potatoes!

Get this recipe: Healthy Low-Carb Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Related: 10 Easy Thanksgiving Sides Made Low-Carb

STUFFING SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for stuffing. Enjoy these stuffing recipes that offer fun twists on the traditional recipe.

Top Chef Fabio Viviani's Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

<p>Photo courtesy of Johnsonville</p>

Photo courtesy of Johnsonville

Top Chef fan fave contestant Fabio Viviani may have been born in Florence, Italy, but his take on Thanksgiving stuffing is full of all-American flavor.

Get this recipeTop Chef Fabio Viviani's Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Italian Sausage Stuffing

<p>Photo: Johnsonville Sausage</p>

Photo: Johnsonville Sausage

Focaccia and sausage create a chunky stuffing that's moist and full of flavor. The sun-dried tomatoes and olives pack an extra punch.

Get this recipe: Italian Sausage Stuffing

Cornbread Dressing

<p>Melissa Sperka</p>

Melissa Sperka

When it comes to planning your Thanksgiving feast, it's difficult to say "turkey" without immediately following it with "dressing." That is, if you're in the South. Otherwise, you probably call it "stuffing." This cornbread dressing recipe includes cubed white bread for added texture and to balance the flavors.

Get this recipe: Cornbread Dressing

Southern Sausage and Cornbread Dressing

<p>Photo by Alison Ashton</p>

Photo by Alison Ashton

This classic Thanksgiving dinner side dish is adapted from Jill Goodacre Connick's family recipe. You can assemble and refrigerate the casserole a day ahead. Let it come to room temperature before baking it on Thanksgiving Day (pop it in the oven while the turkey rests).

Get this recipe: Southern Sausage and Cornbread Dressing

Cranberry Fennel Stuffing

<p>Sheila Lukins</p>

Sheila Lukins

This sweet and savory stuffing can be made two weeks ahead and frozen. Defrost it in the refrigerator the night before Thanksgiving.

Get this recipe: Cranberry Fennel Stuffing

Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

<p>Chad A Elick</p>

Chad A Elick

The best stuffing recipe starts with sausage, cranberry and apple. Herbs and spices are added in, but the real magic happens as the pan is deglazed with the most glorious combination of liquids and those bits are scraped up creating the most magnificent sauce to bake the stuffing in.

Get this recipe: Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

Grandma Helen's Cornbread Stuffing

<p>Photo by: Kat Keutsch for PARADE</p>

Photo by: Kat Keutsch for PARADE

This tried-and-true family recipe for Grandma Helen's stuffing tastes like home and your Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without it after the first time you make it.

Get this recipe: Grandma Helen's Cornbread Stuffing

Sausage and Pear Stuffing

<p>Julia's Simply Southern</p>

Julia's Simply Southern

We love the idea of the pear in this classic dish. Oh, and the pecans just put it over the top!

Get this recipe: Sausage and Pear Stuffing

Related: 25 Side Dishes for a Memorable Thanksgiving

Cornbread Stuffing

<p>Sheila Lukins</p>

Sheila Lukins

The best cornbread is often found at barbecue and fried-chicken restaurants. Be sure to use sage leaves, not powdered sage.

Get this recipe: Cornbread Stuffing

Apple-Sausage Stuffing

<p>Photo by: Ryan Benyi</p>

Photo by: Ryan Benyi

Adding apples and sausage to stuffing turns this traditional side dish into a standout this Thanksgiving.

Get this recipe: Apple-Sausage Stuffing

Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Stuffing

<p>The Food Hunter</p>

The Food Hunter

This stuffing comes together quickly and has a big bold taste. It pairs beautifully with a variety of meat dishes.

Get this recipe: Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Stuffing

Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

<p>Back for Seconds</p>

Back for Seconds

These gluten-free stuffing muffins are filled with sweet Italian sausage, apples, cranberries, sage and pine nuts for a fun alternative to traditional stuffing!

Get this recipe: Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

Crock Pot Stuffing Recipe

<p>Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch</p>

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Put your ingredients in the crock pot, and let it do its magic. You'll be freed up to work on other dishes!

Get this recipe: Crock Pot Stuffing Recipe

Related: 12 Thanksgiving Dressing Recipes To Stuff Yourself With

Baked Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

<p>Peas and Crayons</p>

Peas and Crayons

Sweet and savory—this stuffing version is the best of both worlds.

Get this recipe: Baked Apple-Cranberry Stuffing

Pretzel Roll Stuffing with Pine Nuts

<p>Kudos Kitchen by Renee</p>

Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Pretzel rolls are the bread in this version, and the addition of pine nuts add an unexpected crunch.

