32 classic Thanksgiving side dishes
Our favorite mashed and sweet potatoes, savory stuffings, rolls, and cranberries
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.
Recipe: Italian Chard Stuffing
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.
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: Celery Root and Potato Mash
Recipe: Mashed Celery-root Potatoes
Recipe: Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce
Recipe: Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread