I’ve got all your Thanksgiving side dishes covered ~ my best recipes, all from scratch, no cans! From green bean and sweet potato casseroles to buttery rutabagas, creamy Brussels sprouts, and wild rice.
Sides can sometimes be an afterthought on Thanksgiving, but honestly, they are my favorite part of the meal! And even though most of us rely on the tried and true family faves that make repeat appearances every year, it’s always good to shake things up now and then. These comforting, flavorful side dishes will definitely be the stars of your holiday table ~ just add turkey and cranberry sauce!
My Favorite Green Bean Casserole
Classic, but upgraded and made entirely from scratch, this delicious green bean casserole could easily be a meal in itself for me. Don’t even get me started about those crispy fried shallots…
Butter Pecan Pumpkin Souffle
This delicious fluffy pumpkin side dish treads the line between sweet and savory so beautifully. It fills the niche of that sweet-potatoes-covered-in-marshmallows thing, but soooo much better. And yes, there’s brown sugar in that streusel topping ~ you have a problem with that? (Don’t miss my Butter Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole, it’s fab too!)
Creamed Brussels Sprouts
I’m a devout Brussels sprout lover, so I might be biased, but I don’t think anyone could hate this dish. A classic, creamy gratin is an easy way to elevate just about any vegetable, not that Brussels sprouts need it, of course 🙂 This Thanksgiving side dish is so good it spawned a cheesy Brussels sprout dip, too.
French Potato and Onion Gratin
Speaking of gratins, there’s nothing more comforting and cozy than potatoes baked in cream and cheese, right? Serve this potato gratin as an alternative to mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, and keep the recipe to pair with your Christmas ham. Then follow up on repeat through January and February.
Green Beans Almondine
Casseroles are great but sometimes you need something a little fresher on the table, and this Thanksgiving side dish is a classic.
Whipped Kabocha Squash with Vanilla Bean and Nutmeg
This gorgeous, silky, bright golden whipped kabocha squash is infused with real vanilla bean and nutmeg. The flavors are really unique, making this a memorable contribution to the Thanksgiving line-up.
Wild Rice Salad
I always choose at least one wild rice dish for Thanksgiving, I love the chewy texture and nutty flavor of this wild grass, and it’s native to North America! Everybody loves this salad, it’s packed with fruit, nuts, and little cubes of roasted squash!
A simple, homey, underrepresented veg that’s always been on our Thanksgiving table. This side dish is easy and oh so buttery.
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
When you’ve got a holiday crowd and need a dish you know they’ll love, go for broccoli cheese, it’s a universal winner. This from scratch recipe is divine.
Wild Mushroom Stuffing
There are some who come to Thanksgiving for one thing and one thing only ~ the stuffing!
Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin ~ Updated!
If you want a sure fire winner you can always turn to Ina. But guess what? I’ve gone and made her recipe even better, and easier! Perfect for a busy holiday.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Sage
Simply slice and arrange these sweet potatoes in your baking dish and pop them in the oven. What could be easier?
Hasselback Potatoes with Lemon Garlic Butter
Take a tip from Sweden and switch out your regular potatoes for these thinly sliced butter basted nuggets from heaven!
Questions and Reviews
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Thanks Helen ~ Happy Holidays 🙂