9 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Wow Your Family This Year

best Thanksgiving side dishes

The 9 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Wow Your Family This Year

For the past several years we have had Thanksgiving at our house and I love to try new side dishes to spice up the meal. I love the classics like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and stuffing. But, I like to add a fun twist to the recipe and give my guest something to get excited about. Below are my absolute favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that combine the classics with something a little extra. Pick your favorite and give it a try this year and you are sure to wow your family.

Baked Apple Cranberry Stuffing

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | PEAS AND CRAYONS

The apples, cranberries and cinnamon give this recipe a little bit of sweetness combined with the savory flavors of the stuffing… pure heaven. Your guest will love this one. There is an oven and a slow cooker recipe. Click the link above for the full recipe.

Herb Breadcrumb-Topped Mac & Cheese

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | SOUTHERN LIVING

This recipe calls for shell pasta which makes it grown up mac and cheese, right? Then it is topped with buttery bread crumbs and herbs. This mac and cheese has just became a new staple at our house.

Sorghum-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Sweet potatoes are just one of the classics that are always a family favorite. This recipe takes it up a notch. The pecans give this recipe an extra crunch, and the fresh apple cider and cinnamon give it that delicious rich sweet flavor. You can make this the day before and then re-heat on Thanksgiving.

Coriander Maple Glazed Carrots

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | COUNTRY LIVING

These carrots get their flavor from lime juice and sweet maple syrup. Sounds a little odd but it is actually the perfect combo for a rich delicious flavor. Plus, it looks gorgeous on those plates which is a win win.

Bacon Green Bean Bundles

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | DINNER AT THE ZOO

If your family is like mine then they love anything with bacon, even veggies. They will especially love this recipe. This is a delicious twist on your typical green bean side dish that will have everyone grabbing seconds. Bring this to your Thanksgiving dinner and you might just be everyone’s new favorite niece, cousin, daughter, (you get it).

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | DELISH

Spinach and Artichoke is my absolute favorite dip so I thought it would be pretty good as a dressing and I was right. This dressing is delicious, cheesy goodness. Your family will be wowed for sure, it’s not your grandma’s dressing.

The Best Buttery Golden Cornbread

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION

If you are a fan of cornbread then you will love this recipe. It is the best cornbread recipe ever. It would make a perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. You could cut the slices thick, serve warm with a side of warm honey to drizzle over the top. Your family will be super impressed and wanting more.

Creamy & Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | CAFÉ DELITES

Well, you have to have mashed potatoes as a side at Thanksgiving. It is a requirement. So why not try this creamy, delicious and easy recipe with sour cream, tons of butter, garlic and parmesan cheese. Plus, this one is super easy too.

Pumpkin Rolls

IMAGE & RECIPE SOURCE | BEYOND KIMCHEE

Another Thanksgiving staple is the rolls. I love this fun twist on a traditional roll and it is so easy too! This will be a hit with the entire family, especially the kids, even those hard to please ones.

There you have it, I have shown you the absolute best Thanksgiving side dishes that are sure to impress the entire family this year. Now my advice is don’t try them all or you will be stuck hosting Thanksgiving every year. They will think you were born to do this. Maybe try one or two, just enough to impress them and that’s all. Hope you liked this post. If you try one of the recipes let me know if you like it. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and can appreciate time together.

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