By now, you’re probably already thinking about the delicious Thanksgiving meal and Thanksgiving sides you’re going to devour! There’s nothing quite like a great side to go with your meal. If you’re looking for some delicious Thanksgiving sides to try out for the holiday, you’ll want to consider these tasty options. Try not to get hungry as you go through the list!
1. Mashed potatoes
You can never go wrong with mashed potatoes as a great Thanksgiving side. It’s one of the most popular sides people have at their Thanksgiving dinners. People usually enjoy mashed potatoes with their meat or vegetables, but it’s also just as delicious on its own. The creamier, the better!
Stuffing is another loved Thanksgiving side that you’ll want to have at your holiday dinner. There are so many ways that you can make stuffing, from classic stuffing to creative stuffings like rice stuffing, potato bread, or whatever else you’d like to add in. Whether you choose to eat it by itself or use it to fill in another food item, this is one side you can’t go wrong with!
Cornbread is an easy Thanksgiving side dish to make and is very popular in the South and Southwestern United States. It can be made by baking (the most common way) or frying, and it can also be made into corn cakes. There are so many ways to enjoy this fluffy and delicious side. You’ll definitely want to have it readily available at your Thanksgiving dinner.
Having casseroles available will make for an easy and hearty dinner. It’s so quick and easy to make that a lot of people even have casseroles as their main meal. There are also countless ways that you can make this family-pleasing Thanksgiving side dish. Whether you decide on making a French toast casserole, a macaroni casserole, or a lasagna casserole, it’ll surely be a hit with everyone.
5. Sweet potatoes
If you want to have some healthy options available at your dinner, you’ll want to add some sweet potatoes on your list of Thanksgiving sides. They are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and other micronutrients, making it an excellent choice for many people. Sweet potatoes are also versatile, so there are also plenty of ways to prepare this dish. If made right, they should turn out perfectly sweet and fluffy on the inside.
6. Candied yams
Candied yams are another classic Southern side dish that everyone will enjoy at your Thanksgiving dinner. This soul food is the perfect mix of sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and other spices. Who knew that something so easy to make could be full of flavor? You’ll need to give this Thanksgiving side a try at your dinner this year. You’ll thank us later!
7. Mac and cheese
If you don’t have macaroni and cheese as a Thanksgiving side dish, is it really a Thanksgiving dinner? It’s such a classic dish that everyone at the dinner table will surely enjoy. There are tons of pre-made mac and cheese boxes you can purchase, but nothing beats the good ole homemade dish. It’s relatively easy to make, so there’s no excuse for why you can’t have mac and cheese as a side at your Thanksgiving dinner!
8. Baked potatoes
A baked potato made to perfection will make a great Thanksgiving side dish. You’ll want it to be crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. You can also fill the inside with your favorite condiments for an even tastier side. The perfect baked potato requires more than just throwing it in the microwave. You’ll need to bake it the oven for about an hour, but we promise the wait will be well worth it.
9. Potato salad
Potato salad is another classic dish that you’ll find at Thanksgiving dinners and potlucks, and for a good reason! It doesn’t require many ingredients, and it’s relatively simple to put together for a large crowd. A rich and creamy potato salad is a must-have as a Thanksgiving side.
10. Butternut squash
Butternut squash has a similar sweet and nutty taste of a pumpkin, making it perfect to have as a Thanksgiving side dish. They’re also full of vitamin C and potassium, which is a bonus for your health! Another plus about this side is that it pairs well with any of your other favorite dishes. You won’t have to worry about adding much seasoning to butternut squash because it tastes incredible on its own.
Biscuits are a classic and versatile Thanksgiving side that you have to have at your dinner! It’s a fluffy and soft treat that is easy to make and will make everyone want to keep coming back for more. They taste amazing on their own, but spreading them with some butter takes this side to a whole different level!
12. Cranberry sauce
Do you enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving sides? You’ll want to have cranberry sauce. This is a classic side served at many Thanksgiving dinners and pairs very well with turkey. It’s simple to make, can be ready in about 15 minutes, and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Give your cranberry sauce a little extra kick with some of your favorite spices!
Rolls are another Thanksgiving side that you can’t go wrong with. They’re simple and make a wonderful Thanksgiving meal complement. You can choose to eat them plain or stuff them with your favorite filling for an even better treat. Who wouldn’t be able to resist a warm, classic roll fresh from the oven? This side is a must at your next Thanksgiving dinner.
14. Thanksgiving gravy
If you want to try another classic Thanksgiving side at your dinner that will taste amazing with anything, Thanksgiving gravy is perfect for you. If there’s a particular food that could use a bit more flavor, all you have to do is reach for the Thanksgiving gravy to give it some more taste. This is one side that you’ll be grateful you brought to the table. There’s nothing worse than having a bland and dry turkey. Thanksgiving gravy will save your dinner, and it’s very easy to make!
Which one of these delicious Thanksgiving sides will be making its way to your dinner table this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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