28 Thanksgiving Appetizers & Side Dishes

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When we think of Thanksgiving, our minds often go to the delicious dinner full of turkey and pie.

However, what makes each Thanksgiving dinner truly unique (apart from Great-Aunt Myrtle (every family’s got one!) is the side dishes that are a part of each family’s traditions.

We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorites for you so that you can make this year’s Thanksgiving feast truly spectacular!   To get even more, we have another post with over 150 appetizers and side dishes for Thanksgiving here.

Cauliflower Mac And Cheese

Cauliflower “mac” and cheese with a rich and creamy sauce. A healthy, no pasta version that’s low carb and keto friendly.

Fall Pumpkin Dip

This light and fluffy pumpkin dip is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu! Serve with green apple slices, ginger snap cookies and Nilla Wafer cookies and the perfect pumpkin flavored appetizer or dessert.

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This classic pumpkin bread recipe has been handed down for generations. It will compliment any Thanksgiving spread. Enjoy it plain or topped with cream cheese for a delicious pumpkin treat.

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Best Deviled Eggs For Thanksgiving

Deviled eggs are a staple for many holidays and this is the best deviled eggs recipe for Thanksgiving! Adorable turkeys that you can eat!

Easy Scalloped Potatoes

These Easy Scalloped Potatoes (Dauphinoise Potatoes) are the perfect (make ahead) decadent side dish or even main dish. The potatoes are cooked to tender perfection in a creamy, cheesy sauce with a golden crunchy top.

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Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potato Recipe

Dreaming of creamy, fluffy, and easy-to-make mashed potatoes? Try this Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe.

Air Fryer Green Beans

These Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect mix of easy, quick and oh so tasty vegetable treat. The beans are cooked in very little low-calorie cooking oil making them a healthier treat.

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Turkey Cream Cheese Pinwheels Recipe

A colorful and unique update to the classic pinwheel recipe, these turkey cream cheese pinwheels are bursting with flavor. The next time you are looking for an easy to make finger food give these creamy delights a try!

Sweet Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

A melt in your mouth, savory stuffed mushroom recipe that features cheese, Hatfield Recipe Essentials Sweet Italian Ground Sausage, and the perfect blend of spices.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce then you are truly missing out! Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce puts the canned stuff to shame. Simple ingredients come together in minutes to make a gorgeous, sweet and tangy side dish everyone will love.

Low Carb Cauliflower Fritters

These amazing low carb cauliflower fritters are a perfect side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Pecans

These amazingly delicious Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Pecans are healthy and delicious low carb Thanksgiving side dish.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

These Shishito Peppers are an amazing appetizer, perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner.

We’ve got a HUGE list with  over 100 Thanksgiving Pies & Desserts

Incredible Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

In the American south, Brussels sprouts are a staple at most dining tables during Thanksgiving weekend. While the vegetable has found new followers and is riding a wave of popularity in recent years, for Southerners, it never really went out of vogue. This is the best Brussels sprouts recipe, and includes bacon, a balsamic vinaigrette, and Parmesan cheese. It’s incredible!

Grilled Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

This twist on Loaded Baked Potatoes is the perfect way to free up oven space! Fire up the grill to make this tasty side dish!

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Rutabaga and Apple Mash with Crumb Topping

Rutabaga and Apple Mash with Crumb Topping is a holiday classic. A recipe passed down to each new generation. A sweet crumbly topping covers tart mashed rutabaga mellowed out by apples, sugar and cinnamon. It’s a grown up dish that will please the most discerning palette.

Healthy Sweet Potatoes – No Marshmallows Needed

If you need a healthy sweet potato recipe full of antioxidant goodness (and without marshmallows), that is also Paleo and Whole30 compliant, read on for a dish you will want to make not just for Thanksgiving, but all year round.

Cranberry Sauce That Everyone Will Love

The debate over the cranberry sauce – canned or homemade? Seriously? This cranberry sauce recipe is one that everyone will love. It’s naturally sweet and is gluten free, vegan, and Paleo, with one little switch to also make it Whole30 and keto. Nothing to argue about here!

Scalloped Potatoes with Gruyere

Everyone loves cheesy scalloped potatoes and when you make them with gruyere cheese, they are even better!

Smoked Gouda Scalloped Potatoes

Love cheesy scalloped potatoes? Love easy scalloped potatoes? Then you’re going to love these Smoked Gouda Scalloped Potatoes, so rich and creamy!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Easy, make-ahead Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Made with a delicious and crunchy pecan crumble, and creamy brown sugar sweet potato mash.

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples

Traditional Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Apples is an easy to make recipe with simple ingredients. Perfect for Thanksgiving, this is a great make-ahead recipe for cornbread dressing.

Easy Cranberry Baked Brie with Thyme

Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Recipe: Fancy and delicious 15-minute holiday appetizer your guests would love. Creamy, gooey, runny-centered baked brie topped with cranberry sauce, roasted pecans and thyme.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash

The best balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts with butternut squash, pecans, cranberries and avocado roasted garlic dressing. Ultimate healthy vegan Thanksgiving side dish ready in just 40 minutes!

Superfoods Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad recipes are soooo trending right now. But how do you make a great salad recipe even greater? Add lots more nutritious superfoods, plus irresistible mix-ins like crunchy pistachios and sweet-tart dried cranberries … and then toss it all with a delicious Maple-Balsamic Dressing! Oh yessss! Ready in about 5 minutes flat, it’s perfect as a unique Thanksgiving side dish!

Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

An incredibly delicious, yet really easy salad recipe! We call it “Thanksgiving Salad,” since it’s absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays … but it’s truly quick enough for busy-night family dinners, any day!

Twice Baked Potatoes

A holiday meal wouldn’t be the same at my house without these cheesy, creamy, flavorful twice baked potatoes that are naturally gluten-free.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Free up oven and stovetop space and make gluten-free, dairy-free mashed potatoes in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

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