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Thanksgiving Sides Roundup

I saw a t-shirt the other day that said, “I’m just here for the sides” and I felt like it should be mine! Thanksgiving is all about the sides for me. I could honestly do without the turkey…shhhhhhhh don’t tell anyone, but it’s true. Give me allllllll the potatoes, rolls, stuffing, veggies, sweet potatoes, salads and gravy!! And the pie…always save room for a slice (or 5) of pie! But that’s a whole different post! So here’s a roundup of all our favorite Thanksgiving sides

Potatoes

Let’s start with the potatoes. Are you a classic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving person? Or do you like to mix it up? We have recipes for roasted potatoes, baked potatoes, and several cheesy potato casseroles. No matter which way you want to potato, we have you covered!

Mashed Potatoes

This is your classic, creamy mashed potato recipe that is buttery and totally irresistible! Topped with some turkey gravy and you’ve entered turkey day euphoria!

a grey le creuset pot full of creamy mashed potatoes with butter and parsley

Steakhouse Smashed Potatoes

These masked potatoes have a little texture to them so we call them “smashed potatoes”. We leave the skins on and leave the potatoes a little more chunky.

A photo of a blue serving bowl full of chunky smashed potatoes garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

Baked Potatoes

These potatoes are oven baked with crispy salted skins and tender potato inside.

a baked potato with melting butter, salt and pepper

Herb and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

These potatoes are crispy golden on the outside, soft and fluffy in the middle, and glistening with buttery, herby goodness. 

A cream coloured bowl filled with herby roasted potatoes, surrounded by fresh herbs. It sits on a wooden board

Funeral Potatoes

Excuse the morbid name and just know that this is cheesy potato casserole with cubed potatoes and a crunchy golden topping that is to die for (see what I did there!).

a photo of a serving of cheesy potato casserole on a white plate with golden crunchy topping.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

This is our classic cheesy scalloped potato dish featuring layers upon layers of thinly sliced potatoes, a creamy cheese sauce, and extra cheese on top!

a gray plate loaded with cheesy potatoes and a sprinkling of parsley

Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes

This is really pretty similar to the classic cheesy potato casserole above, but it is all made in the Instant Pot which can be a lifesaver on Thanksgiving with all the demand on the oven.

A serving of instant pot cheesy potatoes are being lifted from a white casserole dish with a serving spoon. the melted cheese is stringing out below the spoon. there is a stack of dinner plates in the background and a red and white kitchen towel beside the casserole dish.

 

Which potato recipe are you going with this Thanksgiving? It’s classic creamy mashed potatoes for me!

I had to give sweet potatoes it’s own category because they are just that important! Sweet potatoes have become near and dear to my heart over the years and they need a place as one of your Thanksgiving sides. They are just so dang good, and we have some totally jaw-dropping recipes for you to try…

Sweet Potato Souffle

Creamy mashed sweet potatoes with a touch of cinnamon added for a little warmth and topped with a crispy brown sugar and pecan topping.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

You will love the bright citrus addition to these sweet potatoes!

No need for these orange glazed sweet potatoes to be saved just for your holiday festivities, they make for a great addition to any meal!

 

Cheesy Gruyere Sweet Potato Stacks

A sweet potato recipe that is cheesy and buttery with a burst of fresh thyme! If you want a recipe for sweet potatoes that is a little outside the box but glorious, you have to try these!

A photo of a stack of thinly sliced sweet potatoes layered with gruyere and parmesan cheese and topped with fresh thyme.

 

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

These are similar to our sweet potato souffle, but you bake them again in their skins. They are heaven!

#Thanksgiving is going to be delicious with these twice baked sweet potato souffles with a brown sugar crumb topping ohsweetbasil.com_-4

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

If you’re looking for the marshmallows on top of a sweet potato casserole, then this is your recipe! We’ve also added a brown sugar streusel topping to make it extra outrageous, and kids always love it! It tastes like a dessert!

Our family's absolute favorite sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and a brown sugar crumb! ohsweetbasil.com

Mini Sweet Potato Gratins

These are perfect little sweet potato bites that are sweet and buttery and topped with hazelnuts. They are great little sweet potato side dish!

