Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Thanksgiving Day 2023 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.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 sides for Thanksgiving. Enjoy these delicious recipes for creamed corn, slow cooker sweet corn, corn casseroles and more.
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
"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
Slow Cooker Sweet Corn
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
Cream Corn Bisquick Casserole
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.
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
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
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
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
A must for all your holiday meals.
Get this recipe: Cranberry Salad
Cranberries add sparkle to any Thanksgiving feast.
Get this recipe: Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Use this citrusy relish to enliven any dish this Thanksgiving.
Get this recipe: Cranberry Orange Relish
Cranberry Port Ring
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
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
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 sides to appeal to any green bean lover. Enjoy these ecipes that feature garlic, creamy casseroles, honey mustard and more.
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
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
Garlic Green Beans
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
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
This flavorful holiday side is ready in 20 minutes.
Get this recipe: Green Beans With Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs
Honey Mustard Green Beans
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
"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
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 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
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
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
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
Southern-Style Sweet Potato Souffle
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
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
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
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
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
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Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Peaches
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
A delicious scalloped potatoes recipe!
Get this recipe: Two Layered Potatoes
Homemade Hash Brown Casserole
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
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
Baked Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes
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
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
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
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
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
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 fan fave contestant Fabio Viviani may have been born in Florence, Italy, but his take on Thanksgiving stuffing is full of all-American flavor.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Baked Apple-Cranberry Stuffing
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Topped with crunchy walnuts, this creamy squash dish is a delightful alternative to whipped potatoes.
Get this recipe: Walnut Squash
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
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
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
Peas With Pecorino & Mint
Serve alongside your preferred cut of meat for a fabulous holiday meal.
Get this recipe: Peas With Pecorino & Mint
Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus
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
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
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
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
A tasty vegetable side dish the entire family will love.
Get this recipe: Stir-Fried Balsamic & Ginger Glazed Carrots
Easy Cheesy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
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
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
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
Butternut Squash & Kale Salad
This dish is all about flavor...and it has a lot!
Get this recipe: Butternut Squash & Kale Salad
Butternut Squash Crumble
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
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
Roasted Celery Root and Radishes
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
Baked Artichoke Hearts
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
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
Hominy Au Gratin
This Hominy Au Gratin casserole recipe is easy to make and super creamy.
Get this recipe: Hominy Au Gratin
Stuffed Mushroom Casserole
We love a good recipe shortcut, and this delicious Stuffed Mushroom Casserole can transform your family’s favorite appetizer into a super easy casserole!
Get this recipe: Stuffed Mushroom Casserole
Baked Mushrooms With Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs
Your guest won't be able to get enough of this dish.
Get this recipe: Baked Mushrooms With Red Wine and Parmesan Crumbs
Creamy Cauliflower Pumpkin Mash
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
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
Butternut squash and cauliflower served like mashed potato is a total comfort side dish!
Get this recipe: Butternut Squash Cauliflower Casserole
Slow Cooker Applesauce
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.