While the turkey may get all the attention, the sides are what really bring us to the table. These quick and easy Thanksgiving side dishes combine simplicity with flavor to make for amazing accompaniments. From green bean casserole bundles to slow cooker mashed potatoes, here’s how to achieve side dish success.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Impress, Not Distress
Anyone who hosts this holiday knows how hard it is to get everything on the table at the same time. That’s why these simple Thanksgiving side dishes are flavorful but easy to prepare, leaving time to enjoy each bite with your guests.
#1. Green Bean Casserole Bundles
Colorful Thanksgiving side dishes please both the eye and the palate, and this one turns a classic into a pink and green sensation. Prepare the traditional green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and fried onions. But instead of pouring the bean mixture in a baking dish, make individual bundles and wrap them in bacon. Roast in the oven until the bacon smell is irresistible, about 35-40 minutes.
- Green beans
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Soy sauce
- French’s onions
#2. Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Your slow-cooker can make numerous Thanksgiving side dishes make-ahead, even time-consuming mashed potatoes. To simplify this crowd-pleaser, cook the potatoes with chicken stock in the slow-cooker for 2-4 hours. Just before serving, mash with sour cream and milk and sprinkle with chives. You’ll have had plenty of time to cook a Thanksgiving turkey and the potatoes will be rich and creamy with little effort.
- Russet potatoes
- Chicken stock
- Sour Cream
- Fresh chives
#3. Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
Whole grain mustard, red wine vinegar, and apple cider make this one of the most flavorful vegetarian sides for Thanksgiving. While the butternut squash is roasting, simmer the cider until it’s reduced to a syrupy consistency. Whisk in vinegar, olive oil, and mustard, and drizzle the vinaigrette over the squash as soon as it comes out of the oven. Its sweet tang is flavorful enough on its own or paired with turkey and stuffing for the perfect bite.
- Butternut squash
- Red onion
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil
#4. Classic Turkey Stuffing
What goes well with turkey? The answer is almost always stuffing. The key to getting a texture that’s crisp, chewy, and creamy all at the same time is to dry out the bread. We suggest cutting baguettes or sourdough into ¼ cubes and leaving them out overnight. They’ll be ready to moisten with a flavorful mixture of celery, onion, herbs, and chicken broth before baking on Thanksgiving day.
- Baguettes or sourdough
#5. Garlic-Roasted Cheesy Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Brussel sprouts have quickly become one of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes. That’s because roasting gives this simple veggie a brown, crispy exterior that’s instantly full of flavor. Roast these sprouts with bacon and garlic and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and creamy, nutty Asiago cheese for salty, savory perfection.
- Brussel sprouts
- Asiago cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
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