37 classic Thanksgiving side dishes
Our favorite mashed and sweet potatoes, savory stuffings, rolls, and cranberries
Roasted vegetables and drippings from the turkey pan, plus toasted roux for thickening, make for a deeply flavored gravy.
Recipe: Roasted Turkey Gravy
The caraway from the rye bread is delicious with the roasted squash. If you like the flavor, use a darker rye. If you’re not a fan, you can easily use a good-quality sourdough. This makes a good main dish for vegans (use kosher rye, which excludes dairy). But it’s good with sausage too; add about 1 pound, casings removed, browned and crumbled.
She still makes the stuffing every year, and she agrees with us: It's even better with extra parmesan, so we added some more here.
If you’re juggling turkey and stuffing in one (small) oven, make the stuffing first, then reheat it while the turkey rests
Recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread Stuffing
Recipe: Italian Chard Stuffing
You can buy cornbread, but we prefer to use homemade muffins with fresh corn kernals for added sweetness and flavor.
This is a decadent yet savory way to serve sweet potatoes. If you’re expecting vegetarians, make a couple of potatoes without the bacon. One potato can be enough for at least four people, depending on its size.
Spicy red jalapeno jelly plays perfectly against sweet potato's sugary flavor in this easy side dish.
Recipe: Chili-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Sweet-Potato Gratin
The tricks to achieving very creamy mashed potatoes are to not overcook them and to whip them just until smooth (if you overwhip, they’ll get gluey). Serve some of the butter on the side, so guests can determine their level of richness.
Recipe: Green Onion Mashed Potatoes
This dish has Southern roots but omits the usual candied syrup.
Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Celery Root and Potato Mash
Recipe: Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Mashed Celery-root Potatoes
Once you taste this warm and spicy chutney that’s a snap to make, you’ll never go back to store-bought cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce
Recipe: Anise Pear-Cranberry Sauce
Recipe: Cranberry Port Sauce
Bright but not too sweet, this relish is great with turkey as an alternative—or addition—to cranberry relish. You’ll need three pint-size canning jars.
Recipe: Spiced Pickled Quinces
Recipe: Cranberry Ginger Sauce
This buttery, moist cornbread is the starting point for an amazing stuffing.
Recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread
Recipe: Overnight Soft Herb Rolls
Recipe: Squash Pull-apart Dinner Rolls
Recipe: Buttery Dinner Rolls
Recipe: Leek and Walnut Bread
Recipe: Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread