25+ Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes That'll Steal the Show

Because we all know it's all about the extras.

Mike Garten

We've got tried-and-true spins on all your favorite recipes — stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce — and some surprises thrown in the mix just for fun.

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Mike Garten
Spicy Acorn Squash with Feta

Cool down paprika-spiced squash with a sprinkle of feta cheese.

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Johnny Miller
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole

This meringue-topped sweet potato mash blurs the lines between side dish and dessert.

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Con Poulos
Focaccia with Roasted Squash

Slice this honey-glazed squash flatbread and serve alongside turkey — it's perfect for soaking up the extra gravy!

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Mike Garten
Pimiento-Cheese Green Beans

Corn and pimiento peppers add a splash of festive color to this savory green bean dish.

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Mike Garten
Croissant Mushroom Stuffing

Stuffing made with croissants — a genius twist on the classic dish that everyone is sure to love.

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Mike Garten
Roasted Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar is the surprise ingredient in this Chinese-inspired side.

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Mike Garten
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes With Cheddar

This elegant dish is surprisingly easy — and is the perfect marriage of cheese and potatoes.

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Noshing With the Nolands
Potato Gratin

Bake in Canadian bacon and swiss chard for an upgrade to this classic dish.

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B.Britnell
Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits

Meet buttermilk biscuits 2.0 — top with chopped rosemary for a pretty presentation.

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Fork Knife Swoon
Sourdough Stuffing

Sourdough bread, sausages and fruit make for a stuffing that is seriously warm and autumnal.

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American Heritage Cooking
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Along with its smooth texture, brown butter sage makes these mashed sweet potatoes a dish worth savoring.

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Kate Mathis
Savory Bread Stuffing

Switch up this classic dish with an unlikely addition: Pears!

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Andrew Purcell
Asparagus, Peas & Tomatoes

Finish this veggie-filled dish off with homemade herb butter.

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STEVEN RANDAZZO
Green Bean Casserole

An easy dish to make the day before, this casserole is full of garlic and breadcrumbs.

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Kate Mathis
Cranberry-Apple Chutney

Onions, vinegar and figs are the not-so-secret ingredients that make this cranberry sauce alternative so unexpectedly delicious.

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Ann Stratton
Cranberry-Orange Mold

These two flavors collide to form a totally sweet companion to your meal — plus, it looks really pretty on the table.

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Blackberrybabe
Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized onions and bacon are already good enough on their own, but mi them into a bowl of mashed potatoes makes them even more irresistible.

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Kate Sears
Crisp Corn Breadsticks

The crunchy texture makes these breadsticks feel light and airy — so it's definitely okay for you to have more than you originally intended.

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Kate Sears
Sweet Potatoes

Pecans and brown sugar are tasty and all, if you don't top your sweet potatoes with marshmallow meringue, you're missing out.

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Johnny Miller
Thyme-Pear Gravy

Chopped thyme leaves star in this gravy recipe, giving it a fresh taste.

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Johnny Miller
Glazed Sweet Potatoes

After adding pecans for a little bit of crunch, coat this Thanksgiving favorite in a sorghum-glaze.

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Christopher Testani
Buttermilk Biscuits

Surprise of the season: Cream cheese is what makes these buttermilk biscuits so delightful.

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CHARLES SCHILLER
Pumpkin and Cauliflower Casserole

Since no Thanksgiving meal is complete without some kind of casserole, mix two seasonal veggies to create this tasty combo.

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Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Paige Hicks
Butternut Squash

This squash is accompanied by red onions, but the spices inside make it both sweet and savory.

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CHARLES SCHILLER
Carrot Ribbons

Forget the frozen carrot chips (it's Thanksgiving!). This version is much prettier.

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Floating Kitchen
Spaghetti Squash

Anything with "squash" in the title is appropriate for fall — add cinnamon and hazelnuts to give it a unique taste.

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Kate Mathis
Brussels Sprouts

Leeks and bacon add tons of flavor to this traditional dish.

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Chocolate Moosey
Scalloped Potatoes

Use a stovetop to cook these potatoes, made complete with lots of cheddar.

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