Bread

Bread, glorious bread! I don’t even know where to begin, but there has to be bread in your list of Thanksgiving sides and we have so many delicious options, I dare you to choose just one! Here are a few of our favorites…

Easy Herb Focaccia

One of our most popular Thanksgiving bread recipe and it’s so simple! Most of the work is done the day before too, so it is a great option for Thanksgiving. It is light and airy, with a yummy olive oil saltiness and those fresh herbs bring the whole loaf to life. 

A photo of a round focaccia bread loaf covered in fresh herbs and dusted with salt flakes in a silver pan.

 

Pumpkin Rolls

These are the softest rolls on earth and they look so festive with that beautiful pumpkin color. 

 

Buttermilk Biscuits

These are the fluffiest and flakiest buttermilk biscuits and they make a great Thanksgiving side!

A pan full of buttermilk biscuits. They are baked to a golden brown.

 

World’s Best Dinner Rolls

If there was a Rolls Royce of dinner rolls, this would be it! They are soft and buttery and the best dang rolls I’ve ever shoved into my face!

This is the world's best homemade rolls recipe, also known as the best dang rolls we have ever shoved into our faces. They are awesome!

 

Sweet Potato Rolls

These rolls are so easy to make and can be prepared in advance and baked off later. Perfect for the Thanksgiving!

My New Obsession- The BEST and Softest Sweet Potato Rolls! Ohsweetbasil.com

Hawaiian Rolls

These rolls are fluffy and slightly sweet and made with pineapple juice. If you want a touch of sweetness in your roll, then this is a great option! They are also great for making sliders with any leftover turkey the next day.

a photo of a single hawaiian roll sitting on a wooden plate with another roll sitting on a plate behind it.

 

7-Up Biscuits

These might be the easiest homemade bread recipe. This recipe calls for just 4 ingredients and comes together in about 15 minutes! 

a close up of a flaky 7up biscuit

 

Potato Rolls

I’m ending the bread section with my favorite rolls of all time. If the previous recipes I’ve shared haven’t sold you, then these will for sure seal the deal. They are fluffy and buttery and gorgeous. 

Our famous potato rolls recipe ohsweetbasil.com

And just in case you still are not set on a recipe, here is a link to all our bread recipes.

Stuffing

Every year when I load my plate up with a helping of stuffing I think, “why don’t I make this year round?” I’m a fairly recent convert to stuffing, but I love it! It’s funny actually that stuffing is only a Thanksgiving thing. Why is that? Does anyone make it year round? Here’s our array of stuffing recipes…

No-Fuss Stuffing

Stuffing made easy! Forget the boxed stuff and make it from scratch! It is full of fresh herbs and all the classic stuffing ingredients.

A photo of classic stuffing in a baking dish.

 

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Stuffing

This stuffing starts with cinnamon chip bread and has apple and bacon in it. It is a delicious stuffing that you must try if you’re up for venturing out of the norm!

It's the recipe that made a lover out of a hater for stuffing, sweet and savory cinnamon bread stuffing with apples and bacon! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Sausage Stuffing 

This is the stuffing that made a stuffing lover out of me! It is full of sausage and cranberries and loads of fresh herbs.

A photo of my favorite stuffing recipe, cranberry herb sausage stuffing.

 

Apple Cranberry Stuffing

The apples and cranberries gave a delicious fall and winter taste, while adding a tiny hint of sweetness. But, don’t you worry because the herbs mellow everything out and give it that earthy, warmth that everyone wants at this time of year.

Vegetables

Let’s all make ourselves feel better about shoving our faces full of food by adding a few veggie Thanksgiving sides to the table. We have a few variations of green bean casserole and few other vegetable options…

Green Bean Casserole

The real green bean casserole doesn’t use cream of anything soup is topped with fried shoestring potatoes.

Green Bean casserole that everyone from your littlest child to Grandma will love ohsweetbasil

 

Classic Green Bean Casserole

This is your traditional creamy green bean casserole recipe topped with crunchy French fried onions but with a few surprise ingredients that you’re going to absolutely love!

Green bean casserole that has been baked till the french fried onions on top are golden brown. You can see the green beans and sauce all mixed together with the onions on top.

 

Heritage Green Bean Casserole

This casserole is made entirely from scratch but it takes only about 10 minutes to make and finishes in the oven. It is topped with crispy shallots and is amazing!

We all grew up on green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup, but it's time to kick things up with Heritage Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots. ohsweetbasil.com

 

Browned Butter Sage Honeynut Squash

If you have never tried honeynut squash, get your buns to the grocery store, buy a couple and then make this browned butter sage version for Thanksgiving! And don’t worry, you can use butternut of you can’t find honeynut.

a close up photo of two golden pan seared honeynut squash slices topped with fresh sage and salt and pepper.

 

Honey Roasted Carrots

This recipe is crazy easy, and can be mostly prepped in the morning and then finished just before go time.

Our family's favorite side, honey roasted carrots. ohsweetbasil.com

 

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but I feel like opinions out there are starting to turn around. This candied pecan and bacon brussels sprouts recipe is sure to win you over!

A vintage, silver bowl with flower full of bright green brussels sprouts that have been halved and pan roasted until golden brown on one side, olive oil and seasoning covering all of them and tossed with red craisins, crisp bacon and crunchy candied pecans ohsweetbasil.com

 

Baked Zucchini Gratin

It’s time to take your Thanksgiving side dishes to the next level with this cheesy baked zucchini squash gratin! It’s creamy and packed full of zucchini, yellow squash, spinach and gruyere cheese.

a photo of a serving spoon scooping out a serving of zucchini squash gratin from a cast iron skillet.

 

Orange Glazed Carrots

These slow cooker orange glazed carrots are sweetened by brown sugar and honey, infused with citrus, and seasoned with warm spices. They are the perfect vegetable side dish for Thanksgiving, and they don’t take up oven space!

A bowl of orange glazed baby carrots. A serving spoon is next to the bowl.

 

Roasted Garlic Veggies

There’s nothing fancy here, just classic roasted vegetables flavored with garlic and simple salt and pepper.

a white bowl with simple roasted garlic veggies including carrots, brussels sprouts and broccoli with a little parmesan cheese

 

Salads

A bright and fresh salad is always a good side dish option. Here are a few options including many with homemade salad dressings…

Broccoli Salad

Made with raisins, sunflower seeds, and bacon, this really is the BEST broccoli salad recipe! It can be prepped in advance and is perfect for one of your Thanksgiving sides! 

Everyone's favorite quick and easy broccoli salad recipe that's perfect for potlucks and BBQs. Plus, it has bacon in it!! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Shredded brussels sprouts salad with orange poppy seed dressing is one of my favorite salad recipes. The dressing is drool worthy. The crispy, crunchy chickpeas are just the little salty bite you crave in a salad, and the manchego cheese…it is THE BEST!

a photo of a large serving bowl full of shredded brussels sprouts salad topped with mandarin oranges, and manchego cheese.

 

Winter Fruit Salad

Before you get worried that this salad section of Thanksgiving side dishes is going to be all veggies, a fresh fruit salad side dish is always a hit at Thanksgiving!

a photo of a fruit salad in a glass bowl with chunks of banana, kiwi, grapes, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and pomegranate arils covered in a poppy seed dressing.

 

Brussel Sprouts and Pomegranate Salad

This salad is full of candied hazelnuts, crunchy bacon, pops of tart pomegranate seeds, and manchego cheese all coated in the most delicious mustard vinaigrette. SO good!

A serving bowl of brussel sprout and pomegranate salad. The green brussel sprouts are topped with bacon, pomegranate and roasted nuts.

 

Winter Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Massaged kale is packed full of flavor with roasted butternut squash, roasted sweet potatoes, apples, craisins, pepitas and sunflower seeds, and the yummiest spiced chickpeas! Oh and don’t you worry, we top it all off with a spiced citrus dressing! 

A photo of a large wooden bowl full of kale salad topped with roasted butternut squash, craisins, chickpeas, pepitas, and gouda cheese.

