21 Mouthwatering Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes All Your Guests Will Love
Make room on your holiday table for these sides that will have your crowd reaching for seconds (and thirds!).
Traditional Holiday Stuffing
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Stuffing is one of the classic, easy Thanksgiving side dishes. Sausage and sage give this version a gourmet twist. Make sure to pair your Thanksgiving side dishes with a main dish from this ultimate Thanksgiving menu.
I rely on this slow cooker recipe at Thanksgiving when there is no room in the oven. The results are moist and flavorful. Even family members who don’t usually eat stuffing try some. There are never any leftovers. —Mary Kendall Appleton, WI (Country Woman)
Prep: 20 min. • Cook: 3 hours • Makes: 10 servings
- 1 lb. bulk pork sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 can (141/2 oz.) chicken broth
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 11/2 tsp. rubbed sage
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 pkg. (14 oz.) seasoned stuffing cubes (about 9 cups)
- 1 large tart apple, chopped
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion and celery over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
- Stir in broth, eggs, melted butter, sage and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and mix lightly to combine.
- Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°, 3-4 hours, stirring once.
Per serving 412 cal., 25g fat (7g sat. fat), 75mg chol., 1080mg sod., 37g carb. (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g pro.
Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
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Mashed potatoes, one of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes, get even better when topped with a savory trio of cheese, onions, and bacon. Follow this low-stress game plan to help you get ready for the big holiday.
Roasted Green Vegetable Medley
Roasting vegetables like broccoli, green beans, and Brussels sprouts is a great way to serve them, and almost any veggie combo works. —Suzan Crouch Grand Prairie, TX (Country Woman)
Prep: 20 min. • Bake: 20 min. • Makes: 10 servings
- 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-in. pieces
- 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 10 small fresh mushrooms, halved
- 8 fresh Brussels sprouts, halved
- 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-in. slices
- 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
- 3 to 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 Tbsp. julienned fresh basil leaves, optional
- 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°. Place first seven ingredients in a large bowl; toss with 2 Tbsp. oil. Divide between two 15x10x1-in. pans coated with cooking spray.
- Roast until tender, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients with remaining oil; toss with vegetables.
Per serving 109 cal., 7g fat (1g sat. fat), 3mg chol., 96mg sod., 10g carb. (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g pro. Diabetic exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
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Broccoli-Cauliflower Cheese Bake
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Creamy mozzarella and Swiss cheeses create the base for these tasty veggies, while a hint of cayenne pepper gives them a kick guests will adore. Easy Thanksgiving side dishes are usually low-maintenance baked foods like this cheesy bake. Here are some more time-saving tips if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year.
Spiced Ambrosia Punch
The flavor of chai tea inspired this twist on a basic spiced cider punch. Using apricot and peach nectars surprises everyone. —Aysha Schurman Ammon, ID (Country Woman)
Prep: 15 min. • Cook: 3 hours • Makes: 10 servings
- 3 1/2 cups apple cider or juice
- 3 cups apricot nectar
- 1 cup peach nectar or additional apricot nectar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2 cinnamon sticks (3 in.)
- 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh gingerroot
- 1 tsp. grated orange peel
- 8 whole cloves
- Orange slices and lemon peel strips, optional
- In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine first seven ingredients. Place cinnamon sticks, ginger, orange peel and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Enclose seasonings; tie securely with string. Add to slow cooker.
- Cook, covered, on low until flavors are blended, 3-4 hours. Discard spice bag. Serve warm. Garnish if desired.
Per serving 115 cal., 0 fat (0 sat. fat), 0 chol., 14mg sod., 29g carb. (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 pro.
Sesame Green Beans
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Vibrant and flavorful, this side will be a welcome accompaniment to any menu.
Creamy Cranberry Salad
One of my piano students taught me the perfect lesson in salad for the holidays. The keys are cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows, and nuts. —Alexandra Lypecky Dearborn, MI (Country Woman)
Prep: 15 min. + chilling • Makes: 16 servings
- 3 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, chopped
- 1 can (20 oz.) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 medium apple, chopped
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- In a large bowl, stir together the first six ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- To serve, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and walnuts into the cranberry mixture.
Test Kitchen Tips: Make it easy on yourself. Pulse cranberries in a food processor to chop them.To really bring the walnuts to life, toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet. Stir occasionally and watch closely so they don’t burn. Remove from the heat when fragrant.
Per serving 200 cal., 12g fat (7g sat. fat), 34mg chol., 32mg sod., 23g carb. (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g pro.
Butternut Orzo Risotto
This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Need help setting the Thanksgiving table for all of these Thanksgiving side dishes? These easy tips and tablescape ideas will help.