27 Thanksgiving Sides For Turkey

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These are some of the best Thanksgiving side for turkey to add to your holiday menu. The turkey may be the star but the side dishes are some of the best Thanksgiving recipes. These will have your family and friends begging for seconds. 

A collection of the best thanksgiving sides for turkey.

One of my favorite parts of a Thanksgiving meal are the turkey sides. I’ve scoured the internet and my recipe boxes to bring your the best Thanksgiving side dishes I could find. You can find everything from traditional sides, cold sides, healthy sides, vegetable sides, and crockpot sides.


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Expert Tips for Making Thanksgiving Dinner Sides

Coming up with fun new ideas for what to serve with turkey can be difficult, but this collection can help you pick the perfect side dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner.

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  • Recipes Can be Doubled: Often times on Thanksgiving you are cooking for a crowd, so  simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Leftover Ideas: It’s almost a given that after dinner is over you are going to be left with a handful of leftovers. Thanksgiving leftovers are one of the easiest foods to create something else with extras. Find leftover options here.
  • Expert Table Decorations: Really wow your guests with the perfect table set up. You can find how to set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table here.

Traditional Turkey Sides

While unique and complex sides can be fun to play around with, these traditional turkey sides are delicious, easy, and pleases the whole crowd. President Abraham Lincoln had a lot to do with modern Thanksgiving, see this.

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The Best Mashed Potatoes
If you want to make the best mashed potatoes – potatoes that are rich, creamy and lump-free, this is the recipe for you!  I’ll show you all of my tricks for getting the most perfect mashed potatoes every time.
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Grandma’s Stuffing
This old fashioned thanksgiving dressing recipe is my grandma’s Thanksgiving stuffing. It’s an easy turkey stuffing recipe that is always on our holiday menu. It’s easy to make and my family has been making it for years. 
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Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar
Crispy roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar are by far one of the greatest side dishes ever invented. These potatoes are dusted with cinnamon and other spices then coated in a sweet brown sugar mixture and roasted to golden perfection.
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Turkey Gravy without Drippings
Easy Turkey Gravy
This easy turkey gravy recipe is a classic flavorful gravy.  It works whether or not you have pan drippings from a roasted turkey. It is truly better than anything that you can buy in the store and it really is so easy.
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Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese
Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese
Don’t be fooled by the fact that a hot oven is involved here—this is really a creamy stovetop mac and cheese. It only hangs out in the oven for 10 minutes, just long enough to get all the cheese properly melted.
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Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some mouth-watering vegetable options. These Thanksgiving vegetable recipes are so tasty, you would never know you’re eating a vegetable.

Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Garlic Parmesan Brussel Sprouts will make you fall in love with these wonderful little vegetables. They caramelize and become so tender and much more palatable than you would ever expect.
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Glazed Bacon Carrots in a white casserole dish with a spoon on the side.
Glazed Bacon Carrots
These Glazed Bacon Carrots are an easy side dish recipe that will quickly become a family favorite. Delicious carrots are sauteed with bacon, onions and coated in a sweet, sticky glaze. 
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Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole with a side of tomatoes,
Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole
Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole is the perfect side dish. It incorporates popular ingredients to create a tempting casserole that is ideal for any occasion. There won’t be leftovers of this, I promise.
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Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Fresh green beans and not a can in sight—our homemade green bean casserole recipe gives your favorite creamy veggie side dish a bit of a makeover.
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Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a classic comforting side dish made with whole ingredients, from scratch — no canned soup or mayo!
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Cold Side Dishes For Thanksgiving

Cooking everything all in one day can be a hassle, but these cold side dishes for Thanksgiving are a great appetizer option that you can make the day before and pull out of the fridge when your company arrives.

Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe is true perfection. If you grew up on the canned sauce you will be shocked and amazed at how incredible this sauce is. It is beautiful to look at and easy to make too.
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Thanksgiving Deviled Eggs
Thanksgiving Deviled Eggs
These creamy deviled eggs, flavored with sage and shallots and topped with plenty of crispy bacon crumbles, so easy to make, serve, and enjoy.
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Celery Pear and Hazelnut Salad
Celery Pear and Hazelnut Salad
Crisp celery, hazelnuts, fresh pear and shaved fennel bulb are tossed in a sweet, tart pear vinaigrette to make for a healthy, refreshing holiday side dish that’s packed with seasonal flavors.
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Roasted Carrot Dip
Roasted Carrot Dip
This creamy vegan roasted carrot dip is savory, smoky and sweet. It’s the healthy and easy make-ahead appetizer you need this holiday season.
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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish
This Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It will remind you of that whole berry cranberry sauce that everyone loves. Leftovers are delicious on salads, and fruit salads. 
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Crockpot Thanksgiving Sides

Hate standing over a stove and cooking all day? Well these crockpot Thanksgiving sides will make your day so much easier. Just throw the ingredients in and you can go enjoy time with your family with the meal cooks.

Slow Cooker Apple Sausage Stuffing
Slow Cooker Apple Sausage Stuffing
Take the stress off the holidays with this slow cooker apple sausage stuffing that can be set aside to cook while you focus on the turkey!
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Slow-Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens And Ham Hocks
Here’s what you need: collard green, large yellow onion, ham, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, apple cider vinegar, chicken broth.
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Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are incredibly easy to make! With a hint of garlic and parmesan cheese, this will become your favourite recipe!
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Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
This creamy crockpot macaroni and cheese starts with uncooked macaroni. Just throw the milk, cheese, and seasonings in the slow cooker for a meal everyone will love!
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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash
I’m ready for fall weather with this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash recipe. This dish is a mix of sweet and buttery perfection.
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Slow Cooker Apple Cider From Scratch
Slow Cooker Apple Cider From Scratch
Cuddle up and stay warm with a mug of spiced apple cider. This Slow Cooker Apple Cider is made from scratch and can be frozen to enjoy all winter long!
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Healthy Side Dishes For Thanksgiving

These healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving are exactly what you need to lighten up your array of food.

Easy asparagus recipe on a white platter with a striped napkin
Tuscan Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
This Tuscan Roasted Parmesan Asparagus is a delightful side dish with a fresh roasted flavor and impressive presentation that will make any meal special.
Mashed Butternut Squash
Mashed Butternut Squash
Mashed butternut squash makes for the perfect side dish recipe on a fall dinner table! It’s smooth, creamy, and loaded with nutrients.
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries and Apple
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries and Apple
Shaved Brussels sprouts salad is an easy, healthy salad recipe you can make in 10 minutes! It’s loaded with fresh, seasonal ingredients like apples and cranberries.
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Baked Sweet Potato
Baked Sweet Potato
Learn how to make perfectly baked sweet potatoes in the oven. This easy side dish is super versatile and can be made sweet or savory.
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Honey Dijon Glazed Parsnips Recipe
Honey Dijon Glazed Parsnips Recipe
After parboiling the parsnips, they roast away in a honey dijon mustard glaze that is sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. The perfect cozy fall side dish.
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Peas and Pearl Onion Au Gratin
This easy Peas and Pearl Onions Au Gratin recipe is the perfect side dish to so many meals! 

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