Get this recipe: Pretzel Roll Stuffing with Pine Nuts

Baked Butternut Squash Italian Sausage Stuffing

<p>Taste and See</p>

Taste and See

Tender squash, Italian sausage, tons of flavor—this is a meal in and of itself.

Get this recipe: Baked Butternut Squash Italian Sausage Stuffing

Cheddar Beer Bread and Sausage Stuffing

<p>All Day I Dream About Food</p>

All Day I Dream About Food

This yummy low-carb stuffing is made with hearty, gluten-free cheddar beer bread.

Get this recipe: Cheddar Beer Bread and Sausage Stuffing

Low-Carb Pecan Stuffing

<p>Simply So Healthy</p>

Simply So Healthy

This delicious stuffing uses pecans instead of bread. This low-carb, gluten-free and paleo stuffing is sure to become a family favorite.

Get this recipe: Low-Carb Pecan Stuffing

VARIOUS SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

These Thanksgiving side dishes include delicious recipes for yams, carrots, Brussels sprouts, peas, asparagus, peppers and more.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

<p>Mark Boughton Photography / Styling by Teresa Blackburn</p>

Mark Boughton Photography / Styling by Teresa Blackburn

Once baked, you can reheat this Brussels sprouts side in a 350°F oven, uncovered, until warm throughout and crisp on top, 10 to 15 minutes, says Jennifer Segal, blogger at Once Upon a Chef.

Get this recipe: Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Walnut Squash

<p>Photo by: Ryan Benyi</p>

Photo by: Ryan Benyi

Topped with crunchy walnuts, this creamy squash dish is a delightful alternative to whipped potatoes.

Get this recipe: Walnut Squash

Roasted Carrots & Mushrooms

<p>Krista Marshall</p>

Krista Marshall

These have amazing flavor, and look like autumn on a plate! They would be fantastic next to your Thanksgiving turkey, or even a holiday ham.

Get this recipe: Roasted Carrots & Mushrooms

Southern Candied Yams

<p>Julia's Simply Southern</p>

Julia's Simply Southern

Between the cream and the sweet glaze, you will fall in love with these!

Get this recipe: Southern Candied Yams

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Parmesan

<p>Dish by Dish</p>

Dish by Dish

Shaved Brussels sprouts sautéed in olive oil, lemon and grated parmesan, with just a little salt and pepper to enhance the ingredients' natural flavors.

Get this recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Parmesan

Related: 21 Terrific Thanksgiving Sides You Must Make

Peas With Pecorino & Mint

<p>The Food Hunter</p>

The Food Hunter

Serve alongside your preferred cut of meat for a fabulous holiday meal.

Get this recipe: Peas With Pecorino & Mint

Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus

<p>Flavor Mosaic</p>

Flavor Mosaic

Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus, with tomatoes, garlic, onions and asiago cheese, makes a healthy gourmet side dish that can be on the table in 15 minutes. Perfect for brunch, or a weeknight or holiday dinner.

Get this recipe: Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus

Creamed Pearl Onion Gratin

<p>The Kitchen Is My Playground</p>

The Kitchen Is My Playground

Tender pearl onions are baked in creamy cheesy sauce and delicately seasoned with a fresh thyme crumb topping. They're a perfect Thanksgiving or holiday side!

Get this recipe: Creamed Pearl Onion Gratin

Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots

<p>Julia's Simply Southern</p>

Julia's Simply Southern

Carrots are such a simple veggie, but they take on a flavor well and are so easy to make for a holiday!

Get this recipe: Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Rosemary and Parsley

<p>Dish by Dish</p>

Dish by Dish

Rainbow carrots roasted until tender and soft, coated with fragrant rosemary and fresh chopped parsley. Best served with meats like chicken, pork or beef.

Get this recipe: Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Rosemary and Parsley

Stir-Fried Balsamic & Ginger Glazed Carrots

<p>Karen's Kitchen Stories</p>

Karen's Kitchen Stories

A tasty vegetable side dish the entire family will love.

Get this recipe: Stir-Fried Balsamic & Ginger Glazed Carrots

Easy Cheesy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

<p>Wholesome Yum</p>

Wholesome Yum

This Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is just like a loaded baked potato but without the carbs!

Get this recipe: Easy Cheesy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Piedmontese Roasted Peppers

<p>Sugar Free Londoner</p>

Sugar Free Londoner

Piedmontese Roasted Peppers is a delicious low-carb side dish that goes well with poultry!

Get this recipe: Piedmontese Roasted Peppers

Warm Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Avocado & Arugula

<p>Dish by Dish</p>

Dish by Dish

This is a warm and filling salad filled with protein-rich quinoa, roasted butternut squash, avocado and fresh arugula leaves.

Get this recipe: Warm Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Avocado & Arugula

Related: 21 Terrific Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Make

Butternut Squash & Kale Salad

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Ambitious Kitchen

This dish is all about flavor...and it has a lot!