 

Harvest Cobb Salad

Who doesn’t love a cobb salad? This salad is great for the fall and winter months and the homemade salad dressing get two thumbs up!

a wooden bowl full of a harvest cobb salad with maple poppy seed dressing. Hardboiled eggs, brown sugar pecans, broccoli, craisins, apples, feta and kale

 

Pretzel Jello Salad

Don’t knock it ’til you try it! This pretzel jello salad will be the talk of your Thanksgiving, and we have a raspberry and strawberry version!

A serving of raspberry pretzel salad on a white salad plate. You can see the three layers in the salad. Pretzel layer on bottom, creamy filling next, and raspberry jello with fresh raspberries on top.

 

Strawberry Feta Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

There’s just something so good about those juicy strawberries, chewy bacon pieces, a little tangy saltiness from the feta and then those crunchy almonds all sticky in dressing, it’s the best!

a photo of a strawberry feta spinach salad with a silver spoon sitting on top full of homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Spinach Berry Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

It seems so simple but then when you get that perfect bite with spinach, berry, and brown sugar almonds, a light lemon dressing, good mercy! This is my favorite salad!

A photo of a large ceramic white bowl full of spinach berry salad topped with brown sugar almonds and blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

 

Condiments

We have a few condiments that are a must for me for Thanksgiving sides…cranberry sauce and gravy…can’t live without those two!

Orange Blackberry Spiced Cranberry Sauce

If you aren’t making your cranberry sauce from scratch then you are doing it all wrong! This is a family favorite and that extra blackberry flavor is the best!

Our favorite cranberry sauce with a hint of orange and a secret ingredient that you will love! ohsweetbasil.com

 

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is the most simple thing you’ll make for your dinner spread and it can be made weeks ahead of time so it’s not even really something on the to-do list. This recipe is totally from scratch and is an absolute must.

a photo of a large white serving bowl full of dark red christmas cranberry jello with a small bowl of fresh cranberries in the foreground.

 

Basic Turkey Gravy

Making gravy is so easy. No matter how you are cooking your turkey, follow these instructions.

a photo of sliced turkey breast drizzled with gravy and garnished with fresh herbs on a bed of mashed potatoes

 

Appetizers

It’s not Thanksgiving without a few appetizers out for everyone to graze on while waiting for the main event. I like to think of it as priming the pump. Here are a few ideas…

Jarlsberg Dip

Only 3 ingredients needed and it’s always a hit. Cheese and crackers is one of the best things on earth.

Cheese and crackers happens to be one of my favorite things and this 3 Ingredient Jarlsberg Dip totally hits the spot plus it's a quick and easy party appetizer. ohsweetbasil.com

 

Baked Brie

This indulgent baked brie needs to be on your table this year! It is topped with a bold raspberry bacon onion jam and so elegant!

A bread bowl filled with brie and topped with a raspberry onion jam. It has been baked and the cheese is melted. A piece of bread has been pulled apart exposing the melted cheese.

 

Veggies and Dip

If you’re looking for fresh and healthy, then this Greek yogurt herb dip recipe is your answer! My kids love it!

A white dish with broccoli, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes with a small dish of healthy herb veggie dip with greek yogurt and ranch!

 

Best Cheeseball Ever

This is the best cheeseball recipes I’ve ever had in my whole life. Time to devour!

a close up of a cheese ball with a scoop taken out of it showing the pecans, parsley, cheese, cream cheese and crackers around it

Toffee Apple Dip

I felt like we needed at least one sweet appetizer option and this toffee apple dip is dreamy!

A classic, one that never gets old, toffee apple dip. Creamy dip full of brown sugar and little bits of milk chocolate toffee. It's apple's best friend. ohsweetbasil.com

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Ok, this is another cheese and crackers option but I just love them all so much! Cranberries and cream cheese combines sweet and tart with creamy and it’s the best combination!

The ultimate holiday appetizer, cranberry cream cheese dip ohsweetbasil.com

Let’s Get Ready to Gobble ’til We Wobble

Ok, phew! That was a lot, but I wanted to make sure you had all options at your fingertips. Any combination of these recipes will be make for a great Thanksgiving feast! Which Thanksgiving sides are your favorites? Which ones are absolute musts? Do any of them carry special memories for you?

I pray this Thanksgiving finds you and your family happy and healthy and enjoying time gathered in gratitude!

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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