Last updated on December 1st, 2019
Looking for Thanksgiving side dishes? Here are 18 delicious accompaniments that have appeared on my own holiday table over the years. Most are easy to make, some are gluten-free, and all are guaranteed to please!
18 Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Pommes Anna with Chives (GF). Cooked briefly on the stove top and finished off in a hot oven, this French classic has a crisp, potato-chip-like exterior, and a soft and creamy interior. It’s beautiful to serve and unfathomably delicious to eat. Here’s the recipe.
Herbed Cottage Cheese Biscuits. These are perfectly perfumed and absolutely scrumptious. Don’t make me beg you to try them! The recipe.
Colorful Veggie Tian (GF). Red potatoes, yellow squash and green zucchini arranged in concentric circles in a shallow baking dish. An elegant side dish for the Thanksgiving table. And it’s quite simple to do. The recipe.
Gratin of Leeks. Who can resist tender leeks when they are gloriously suspended in Sauce Mornay (white sauce with cheese), and topped off with crisp, buttery bread crumbs? You can assemble the dish several hours ahead of time, and then bake it off about 30 minutes before your Thanksgiving guests arrive. The recipe.
Kevin’s Carrot-Ginger-Orange Soup. This is a delicious, fragrant, and gluten-free brew. I could sip it every day for the rest of my life. Make it for Thanksgiving, and everyone will think you’re a genius. The recipe.
Cecina. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that at least one person at your Thanksgiving party will be unable to eat wheat. Why not surprise them with this gluten-free Tuscan flat bread? The recipe.
Bacon and Sausage Stuffing Balls (GF). You can never have too many of these for Thanksgiving. They’re addicting! The recipe.
Timbale of Broccoli (GF). Even broccoli-haters will love this light, airy, nutmeg-scented side dish. It looks nifty, too! The recipe.
Cranberry Sauce with Red Wine and Ginger. This ain’t your Aunt Abigale’s cranberry sauce. It’s much, much better! I mean, just look at the main ingredients. The super-simple recipe.
Spinach, Fennel, & White Bean Gratin. Is this a side dish or a vegetarian main course? Your Thanksgiving guests won’t ask such a question. They’ll just tuck into the colorful collage because…crunchy topping. The recipe.
Mushroom, Spinach, & Rosemary Tart. If the Pate Brisee crust doesn’t slay you, the scented filling surely will! The recipe.
Homemade Spaetzle with Butter & Herbs. Why settle for packaged stuffing when you can have these exquisite dumplings instead? The recipe.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes. There’s only one way to make mashed potatoes. And that is with a bucket of butter and a river of heavy cream. My step-by-step recipe.
Apple Salad with Pumpkin Bread Croutons. Apples. Onions. Goat cheese. Cranberries. Put ’em together and what will you have? A salad worth serving on Thanksgiving Day. (And should I mention the salad’s orange-ginger vinaigrette?) The recipe.
Blender Corn and Herb Soufflé (GF). This soufflé is a breeze to make. Just toss the ingredients into a blender and whir them into a puree. Then divide the puree between ramekins, sprinkle the tops with fresh herbs, and bake until puffed and golden. The recipe.
Quinoa “Stuffing” with Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (GF). I made this for a dinner party recently, and everybody loved it. For an extra-festive version, substitute the tomatoes for dried cranberries. The recipe.
Hominy au Gratin. This creamy, comforting casserole is THE perfect accompaniment for a Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a dang delicious side for a humble hamburger, too. The recipe.
Caramelized Butternut Squash Soup. Everybody loves this perfumed potion of caramelized squash, smokey bacon, and savory thyme. It’s my favorite first course for Thanksgiving. The recipe.
Is this lengthy list of side dishes helpful to you? Talk to me in the comments field below. Meantime, happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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