11 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

These Thanksgiving side dish recipes are both familiar classics as well as a few surprise twists. They’re certain to be the talk of the dinner table—or rather, the oohs and aahs of contentedness at the table.

Homemade Cornbread Sausage Dressing

You're going to find yourself dreaming up excuses all year around to make this amazing southern style stuffing. Swear.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Green beans? Check. Creamy mushroomy sauce? Check. Can opener? Uh...no thank you. Not this Thanksgiving.

Macaroni Au Gratin

So magnificently and outrageously incredible that folks have literally applauded it at the dinner table. Swear. Easy enough for weeknights. Elegant enough for impressing guests.

Herbed Bread and Celery Stuffing

A classic. Bread stuffing filled with celery, onion, thyme, basil, and parsley that's synonymous with Thanksgiving (though honestly, it's equally welcome all times of year with roast chicken).

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

"My new go-to sweet potato casserole." "A keeper." That's what folks are saying about this insanely easy sweet potato casserole.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

"Spectacular." "Sinful." "Easy." "Airy." "Buttery." "Lofty." "Perfect." That's what folks are saying about these lovely buttermilk biscuits.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

Not entirely unlike the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole of your childhood, this "souffle" is ever so slightly more sophisticated with its pecan streusel.

Pan-Fried Green Beans

Simple yet spectacular green beans thanks to the perfect technique from Alain Ducasse.

Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls

These exceptionally airy pull-apart rolls bake up crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and, yes, light as a feather through and through.

Inside-Out Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are slathered over marshmallows, coated in crushed corn flakes, and deep-fried until crisp. Talk about something to be thankful for!

Broccoli and Blue Cheese Gratin

Ooooh baby! Broccoli blanketed with a creamy rich white sauce that takes its oomph from blue cheese and its hint of heat from cayenne.



  1. We are having duck this year. Due to the fact there will only be two of us, I’m doing the legs sous vide confit and will have the breasts available to do pan seared but have not decided yet (got a whole duck). Can you recommend some possible sides that go with duck? Thank you.

    1. low and slow, the duck sounds like a lovely entree for a more intimate Thanksgiving dinner. Pretty much anything goes when it comes to Thanksgiving, but I’d suggest sticking with foods you enjoy and ones that don’t all need to be made at the last minute. If you prefer traditional sides, any of our mashed potato or stuffing recipes would be lovely alongside the duck, and the pan-fried green beans in the above recipes are an easy side that would be welcome on any plate, and provide a nice pop of color as well. This beet salad would also be nice alongside duck, and the acidity might help to balance out the richness of the meat. It can also be prepared mostly ahead of time. We have a few new recipes posting on the site this coming week that would also be good choices. Do let us know what you end up making and how your meal turns out.

      1. Thanks the wild mushroom dressing sounds good and will look forward to next week`s recipes.Do you think this recipe will work if it was halved? (Again just two of us)

        1. I think you’ll be able to halve it successfully, low and slow. Just keep an eye on it in the oven; you may find your cook time is shorter than the recipe suggests.

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