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Top 10 Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We're counting down our top 10 Thanksgiving side dishes (you've got to try #1!).

Updated July 26, 2023

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without all your favorite side dishes! Turkey may get top billing, but Thanksgiving side dishes are just as important as the holiday bird. Feast your eyes on our collection of the Top 10 Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes, featuring the best sides for your holiday dinner. From essential vegetable side dishes to easy make ahead side dishes, this go-to list has the most festive fare for your Thanksgiving meal. It was tough to narrow the list down to just the top 10 Thanksgiving sides, so be sure to check out The Ultimate Thanksgiving eCookbook, which has more than 15 side dish recipes, including gravies, cranberries, stuffing, potatoes, and more!

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10. Best Bacon Sprouts

Most people either love or hate Brussels sprouts but we bet you can change any negative opinion with these magnificent Best Bacon Sprouts! Tender and savory, this is one Thanksgiving vegetable side that'll make sprout-lovers out of your gang.

9. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

Who can resist the smell of homemade biscuits? These all-important staples are a must at Thanksgiving dinner, especially when paired with turkey and gravy. Our light and fluffy Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits melt in your mouth, just like Grandma's biscuits always did!

8. Creamy Corn for a Crowd

For an easy crowd-pleasin' Thanksgiving side dish, our Creamy Corn for a Crowd is a breeze to make and feeds ten! Your slow cooker does all the work for you and the result is a creamy delight. Garnish with bacon bits for a holiday-worthy side dish!

7. Butternut Squash Mash

Seasonal butternut squash is a traditional Thanksgiving side dish that goes all the way back to the Pilgrims. After trying our recipe for creamy, buttery Butternut Squash Mash, it won't be any wonder why this delicious Thanksgiving dish has stuck around all these years!

6. Cauliflower Blossom

Onion blossoms are a classic, but did you know that you can create an equally flavorful version with cauliflower? This easy dish has a crispy crust surrounding the tender vegetable, making this a perfect Thanksgiving side — especially when served with extra butter for dipping.

5. Baked Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made your own homemade cranberry sauce, you are really missing out. Besides being easy to make, with each spoonful, you’ll experience a burst of flavor that is second to none. Ditch the can — try this easy recipe for homemade cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving!

4. Sweet Potato Casserole

There couldn't be an easier way to make an elegant sweet potato side dish. Canned sweet potatoes are a huge time-saver, and when they're mixed and baked with a few ingredients and topped with pecans, you get a super Thanksgiving meal side that's sweet and savory. This recipe belongs on any list of top 10 Thanksgiving foods.

3. New Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is one the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes, and we bet you'll love this updated version of a classic veggie casserole. A tasty twist on a timeless dish, New Green Bean Casserole may just become your new favorite!

2. Best Mashed Potatoes Ever

If you love the creamy comfort of classic mashed potatoes, we think you'll agree that these are the Best Mashed Potatoes Ever. Mashed potatoes are a traditional Thanksgiving side dish for a reason, and we definitely look forward to serving up this delicious dish every November.

1. Holiday Stuffing

This easy recipe for Holiday Stuffing is our number one must-have Thanksgiving side dish! Here's the secret combo: Using a stuffing mix along with some of our own fresh ingredients makes the perfect pairing with your holiday bird. And if there's any leftovers, this stuffing reheats well the next day!

Now that you've checked out our top 10 Thanksgiving sides, how about you take a peek at some of our collection of 10 Desserts for Thanksgiving: Pie Edition?

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