Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Although the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, I find that I spend more time planning the side dishes. There is only so much that you can do with the turkey so I spend a lot of my creativity coming up with exciting and tasty side dishes. I do try to restrain myself a bit though as the Thanksgiving dinner is already really big and it requires a lot of time and effort to make. As a general rule of thumb, I try to go with one green vegetable and one potato or squash side dish and then maybe one or two others and the sky is the limit for the extras! Sometimes it is nice to go with old favourites or maybe a new take on a classic and I like to try at least a few completely new dishes every year.

Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Sauce
(Make it a day ahead!)

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa
(Really easy to make!)

Green Beans in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Green Beans in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce
(Make the sauce a day ahead!)

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
(Really easy to make!)

Fresh Cranberry Relish
Fresh Cranberry Relish
(Make it a day ahead!)

Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Chutney
(Make it a day ahead!)

Roasted Apple Sauce
Roasted Apple Sauce
(Make it a day ahead!)

More Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Breakfasts
Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving Mains
Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving Leftovers

Looking for more thanksgiving recipes? Check out my Thanksgiving Recipes Pinboard.

Thanksgiving Recipes Pinboard


Stephanie said...

Oh my! I'm feeling a bit guilty as I haven't given the dinner this much thought. Thanks for sharing as I printed off a few of the 'easier' recipes I think my guests will enjoy - off to shop now!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes. Even though I'm not celebrating thanksgiving, these will definitely come in handy.

~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch said...

Kevin, I loved this. Especially the from scratch green bean casserole.


FoodTherapy4Me said...

I am cruising my blog favs for ideas! Believe it our not, I still do not have my side dish contributions to the family gatherings (this late in the game, I know!). I may just work off the Onion Gratin and brussel sprouts you offered...I know I wouldn't step on any family members' toes with those...THANKS!

warmvanillasugar said...

So many yummy recipes! thanks for sharing :)

rayoung7 said...

The onion gratin looks phenomenal! I'm so glad Thanksgiving Week starts tomorrow...I may have to work the gratin into my feast-filled week.

If you think of it, check out my blog about the "the bone-fide pursuits of a hungry college kid." Thanks!

She'saPistol said...

Please let us know when you start taking reservations...

Pam said...

I adore green bean casserole and am excited it's Thanksgiving time again so I can use your recipe. Thanks for thinking to share these.

thisishowicook said...

You are like the Paula Deen of Canada-everything so yoummy and rich. I think I'll try the squash and sage-I,too,love fried sage and it is still thriving outside.

Ninja Annie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a yummier line up of Thanksgiving sides. Seriously. It's enough to make you forget there is even a turkey.
Do you make ALL of these or just choose four or five?

Kevin said...

Ninja Annie: I normally only make 3-5 depending on how many people I will be serving. It is always hard to choose which one though! :)

Sande said...

Too hard to chose...might be easier to make all of them. lol! Forget the turkey and just have sides.
Just started to plan out my Thanksgiving feast, it's just a few weeks away and already added the Onion Gratin, Pancetta and Porcini Potato Gratin and the Brussel Sprouts. Can't wait to taste these..and I know my guest will love them.

CookInDineOut said...

This is a beautiful collection of sides. I'm particularly interested in the butternut squash. The onion gratin looks sinfully delicious too.

Ashley said...

I'll take one of everything! ;)

Joanne said...

This was just the kick in the butt I needed! Awesome roundup

Jeanne said...

OMG Kevin - can I come over to yours for Thanksgiving?!?!? I am swooning over the porcini potato bake in particular... What a selection!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! These all look soooo good! Thank you for sharing. Now I have lots of new recipes to try, not all at once though!!

Southern Hospitality said...

These are all fabulous sides to accompany a turkey, ham and pork loin. We will be with family and friends in Sedona and will need to carry all the seasonings to avoid having to buy them all there. Now to just decide which dishes to prepare!

Becki's Whole Life said...

Such a great roundup! Love that you have some great twists on traditional Thanksgiving ingredients in this list. The onion gratin and broccoli quinoa sound amazing!

Kim Bultman said...

Kevin, I started bookmarking individual sides and finally ended up bookmarking your whole post! Incredible flavors, colors, and ingenuity... thank you.

Lynn Blaylock said...

Simply Wow..these dishes are divine.

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