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Butternut Squash Crumble

<p>Chocolate Moosey</p>

Chocolate Moosey

Not all crumbles have to be for dessert! This Butternut Squash Crumble is a savory crumble with bacon and mushrooms and a buttery walnut streusel. Serve it as a comforting fall side dish and for Thanksgiving.

Get this recipe: Butternut Squash Crumble

Gluten-free Pumpkin Gnocchi with Rosemary Brown Butter

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Dish by Dish

Gluten-free pumpkin gnocchi with great texture and flavor, drizzled in a rosemary-flavored brown butter sauce. Who says going gluten-free has to be boring?

Get this recipe: Gluten-free Pumpkin Gnocchi with Rosemary Brown Butter

Related: 21 Terrific Thanksgiving Sides You Must Make

Roasted Celery Root and Radishes

<p>Low Carb Yum</p>

Low Carb Yum

Instead of high-carb potatoes, serve this yummy side dish of celery root and radishes that's a great low-carb alternative!

Get this recipe: Roasted Celery Root and Radishes

Related: 23 Low-Carb But Totally Satisfying Holiday Side Dishes

Baked Artichoke Hearts

<p>The Life Jolie</p>

The Life Jolie

This is such an easy recipe and can even be made ahead of time. This is made with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and garlic powder and is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Get this recipe: Baked Artichoke Hearts

Broccoli Cheese Bake

<p>An Italian In My Kitchen</p>

An Italian In My Kitchen

Broccoli Cheese Bake is a deliciously creamy and cheesy baked broccoli side dish perfect for a family dinner or get-together.

Get this recipe: Broccoli Cheese Bake

Related: 12 Amazing Veggie Side Dishes For Your Holiday Dinner

Hominy Au Gratin

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Call Me PMc

This Hominy Au Gratin casserole recipe is easy to make and super creamy.

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Related: 13 Easy-to-Make Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Stuffed Mushroom Casserole

<p>Peas and Crayons</p>

Peas and Crayons

We love a good recipe shortcut, and this delicious Stuffed Mushroom Casserole can transform your family’s favorite appetizer into a super easy casserole!

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Baked Mushrooms With Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs

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Neighborfood Blog

Your guest won't be able to get enough of this dish.

Get this recipe: Baked Mushrooms With Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs

Related: 20 Tasty Side Dishes for Your Holiday Feast

Creamy Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash

<p>Running to the Kitchen</p>

Running to the Kitchen

This Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash is made with creamy mascarpone and topped with vanilla granola and pecans. A healthier alternative to sweet potato casserole!

Get this recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash

Lawry's Famous Creamed Spinach

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What A Girl Eats

Lawry's Prime Rib restaurant's creamy spinach will always be a winner at your Thanksgiving table.

Get this recipe: Lawry's Famous Creamed Spinach

Related: 12 Best Holiday Side Dishes

Butternut Squash Cauliflower Casserole

<p>All Day I Dream About Food</p>

All Day I Dream About Food

Butternut squash and cauliflower served like mashed potato is a total comfort side dish!

Get this recipe: Butternut Squash Cauliflower Casserole

Slow Cooker Applesauce

<p>The Seasoned Mom</p>

The Seasoned Mom

Warm apples swirling with cinnamon. Yes, please.

Get this recipe: Slow Cooker Applesauce

Tip: Safest Way to Pack Thanksgiving Leftovers

Families across the country are making plans for their Thanksgiving meals. But one often overlooked meal plan is what to do with all of the leftover food after the big dinner.

According to Lindsay Malone, RD, of Cleveland Clinic, most food will last about three to four days in the fridge, but that only holds true if it's packed upright. You want to make sure you're packing it into air-tight, shallow containers, and bringing it back to room temperature before you're putting it away. While it's common for people to throw some foil over a plate of food and throw it in the refrigerator, Malone cautions against doing this. When air is present, that allows the bacteria to grow faster; so you really want to get the proper containers and pack things appropriately, otherwise, your food isn't going to last the four days.

It's also important to know that certain foods don't hold up as well as others. Malone says dairy, meat or poultry products tend to have bacteria build on them faster than other foods. She also recommends having someone in charge of paying attention to the clock after the food is cooked. In order for leftovers to be safely stored, they have to get into the refrigerator within two hours to avoid bacteria growth. And it's also not a good idea to just put the whole bird back in the refrigerator. Take it off the bone and pack it into a nice shallow container, and take the stuffing out of the turkey to store separately. If guests taking home leftovers will be traveling more than two hours, it's best to pack the food in a cooler, on ice, Malone says.

Finally, if there is a considerable amount of leftovers, consider saving some for another time by freezing them in air-tight containers.

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