Looking for a delicious side dish to serve at your Thanksgiving feast? We have you covered. Count down through our top 10 Thanksgiving sides — from Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, our test kitchen and more.
#10: Air Fryer Acorn Squash with Brown Butter
The secret to getting crispy, caramelized acorn squash with very little added oil? Your trusty air fryer! We topped the whole dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and a drizzle of brown butter, for a comforting and easy holiday side dish.
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#9: Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
Steering away from the standard stovetop mac, this version includes three kinds of cheese and bakes up like a casserole with a crispy, golden top. The addition of eggs makes it similar to a cheesy, savory custard. Warning: This is not diet food!
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#8: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
Forty-five minutes, one roasting pan and six ingredients — that’s all you need to make a batch of these melt-in-your-mouth sweet potatoes.
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#7: Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Our mouths are watering just thinking about having a piping hot bowl of these brussels sprouts sitting on our Thanksgiving table. Ina uses diced pancetta and syrupy balsamic vinegar to give her sprouts a briny smokiness. Take it from us — this dish will be so popular with your holiday crowd you’ll want to make a double (or triple) batch.
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#6: Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing
yler uses sweet corn muffins to make this stuffing, mixing it with caramelized onions and fresh sage.
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#5: Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a staple at any Thanksgiving meal and this yummy take from Tyler Florence is a must-have. Tyler cooks his potatoes with bay leaves to infuse them with a refreshing and herby fragrance. Top with chives and dig right in!
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#4: Parker House Rolls
Bobby Flay uses active dry yeast to get his Parker House rolls extra light and fluffy. Before serving, brush yours with melted butter to give them a glistening sheen — they’ll look so good that we wouldn’t be surprised if your guests keep asking you to pass the breadbasket in their direction!
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#3: Perfect Cranberry Sauce
There’s a reason why Food Network Kitchen puts the word “perfect” in the title of this delicious recipe, and while we don’t like to brag, this cranberry sauce really is the perfect Thanksgiving side. The secret lies in adding lemon (or orange) zest to the cranberry mixture — not only does it infuse the sauce with a lovely citrusy flavor, it’s also a quick and easy way to elevate the dish without needing to buy a ton of extra ingredients. Talk about something to be grateful for!
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#2: Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
If you’ve always wanted to serve a green bean casserole at your Thanksgiving feast, but weren’t sure where to begin, this top-rated recipe from Alton Brown is the one for you. To take his casserole to the next level, Alton uses hearty mushrooms, thinly sliced onions and buttery panko breadcrumbs. Talk about some good eats!
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#1: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole
When it comes to Thanksgiving, you just can’t beat sweet potato casserole. This fan-favorite version from Food Network Kitchen replaces classic marshmallow topping with a yummy blend of toasted pecans and brown sugar to create the picture-perfect crumble. It’s like having dinner and dessert all in one!
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