20 Easy Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

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Why is it that the turkey gets all the attention at the holiday meal? It’s really all of the Thanksgiving side dishes that get loaded onto a plate. Not just one time but two, three or four! In fact, I like to make more than enough to have plenty to feast on for days after the dinner. Because these side dishes deserve a highlight, I have come up with this collection of the best and easiest Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes.

Fancy side dishes make Thanksgiving the time to get all of your needed vegetables. Turkey is great and desserts like pumpkin pie or apple crisp are definitely yummy. However, today those vegetables are taking the center stage. With these recipes, even your picky kids will want to be downing seconds.

Must Try Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

thanksgiving vegetable side dishes

Thanksgiving morning is usually a very busy time. With all of the prep work for the turkey and the table, it may be overwhelming to think about all of the side dishes too. Luckily, most of these vegetable recipes can be made ahead of time. You’ll only have to worry about heating them up on the day of your feast.

To free up room in your oven, use crock pots for heating your vegetable sides. That big turkey won’t allow for much more additions to the oven!

These first five side dishes are my all time favorites for Thanksgiving. We have them year after year and I can’t imagine ever not including the in our feast.

1. Baked Corn – Almost Bread!

Baked Corn Casserole

This creamy baked corn will remind you of hush puppies or a moist corn bread. Everyone will want refills of this vegetable side dish! Depending on the size of your group, you may want to double this recipe and bake it in a 9×13 pan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: baked corn, baked corn casserole
Author: Renee Hanlon

Ingredients

  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 15 oz can creamed corn
  • 1 15 oz can whole kernel corn
  • 1 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix not prepared

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl.
  • Transfer to a greased 8×8 inch casserole dish.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

2. Party Mashed Potatoes

Party Mashed Potatoes

You don't even need gravy for these delectable potatoes! A combination of rich and creamy ingredients make these potatoes a special treat. Make them ahead of time and then just heat them up in the crock pot.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: party mashed potatoes

Equipment

  • crock pot

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2 T. chives
  • 2 T. butter

Instructions

  • Boil peeled potatoes until tender.
  • Drain water and mash until smooth.
  • Add softened cream cheese, sour cream, butter, chives, and salt.
  • To use immediately, place in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Since I like to save room in my oven, I make these ahead of time and then place in a crock pot for a few hours before dinner.

3. Sweet Potatoes Disguised As Dessert

Sweet Potato Casserole

A side dish that tastes more like a decadent dessert!
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: sweet potato casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Crunchy Pecan Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Combine main ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Transfer to a greased casserole dish.
  • Mix topping ingredients and spread over top of potato mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

4. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

This is a pretty classic recipe but I had to include it as it is so easy and delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 t. black pepper
  • 2 (14oz) cans French style green beans
  • 2.8 oz can French's crispy fried onions divided in half

Instructions

  • Mix soup, milk, pepper, green beans, and half of the fried onions together.
  • Transfer to casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with remaining half of onions.
  • Bake for 5 minutes longer.

5. Cheesy Cauliflower And Broccoli

Broccoli And Cauliflower With Cheese Sauce

Give broccoli and cauliflower a burst of creamy flavor with a rich cheese sauce everyone will love.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: broccoli, cauliflower, cheese sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower

Cheese Sauce

  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 t salt

Instructions

  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small florets and boil in a large pot until tender.

Cheese Sauce

  • In a medium size pot, melt butter.
  • Whisk in the flour.
  • Once smooth, begin whisking in the milk.
  • Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
  • Stir in cheese and salt.
  • Pour sauce over cooked vegetables and serve.

More Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

6. Creamed Spinach Casserole

creamed spinach casserole
RECIPE: Food Network

Get your kids and really anyone to eat their spinach with this creamy blend of cheese and spices. Even the topping has plenty of Parmesan cheese to win the crowd over.

7. Roasted Parsnips

roasted parsnips
RECIPE: Delish

A less traditional buy yummy alternative to potatoes would be these tasty roasted parsnips. They are easy to make and create a nice accompaniment to a savory turkey.

8. Green Bean With Chorizo And Almonds

green beans with chorizo
RECIPE: Womans Day

Add a little zest to ordinary green beans by adding in some spicy dried chorizo. The sausage along with the crunchy almonds will create a tasty sensation that is out of the norm.

9. Crispy Smashed Beets With Goat Cheese

crispy smashed beets with goat cheese
RECIPE: Eating Well

A fun and tasty take on beets is to flatten them and make them crispy. Then, just top with a little goat cheese for a flavor explosion.

10. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

roasted brussel sprouts
RECIPE: Chelseas Messy Apron

With roasted brussel sprouts being such a popular appetizer menu item, it makes sense that they should make it to the Thanksgiving table. The crispy Parmesan cheese adds just the right amount of flavor.

11. Garlic Butter Acorn Squash

garlic butter acorn squash
RECIPE: All Recipes

With all of the sweet versions of acorn squash out there, a savory version is a nice change. Squash baked with garlic butter is a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving meal.

12. Simple Sauteed Carrots

sauteed carrots
RECIPE: Food Network

Simple, fresh, and healthy is all I can say with this sauteed carrot side dish. The fresh dill dresses up the look and taste. If you make a lot of rich side dishes, this one will be a welcome treat to freshen the palette.

13. Candied Yams

candied yams
RECIPE: Delish

A holiday meal deserves side dishes with that little something extra. In this case, the special ingredient is bourbon!

14. Braised Red Cabbage

braised red cabbage
RECIPE: KQED

Add some bright color and sweet tang to the meal with a braised red cabbage dish that is sure to please.

Serve Several Vegetables At Once With A Variety Of Vegetable Medleys

15. Roasted Vegetable Medley

roasted vegetable medley
RECIPE: All Recipes

This colorful medley contains yams, parsnips, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, and red peppers.

16. Easy Mixed Vegetable Casserole

mixed vegetable casserole
RECIPE: Food.

You can’t get much easier than using a bag of frozen mixed vegetables as your base. When you add things like cheese, mayonnaise, and Ritz crackers, it turns into a flavorful masterpiece.

17. Roasted Carrot, Brussel Sprouts, And Cranberry Salad

roasted carrot, brussel sprouts, and cranberry salad
RECIPE: Epicurious

This vegetable medley contains an outsider but that okay! Why not add some cranberries to your vegetables for a little zip!

18. Company Vegetable Casserole

company vegetable casserole
RECIPE: Taste Of Home

Topped with cracker crumbs and toasted almonds, this mix of green beans and carrots is sure to be a favorite.

19. Sauteed Green Beans And Cherry Tomatoes

sauteed green beans and cherry tomatioes
RECIPE: Taste And Tell

Here is a lively combination that would be great for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. All of that red and green is very festive.

20. Squash, Brussel Sprouts, And Chestnuts

squash, brussel sprouts, and chestnuts
RECIPE: Elana’s Pantry

This vegetable combo definitely says holiday. A combination of squash, brussel sprouts, and the unexpected chestnut, rounds up to be very elegant and tasty.

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