20 Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

20 Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in these comforting spuds. Simply mash, mix and let them warm in the slow cooker. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas

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Aunt Margaret’s Sweet Potato Casserole

My great aunt made an incredible sweet potato casserole for our holiday dinners. I’ve lightened it up a bit, but we love it just the same. —Beth Britton, Fairlawn, Ohio

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Skillet Sausage Stuffing

I dressed up a package of stuffing mix with pork sausage, mushrooms, celery and onion to make this stuffing. It impressed my in-laws at a family gathering and has since become a popular side dish with my husband and children. —Jennifer Lynn Cullen, Taylor, Michigan

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Creamed Corn

Five ingredients are all you’ll need for my popular dinner accompaniment. It’s wonderful no matter what the occasion is. Try it on a barbecue buffet or holiday menu. —Barbara Brizendine, Harrisonville, Missouri

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Potato Pan Rolls

My family loves these rolls, which is why they’re requested often. They don’t take long to make because quick-rise yeast is used. —Connie Storckman, Evanston, Wyoming

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Holiday Green Bean Casserole

Try this green bean casserole this year, and you’ll never go back to the old stuff. — Laura Fall-Sutton, Buhl, Idaho

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Potluck Macaroni and Cheese

This is a great way to make America’s most popular comfort food. The dish turns out cheesy, rich and creamy. —Jennifer Babcock, Chicopee, Massachusetts

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Roasted Butternut Tossed Salad

This salad makes an easy and special side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, and it’s packed with nutritious veggies, almonds, berries and squash.—Katie Wollgast, Florissant, Missouri

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Roasted Squash, Carrots & Walnuts

After the turkey’s done, I dial up the oven temp and roast carrots and squash for this yummy side. That frees me up to start the gravy. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Roasted Acorn Squash & Brussels Sprouts

I love creating dishes with few ingredients and easy steps, like squash with Brussels sprouts. Maple syrup adds a slight sweetness, and pecans give it a toasty crunch. —Angela LeMoine, Howell, New Jersey

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Golden Mashed Potatoes

When there’s no gravy with the meat, this is great to serve in place of regularly mashed potatoes. I make it often to take to picnics and church socials. My husband even made it for his family’s reunion one year when I couldn’t go! —Cindy Stith, Wickliffe, Kentucky

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Potluck Candied Sweet Potatoes

To make it easier to bring this traditional Southern staple to a potluck or gathering, I updated it so that it can be cooked in a slow cooker. It’s hard to go wrong with candied sweet potatoes when it comes to pleasing a crowd. —Deirdre Dee Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Mushroom Stuffing

I first tried this stuffing a few years ago, and it fast became our family’s favorite. My hearty corn bread mix is flavored with mushrooms and bacon. —Kathy Traetow, Waverly, Iowa

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Cheesy Corn Spoon Bread

Homey and comforting, this custard-like side dish is a much-requested recipe at potlucks and holiday dinners. The jalapeno pepper adds just the right bite. Second helpings of this tasty casserole are common—leftovers aren’t. —Katherine Franklin, Carbondale, Illinois

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Flaky Butterhorn Rolls

This dinner roll, slightly sweet and so very flaky, was my mother’s recipe. It’s simple to prepare because you don’t need to have any kneading skills, and the dough is easy to handle. My grandchildren have renamed them Grandma’s Croissants! —Bernice Smith, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota

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Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Mom would prepare home-grown green beans using this recipe, and boy did they ever taste good. The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. —Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri

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Wild Rice and Squash Pilaf

This pilaf is fantastic with fish or poultry and especially compatible with turkey. Since it’s so colorful, I like to think it makes my turkey dressed for the holidays. —Erica Ollmann, San Diego, California

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Hot Spinach Apple Salad

This salad is just lightly coated in a sweet-tangy dressing so the spinach doesn’t wilt and the apples retain their crunch. We especially like this salad served with homemade bread. —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois

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Agave Roasted Parsnips

Deliciously sweet and aromatic, this side dish nicely spices up any traditional meal.—Kathleen Thorson, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Holiday Brussels Sprouts

Make Brussels sprouts special with peas, celery and, of course, bacon. The recipe doubles easily if needed. —Jodie Beckman, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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