A Complete Guide to Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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As you know, I'm all about the Thanksgiving Side Dishes. They are the star of the show in my opinion so look no further - I've rounded them ALL up. And we have an entire week of new side dishes coming your way starting on Monday.

Herb Roasted Turkey from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


We've got everything under the sun when it comes to Thanksgiving Side Dishes except a green bean casserole because try as I might... I just can't get behind it. I will tell you that my garlic green bean recipe will absolutely woo you over to the right side of the green bean debate!

So... without further ado... let's get into it. Below you'll find a complete list of Thanksgiving side dishes to make your Thanksgiving the best yet! Just forward this link to whoever needs some ideas and you'll be golden!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Vegetables

Spicy Garlic Green Beans from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Thanksgiving side dishes

Spicy Garlic Green Beans Recipe

Green beans that taste like candy, you're welcome in advance.

Cheesy Creamed Kale from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@Whatsgabycookin)

Cheesy Creamed Kale

It's like your fav spinach dip at your local steakhouse but BETTER!

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

The most delicious lemon and garlicky Brussels you'll ever make... promise!

Charred Carrots with Herbs

This was actually the first thing to disappear at my Friendsgiving feast last year! The carrots are sweet and the topping is bright and fresh!

Roasted Acorn Squash from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Roasted Acorn Squash

A fun new Thanksgiving side dish that people will request year after year

Peas and Pancetta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Peas and Pancetta with Lemon

Growing up we would ALWAYS fight over who got the last spoonful of peas. And this recipe is even better than what we had growing up.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

A Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with fresh Pomegranate seeds and a balsamic vinaigrette - it's one of the best Thanksgiving side dishes! 

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Best cauliflower recipe you'll ever try... cross my heart!

Brown Butter Roasted Pumpkin

This roasted veg salad will leave you weak in the knees it's so good.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Potatoes

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Thanksgiving side dishes

The BEST Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These are equal parts creamy, cheesy, buttery and perfect.

Perfect Roasted Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

The keys to the best roasted potatoes await you!

Potatoes Au Gratin from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Classic Au Gratin Potatoes

Layered and baked potatoes with cheese and cream, what more could you ask for?

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Thanksgiving side dishes

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Another sleeper success at my friendsgiving last year. Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes was a major crowd pleaser.

Garlic Herb Sweetpotato Fries

Who doesn't love a quick hit of french fries at Thanksgiving.

Gouda Sweet Potato Gratin from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Sweet Potato Gratin

More gratins!! More is always more.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

It's the only stuffing I'll allow on my table 7 years and running... it's can't be beat! And if you're not into mushrooms, just omit them.

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Thanksgiving side dishes

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage

If you're into Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage – this is the perfect recipe for you!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Salads

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Want something a little lighter, this shredded salad is a very festive addition to the table!

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Persimmons from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Persimmons

This quick and easy salad is loaded with pomegranate seeds, candied walnuts, persimmons, honeycrisp apples, creamy avocado, and feta.

Fall Farmers Market Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Fall Farmers Market Salad

This quick and easy persimmon and pomegranate loaded Fall Farmers Market Salad goes well with just about any main course this time of the year!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Mac and Cheese

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Thanksgiving side dishes

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

The cheesiest and creamiest mac and cheese you'll ever make with a crispy panko topping.

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

It’s your fav game day dip (spinach dip) meets mac and cheese.

And there you have it!! The best tried and true Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes for your big holiday feast!

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

The Best Mashed Potatoes

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 3 votes
Looking for the best creamy mashed potatoes? These mascarpone mashed potatoes will truly knock your socks off!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people +


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream or whole milk, plus more if needed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • freshly chopped chives


  • Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are in about 1 inch cubes.
  • Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium low to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender and you can easily pierce them with a fork when touched.
  • Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Place the diced potatoes through a ricer and then place back into the warm pot. Alternatively, if you don't have a ricer, mash the potatoes with a masher and place back into the warm pot
  • Add the cream, butter, Parmesan, mascarpone and garlic and stir to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper and fold in the chopped chives before serving.


Want to make the holiday meal easy? You can cut your potatoes up to 24 hours in advance. Just store them covered in water in a bowl in the fridge. Drain and proceed with the recipe, using fresh water to boil.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. They all look delicious! Hard to decide which ones to make!! Thanks for the great variety! Can’t wait to brine my turkey this year❣️

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