Our 10 Most-Popular Thanksgiving Sides
Looking for a delicious side dish to serve at your Thanksgiving feast? Food Network has you covered. Count down through our top 10 Thanksgiving sides — from Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more.
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#10: Spinach Gratin
No guest will be able to resist gobbling up this cheesy side. Follow Ina Garten's lead and top your gratin with grated Gruyere and Parmesan for a gloriously golden-brown crust.
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#9: Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
Looking for a hearty side to add to your Thanksgiving menu? This colorful vegetable spread from Giada De Laurentiis is sure to fit the bill. Giada tosses her vegetables in dried oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, salt and pepper to infuse them with plenty of earthy, woodsy flavor.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
#8: Roasted Butternut Squash
If you find yourself pressed for time on Thanksgiving Day, this super simple side from Ina Garten is here to save the day! Just place chopped butternut squash on a sheet pan and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Now, all that's left for you to do is roast and host!
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#7: Parker House Rolls
Bobby Flay uses active dry yeast to get his Parker House rolls extra light and fluffy. Before serving, brush yours with melted butter to give them a glistening sheen — they'll look so good that we wouldn't be surprised if your guests keep asking you to pass the breadbasket in their direction!
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#6: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
Forty-five minutes, one roasting pan and six ingredients — that's all you need to make a batch of these melt-in-your-mouth sweet potatoes.
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#5: Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Our mouths are watering just thinking about having a piping hot bowl of these brussels sprouts sitting on our Thanksgiving table. Ina uses diced pancetta and syrupy balsamic vinegar to give her sprouts a briny smokiness. Take it from us — this dish will be so popular with your holiday crowd you’ll want to make a double (or triple) batch.
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#4: Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
If you've always wanted to serve a green bean casserole at your Thanksgiving feast, but weren't sure where to begin, this top-rated recipe from Alton Brown is the one for you. To take his casserole to the next level, Alton uses hearty mushrooms, thinly sliced onions and buttery panko breadcrumbs. Talk about some good eats!
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#3: Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a staple at any Thanksgiving meal and this yummy take from Tyler Florence is a must-have. Tyler cooks his potatoes with bay leaves to infuse them with a refreshing and herby fragrance. Top with chives and dig right in!
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#2: Perfect Cranberry Sauce
There's a reason why Food Network Kitchen puts the word "perfect" in the title of this delicious recipe, and while we don't like to brag, this cranberry sauce really is the perfect Thanksgiving side. The secret lies in adding lemon (or orange) zest to the cranberry mixture — not only does it infuse the sauce with a lovely citrusy flavor, it's also a quick and easy way to elevate the dish without needing to buy a ton of extra ingredients. Talk about something to be grateful for!
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#1: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole
When it comes to Thanksgiving, you just can't beat sweet potato casserole. This fan-favorite version from Food Network Kitchen replaces classic marshmallow topping with a yummy blend of toasted pecans and brown sugar to create the picture-perfect crumble. It's like having dinner and dessert all in one!
Get the Recipe: The Best Sweet Potato Casserole