Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Are Easy To Make

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Although the turkey is usually the highlight of any Thanksgiving meal, the various side dishes are what really make the meal a feast.  If you are busy planning your menu for the holiday dinner, you may want to consider some of these tasty recipes that will complement your main course.

I will give you the recipes for some of my traditional favorites as well as some links to some delicious looking sides that will make your menu planning a little easier.

I’m going to start with a traditional favorite of mashed potatoes – but with a kick.  My family loves this recipe and it is good with or without gravy.  The best part is that you can make this recipe ahead of time and then just pop it into the oven the day of your dinner.

Sour Cream And Chive Mashed Potatoes:


  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 1 8 oz package light cream cheese
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Chives
  • 2 tablespoons butter or stick Fleishmanns margarine

1.  Cook peeled potatoes in boiling water and then drain well.

2.  Mash until smooth.

3.  Add softened cream cheese, sour cream, salt, white pepper, chives and butter.  Beat until smooth and fluffy.

4.  Place potatoes in a large casserole dish or 9×13 pan.  Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.  The potatoes can be stored for up to two weeks but I have never made this more than a day ahead of time.

5.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until heated through or about 30 minutes.  I have also put the potatoes in a crock pot on low, for a couple of hours,  when my oven has been too full.

If you prefer a different kind of potato than mashed, this option by Foodily just might be the ticket.  This recipe for onion potato gratin looks like a delicious way to serve up a potato side dish for Thanksgiving.

Another one of my favorites is baked corn.  My kids are always hoping that we have a lot of this left over.  It’s part vegetable and part bread and very satisfying!

Baked Corn:


  • 1 stick melted Fleishmann’s or butter
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 8 oz. light sour cream
  • 1 box dry Jiffy corn muffin mix

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Scoop mixture into a greased casserole dish or square baking pan.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes.  You can also make this the day before.

This southwestern calico corn by Delish makes a festive looking side with all of the colorful peppers and spices.

I never really know if my next favorite should be considered a vegetable side or a dessert!  It is a sweet potato recipe with the emphasis on SWEET!  The best part is the brown sugar and pecan crunchy topping.

Sweet Potatoes:


  • 3 cups mashed fresh sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Fleischmann’s or butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten


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

Mix all of the main ingredients together and pour into a greased casserole dish or square baking pan.  Prepare the topping by mixing the brown sugar and butter together first and gradually adding in the flour.  Stir in the pecans and sprinkle over the potato mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  This can be made the day before as well.

Another popular topping for sweet potatoes is marshmallows.  However, this recipe by Skinny Taste also has some surprise ingredients like raisins and pineapple that would bring a nice change to your Thanksgiving table.

It seems like I try a new recipe for stuffing every year.  This year I’m going to try this recipe for a corn bread stuffing with bell peppers.  It doesn’t call for any sage though, which I might have to add.

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving side dish?  If so, feel free to leave a comment.  I would like to know what some of the traditional favorites of yours are!

Happy cooking!

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