Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

By Kelley Boymer
22 Nov 2022
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away! It feels like it snuck up on us even quicker than usual this year. Whether you are hosting a Thanksgiving for family and friends or a guest this year– don’t stress over those last minute recipes and side dishes. If you need some ideas or last minute inspiration, check out some of our favorite easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes below. Any of these are sure to impress your friends and family this year.

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Charcuterie Board

Is it a side or a starter? Maybe both. A charcuterie board is a gorgeous way to display yummy snacks before, during and after the meal. There are so many ways to make a charcuterie board and this post has some great instructions on how to get started along with tons of ideas.

Stuffing

Simple Is Best Stuffing Recipe

This Simple Is Best Stuffing Recipe by Victoria Granof from Bon Apetit is a tried and true winner. It’s cooked separately outside the bird for a crispy on top finish, yet moist and buttery center. Simplify this recipe by buying a delicious loaf of bread (brioche recommended) and store bought chicken broth. Your family will be begging for this classic stuffing recipe year after year!

Mashed Potatoes

Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes

These Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes from Mad About Food are one of my go to recipes for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to go big and indulge in the creamiest of mashed potatoes. I think the half and half is the key ingredient here that adds such a smooth, buttery texture. Whipping them in a kitchen aid mixer makes them extra smooth and creamy!

Sweet Potatoes

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole from The Food Network is an easy dish to make ahead of time, refrigerate and throw in the oven an hour before your Thanksgiving meal. It takes one thing off your list for day of prep and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The sweetness of the brown sugar and vanilla mixed with the mashed sweet potato and crunchy, salty pecan topping make a delicious combo!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Do you think sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own and looking for something a bit healthier? Try Love & Lemons Sweet Potato Casserole. You still get all the deliciousness of the nutty pecan topping with an irresistible gingery sweet potato filling, minus the added sugar.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Love & Lemon’s Green Bean Casserole is a winner too. Fresh green beans, crispy onions and a creamy mushroom sauce. With just 20 minutes of prep– this easy recipe can be prepared the day before and refrigerated. Pop it in the oven for an hour before your Thanksgiving dinner and voila.

Cranberry Sauce

The Easiest Cranberry Sauce Recipe Is Also The Best

This simple, Easy Cranberry Sauce from Priya Krishna provides all the delicious flavors we love in cranberry sauce without the fuss. Cranberries have such a delicious sweet and sour flavor on their own that doesn’t need much to make it into a delicious Thanksgiving sauce. Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and cook for 10 minutes. You can refrigerate to prep prior to Thanksgiving day or easily whip up last minute.

Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic

Brussel sprouts are so flavorful and delicious they don’t need much to make a great veggie addition to any Thanksgiving meal. We love the simplicity of this Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic recipe from New York Times Cooking. The addition of balsamic vinegar adds a sweet caramelized flavor that is irresistible.

Pie

Pumpkin Pie

You simply cannot have Thanksgiving without pie! This Maple Pumpkin Pie recipe is a delicious way to top off your Thanksgiving dinner. The maple whipped cream with pecans is everything you need and more for a yummy Thanksgiving dessert!

Here is another healthier Pecan Pie option from Love & Lemons with a brown sugar pecan crust! Yum!

Pecan Pie

Try this Healthy Pecan Pie recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef. It includes all the deliciousness of pecan pie– pecans, sweetness and flakey crust without the unhealthy additives like corn syrup and brown sugar. Give it a try this Thanksgiving!

Apple Pie

This Mom’s Easy Apple Pie recipe is everything you need and love in a classic warm, gooey, sweet, tart apple pie. Get a store bought crust to make your life easier and top with ice cream and whip cream to compliment the sweetness with creaminess. Delicious!

What are your favorite easy recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes? Let us know in the comments below.

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