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These (mouthwatering) easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes will have your family going back for seconds. 

Here comes Thanksgiving.

Many of us Thanksgiving lovers enjoy the holiday because it’s so simple.

But the one part of Thanksgiving that isn’t so simple is (obviously) the meal.

Either you’re hosting and have a big burden on your plate…

(Pardon the pun.  Actually, I totally love a good pun.)

…or you’re heading to someone else’s Thanksgiving.  And you have to bring a side dish.

That might be stressful.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Those foods that make Thanksgiving so amazing don’t have to keep you in the kitchen for 10 hours.

With the right recipe, you can get the side prepared ahead of time, without a ton of effort.

And, wouldn’t you know it…those perfect recipes are right here!

(Psst…print out one of these Thanksgiving potluck signup sheets to keep it simple!)

The Top 10 Easy Thanksgiving Sides

These Thanksgiving recipes for side dishes are AMAZING! (They'll ask you to bring them back every year from now on.)

We Dig the Potatoes

Turkey is, of course, the star of Thanksgiving.  But I think a close second would be mashed potatoes.  You can’t have a proper Thanksgiving meal without them!

These Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are delicious!! 

Bonus…it’s a crock pot recipe.  That means it should travel well and won’t cause you to stand in the kitchen all day.


Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Creme de la Crumb

When it comes to sweet potatoes (or yams), families seem to fall firmly in the marshmallows camp or the no marshmallows camp.  

Our family is against the mix of marshmallows and sweet potatoes, but we do love this recipe!  

It is NOT for the health conscious person… but it is definitely for anyone who loves the taste of awesome on a fork.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Steusel

from Ciao Chow Bambina

Or, if you’d like a different take on your sweet potatoes, try them roasted.  This recipe will give you a taste of delicious without overwhelming your sweet tooth.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

For the Love of Cooking

Bring the Veggies

Even if you choose another recipe for your pot luck, you definitely have to try these roasted carrots!  This simple recipe blends a variety of flavors that meld deliciously together.

roasted carrots

Roasted Carrots

So Wonderful So Marvelous

Another delicious veggie option is Creamy Broccoli Salad.  It’s a great spin on broccoli that even non-lovers of the little trees will enjoy.  (If anyone seems doubtful, mention the bacon ingredient to them.)

creamy broccoli salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Yummy Healthy Easy

We really enjoy eating roasted veggies in the fall and winter.  

They’re especially great at Thanksgiving when your taste buds are ready for a break from some of the more fatty and sugary parts of the meal.

roasted veggies

The Best Roasted Vegetables Ever

Photo: The Wednesday Chef

Corn is a staple of the Thanksgiving meal.  No story of the Pilgrims and Indians is complete without a mention of this food!  But it’s often overlooked, especially as plates become full and space is limited.

No more!

This recipe will give your corn some extra kick and will establish its “beloved” status once again.

Rosemary Ricotta Corn

Snappy Gourmet

The Bread Basket

If you’re looking for something in the bread area, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices…

These biscuits are so yummy, and the garlic and cheese give them a great twist on traditional biscuits.  Easy, portable, yummy.

Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Seeded at the Table

 I don’t know if you have Texas Roadhouse restaurants in your neck of the woods…but their rolls and cinnamon butter are awesomesauce!  

You will definitely want to add this one to your menu.


Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter


 Stuffing doesn’t always look delicious, but it sure tastes great!  

This recipe is pretty close to my grandmothers recipe, which is a big family favorite.  It’s the perfect comfort food, and an obvious Thanksgiving staple.


Mom’s Perfect Thanksgiving Stuffing

Recipe from Just a Pinch

Any of these easy Thanksgiving sides are sure to be a hit with your potluck crowd!

Now you can relax with your favorite people and enjoy some amazing food.

Looking for something more dessert like?  You can’t go wrong with any of these Thanksgiving pie ideas!

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