Thanksgiving Dinner Sides

While the turkey has the lead role in Thanksgiving dinner, Holiday Side Dishes are the real stars of the meal. We all have our family favorites, but it’s also fun change things up a bit and try out creative, new recipes.

[This post has been updated, adding 14 more recipes!]

What is the most popular side dish at Thanksgiving?

According to, an international research data and analytics group, mashed potatoes and stuffing are the top side dishes for Thanksgiving. Their 2020 survey assessed the popularity for all Thanksgiving dishes; looking at just side dishes, here are the top 10:

  • Mashed potatoes – 78%
  • Stuffing – 77%
  • Bread or rolls – 74%
  • Scalloped potatoes – 66%
  • Sweet potatoes or yams – 65%
  • Gravy – 64%
  • Green beans – 64%
  • Macaroni and cheese – 62%
  • Corn – 60%
  • Potato salad – 57%

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes (20 recipes)

I start receiving emails in early November from folks asking me for easy Thanksgiving side dishes, healthy side dishes, Thanksgiving side dishes to make ahead, etc. So, in response, here are 20 delicious sides for you to pick from!

Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives

close up showing a bowl of mashed potatoes with parsley and chives

Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole (or Golden Potatoes)

spoonful of Twice Baked Potato Casserole over the dish, showing its texture

Grilled Potato Packets

Foil packet filled with grilled new potatoes, seasoned with Parmesan Cheese, parsley and truffle zest.

Roasted Pumpkin with Apple-Cashew Stuffing

close up of a sugar pumpkin filled with apple-cashew stuffing

Herb Quick Bread

Loaf and slices of Herb Quick Bread on a cutting board

Parmesan Buttermilk Cornbread

Parmesan Buttermilk Cornbread is moist, tangy and super delicious! #cornbreadrecipe #easycornbreadrecipe #cheesycornbreadrecipe #quickbreadrecipe

Anise Bread

three slices of Anise Bread on a red square plate; full loaf to the right

Brandied Sweet Potato Soufflé

Blue souffle dish filled with Brandied Sweet Potato Souffle

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole

Sausage, Butternut Squash and Yam Casserole in a white baking dish

Roasted Root Vegetables with Parmesan Mustard Sauce

white platter filled with roasted root vegetables

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Oval white dish filled with Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Southern Corn Pudding

Dorothy’s Potato Salad

white plate with Dorothy's PotatoPotato Salad shown next to BBQ Beef sandwich

Roasted Carrot Soufflé

white dish of Roasted Carrot Souffle, with a spoon scooping out a portion

Oven Roasted Carrots

Oven Roasted Rainbow-Colored Carrots with Serving Pieces

Couscous with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

oval dish showing Couscous with cranberries and pecans

Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish

bowl of cranberry and golden raisin relish

Leek Gratin

Scoop of Leek Gratin in spoon hovering over casserole dish

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette pouring out of a white pitcher

Broccoli with Bacon and Walnuts

close up of a bowl of broccoli with bacon and walnuts

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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