Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us in the United States. It’s the day when people come together to give thanks for family, friends, and other blessings. It’s also the time of year when Americans engage in guilt-free gluttony. There’s no such thing as too much food on Thanksgiving, and elasticated pants are encouraged. While there are many different ways this holiday is celebrated, there are several quintessential dishes associated with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Keep reading for ten of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes.

10. Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrots

A simple dish of roasted carrots can be very versatile at your holiday meal. You can put a nice glaze on them or smother them in spices and olive oil for an extra kick.

9. Yams/Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato casserole or candied yams are traditionally considered Southern side dishes on this holiday. These dishes are quite sweet and could almost be considered desserts! You can’t go wrong with a side dish that is topped with mini marshmallows!

8. Corn

Corn Served

One of the most truly traditional dishes you can serve on Thanksgiving is corn! Corn dishes were present during the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

7. Stuffing


While there are many different versions of stuffing, this dish is present at almost every Thanksgiving meal. This is a dish you can use to really express your culinary personality. You can use veggies, meats, and a variety of spices to make this dish stand out.

6. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Whether out of the can or homemade, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce.

5. Mac and Cheese

Mac Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. This cheesy, creamy, noodle dish is a hit with almost everyone at the dinner table from your toddler to your great-grandma.

4. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean

This casserole has been a staple at holiday dinner tables since it was invented in the 1950s. It’s a quick and easy way to get more veggies on the table hidden in a creamy base and topped with salty, crispy fried onions.

3. Rolls/Bread

Bread Rolls

There’s no such thing as too many carbs on Thanksgiving. Bring on the bread basket!

2. Gravy


If turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving meal, then gravy takes second billing. Good gravy can fix just about anything! Bland mashed potatoes, throw some gravy on it! The turkey is a bit dry, gravy! Gravy has saved the day at many a holiday meal.

1. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the most delightful, fluffy, buttery side dish of all. It’s hard to imagine a delicious holiday turkey without it’s trusty sidekick, and who would even want to?

All things considered, Thanksgiving is the day to reflect on the good in your life while surrounded by friends and family. The tradition of sharing a delicious meal while doing so is a delight and if you’re looking to make a classic Thanksgiving meal, you can’t go wrong with any (or all) of these yummy side dishes.