Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The turkey is great, but the Thanksgiving side dishes are what everyone remembers! Find a new favorite in these 10+ side dish recipes for Turkey Day.

A bowl of rosemary roasted red potatoes next to a sheet pan.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Do you have your menu picked out yet?

I am one of those people who thinks about their Thanksgiving menu for at least two months before.

My family always has a few staples on the table, but I usually try to come up with at least one or two Thanksgiving side dishes to impress everyone.

Types of Side Dishes

Thanksgiving sides come in all shapes and forms. The turkey may be the star of the show, but the supporting cast — from veggies to bread to starches — is pretty star-studded too.

Here are the main categories of Thanksgiving side dishes:

  • Soups: Some people like to start their Thanksgiving dinner with a soup course, which is always a great idea if you want to impress everyone at the table.
  • Salads: Giving guests the choice to add some greens to their plates is always nice.
  • Vegetables: We're talking asparagus, broccoli, green beans and all the casseroles in between.
  • Starchy sides: Potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes galore. Pasta and gnocchi dishes belong here too.
  • Bread: Cornbread, rolls and biscuits are all welcome here.
  • Stuffings and dressings: These can have their own category, since they're a mix of bread, veggies and sometimes meat.
  • Sauces: From gravy to cranberry sauce, these are the things that dress up the plate.

And then there's dessert! Don't miss these Thanksgiving desserts that aren't pie. And if you make pie, make sure you use this vodka pie dough.

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes


What are common Thanksgiving sides?

Most Thanksgiving menu include mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, stuffing or dressing, biscuits or rolls, green beans and cranberry sauce.

How many side dishes to serve at Thanksgiving?

A general rule of thumb is to serve 3-5 sides for 4-8 people. A combination of salad, a vegetable and a starch is a good place to start. A bread option can be in addition to the sides.

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