Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Make last-minute, easy sides like green beans, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving.

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Barefoot Contessa's Sauteed Carrots

Ina Garten makes a 15-minute side dish that's sure to please. Sweet carrots go perfectly with a little butter and chopped fresh dill.

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Garlic and Celery Root Mashed Spuds

Robin Miller adds celery root to mashed potatoes for an unexpected twist on the traditional mash. Bonus: It's ready in 20 minutes or less.

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Alton's Basic Brussels Sprouts

These are the easiest Brussels sprouts you can make, and they can be on the table in only 10 minutes.

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The Deen Brothers' Baked Hush Puppies

The Deen brothers' hush puppies have all of the down-home flavor of this Southern favorite, but without the extra fat from deep-frying. Plus, they're done in no time!

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Glazed Carrots and Turnips

The silky glaze comes together when the carrots and turnips are simmered in water, sugar and butter until it quickly reduces down.

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Sandra's Haricots Verts With Shaved Parmesan

Sandra Lee's secret to slashing the time it takes to make this green bean dish: the microwave. She steams French green beans in the microwave, then coats them in lemony sour cream and tops with freshly shaved Parmesan.

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Rachael's 30-Minute Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Rachael Ray packs tons of flavor into this quick sweet potato side dish, mixing in bananas, orange juice, nutmeg and brown sugar.

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Garlic Green Beans

Toasted garlic and pecans add flavor and crunch to these simple green beans.

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Giada's Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta

Giada de Laurentiis adds an Italian twist to Brussels sprouts, cooking them with pancetta.

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Alton's Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Alton Brown always hated sweet potatoes — until he built an episode of Good Eats around them. Instead of smothering them in marshmallows, he lets them play a leading role in this five ingredient, easy chipotle-spiced mash.

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Rachael's Easy Orange Scented Green Beans

Follow Rachael's lead to whip up a company-worthy, eight-minute veggie with a flavorful citrus punch.

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Red, White and Blue Mashed Potatoes

Gorgonzola and bacon breathe richness into these chunky, mashed red potatoes. Judging by its name, it's perhaps the most patriotic heap of mashed potatoes you'll ever eat.

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Iron Chef Symon's Fried Brussels Sprouts

Reduce cooking time by pan-frying Brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, then tossing with a honey-serrano vinaigrette.

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Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

This quick and easy, four-ingredient green bean dish can be on your table in 25 minutes.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Rachael whips up her pasta in just 20 minutes. Two kinds of cheese, sharp cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus a touch of nutmeg will make this side dish a holiday staple.

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Ree's Cranberry Sauce

Ree Drummond prepares a traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving by using fresh cranberries and orange juice, plus a generous dose of maple syrup in place of sugar, for a more natural flavor.

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Creamed Pearl Onions

Tyler Florence's creamy side dish is super satisfying and great in a pinch: it only requires four ingredients and one minute of prep work. Using frozen thawed onions will save on time.

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Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

Rachael's smashed potatoes are ready in less than 20 minutes. Plus, they are simple enough to have kids get in on the cooking action.

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Cranberry Sauce

Alex Guarnaschelli achieves zesty, perfectly spiced results in her version of this simple, classic holiday staple by using oranges, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon to flavor the fresh cranberries.

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Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Top a crunchy pear, watercress and arugula salad with toasted walnuts, pecans, almonds or cashews.

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Roasted Broccolini

Ina’s tasty side dish couldn’t be simpler: just toss the broccolini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You’ll have a healthy Thanksgiving veggie that’s done in 20 minutes. As an added treat, there’s only one dish to clean.

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Cranberry-Chile Sauce

Marcela adds a spicy twist to cranberry sauce with two different chile peppers and plenty of orange zest.

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Glazed Turnips with Golden Raisins

Sweet raisins counter the slight bitterness of turnips in this 12-minute recipe. Sauté the turnips until tender, then stir in the seasonings, white wine vinegar and raisins to form a smooth, warm glaze.

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Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf

We’re willing to bet that you already have most of the ingredients for Valerie’s festive pilaf in the pantry. To save even more time, toast the almonds while the rice is cooking.

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The Best Corn Casserole

Food Network Kitchen adds Cheddar and chive to this classic side. The best part? Everything is prepped in one bowl in less than 10 minutes. It bakes up golden brown and puffy — perfect for a holiday gathering.

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Cream and Greens

Greens are a great option for quick sides – when cooked on the stove, the leaves tend to wilt in just minutes. Shaye warms up the rainbow chard with heavy cream and nutmeg in this quick, cozy recipe.

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Cornmeal Biscuits

These buttery biscuits make a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table. Make extra if you can – the cooking time remains the same, and the biscuits are a great base for leftover turkey sandwiches.

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Roasted Asparagus

Ree’s roasted asparagus hits the trifecta: it’s easy, fast and tasty. Simply drizzle the veggies with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 20 minutes. Oh, and it’s healthy, too!

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Braised Chard with Dried Cranberries

Swiss chard gets the royal treatment in this recipe. The dried cranberries are soaked in chicken broth for a boost of flavor, then simmered with the chard to form a delicious, syrupy sauce.

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Ginger-Scallion Spaghetti Squash

A sauce made from carrots, ginger and scallions packs the spaghetti squash with fresh, zingy flavor that’s sure to please your guests. Plus, by steaming the squash in the microwave, you can have this healthy side on the table in just 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Ginger-Scallion Spaghetti Squash