Super Quick & Simple Side Dishes For Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinner, Lunch, Potluck or Family Gathering (perfect sides for a crowd) –
Let me share with you some of our favorite insanely GOOD Holiday dinner side dishes – these are all easy make ahead recipes for a crowd and most of these side dishes travel well too. Perfect sides to go with your turkey, ham, roast or any meat at your holiday dinner table or family meal buffet. See recipes for vegetable side dishes, casserole recipes, side dishes you can make in your slow cooker or crockpot, traditional side dish ideas, and some healthy Thanksgiving dinner side dish ideas as well.
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Easy Side Dishes For Turkey
Let’s look at our 10 favorite Thanksgiving sides that are all great side dishes for turkey (or ham). My family has voted these the BEST side dishes and I agree because I not only think they are super delicious also, but these are MAKE AHEAD sides (hooray for not feeling SO overwhelmed during the holidays!)
Did you know you can cook your turkey in your Instant Pot?
The fast and easy way to cook your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey in your Instant Pot pressure cooker…
Now I always make my Grandma’s recipes for Holiday dinners – especially her cornbread dressing – it is SO good and a serious comfort food for me!
Here’s her recipe if you’d like to pin it and save it for later:
That’s not really an EASY stuffing recipe, but it is SO good.
I’ll show you a super simple stuffing recipe you can make in your Instant Pot down below.
Let’s get back to quick and EASY turkey side dish ideas…
All these easy recipes below are insanely good – SO good, in fact, that you will WANT to have leftovers – but you won’t because your crowd will devour them!
Before we jump into the main side dishes for Thanksgiving, why not set out a cheese and cracker tray for your guests to snack on before the meal is served?
This is an adorable idea for a Thanksgiving cheese tray – it’s shaped like a turkey!
Try these crowd pleasers:
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Holiday Dinner Side Dish Recipes
Below are some of our favorite make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes and easy Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes that are perfect for a crowd or any family dinner.
How About Some Easy Thanksgiving DESSERTS, Too?
The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and I know you are busy concentrating on the most important part of the meal – the dessert! When your family is falling into their turkey comas, revive them with one of these fun, unique, and EASY Thanksgiving dessert ideas. How about these creative desserts for Thanksgiving?
Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides
Ok, let’s get the recipes for our picks for Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides. We think these are the easiest make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes you can make the day before Thanksgiving and some you can make last minute. All of these side dish recipes travel well so plan to TAKE them to your family Thanksgiving gathering or potluck.
And let me tell ya – these are serious crowd pleasing side dishes so be prepared to be requested to make them EVERY Thanksgiving from here on out.
Best Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Green bean casserole has always been a traditional Thanksgiving side at our table for years and years. Sadly, it’s becoming one of the 25 nearly forgotten Thanksgiving side dishes!
Let’s put it BACK on the table again with this super simple, best EVER green bean casserole recipe:
Holiday Recipe Idea – When it comes to food we have at our family get-togethers, there is ALWAYS some form of green bean casserole. And naturally, each and every woman who brings one swears HER green bean casserole is THE best ever. Is it that way in YOUR family, too?
Instant Pot Sausage Sage Stuffing
Ever wondered if you could cook stuffing in an Instant Pot? Oh yes you can!
And this Instant Pot Sausage Sage Stuffing recipe is insanely good!
Sausage & Sage Stuffing By : Instant Pot Holiday Cookbook by Heather Schlueter Every traditional holiday flavor comes through in this delicious herby stuffing, but be warned: it’s so good, you probably won’t have any leftovers. To make the stuffing, you will need a 7-inch springform pan or a 1-quart ovenproof baking dish that fits your Instant Pot.
Here’s how long to cook everything and anything in your Instant Pot pressure cooker:
Cooking Times for Instant Pot Recipes Charts and Cheat Sheets You can cook ANYTHING in an Instant Pot – but the BIG question is: How LONG do you cook it in your Instant Pot? Memorizing Instant Pot cooking times for all meats and all vegetables and all rices and beans and roasts…
Roasted Garlic and Lemon Potatoes
Roasted Garlic and Lemon Duchess Potatoes recipe – golden crusted, creamy duchess potatoes with sweet roasted garlic and a hint of lemon.
More great side dish ideas is one request often made by our readers and are always a welcome addition to a recipe arsenal. So often we have the same roast chicken, beef or turkey and the side dishes become even more important. Great side dishes add interest to what might otherwise be a rather mundane meal.
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole – this side dish is AMAZING! It’s filled with potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon and more. It’s easy too – definitely a new family favorite!
This AMAZING side dish takes mashed potatoes to a new level! Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole is filled with potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon and more. No other casserole is as creamy, cheesy, and delicious as this cheese potato casserole! Have I mentioned my love for potatoes?!
Glazed Baby Carrots
This recipe doubles (and triples and quadruples) beautifully, making it a really quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish. I use baby carrots so that I don’t waste valuable time peeling and chopping more than I have to, but you can swap in sliced carrots if you prefer. With just about five minutes of hands on time, these couldn’t be quicker or easier to make!
Below are some stunning Thanksgiving table decor ideas, Thanksgiving centerpieces, and Thanksgiving table set-up ideas that we just LOVE. They’re all so unique, beautiful, and welcoming! Thanksgiving is something most of us look forward to all year long. You get to enjoy the company of your family (and all the delicious goodies!)
Sweet Potato Casserole Souffle
Looking for sweet potatoes Thanksgiving side dishes? This Sweet Potato Souffle is a delicious sweet potato casserole with brown sugar pecan topping. My FAVORITE easy thanksgiving side dish. Recipe here.
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Made this for Thanksgiving last year and everyone loved it! I sauteed the squash and onion with parsley, basil, and butter in a large skillet. I altered the recipe a little and substituted the 1 cup mayo for 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. I also sprinkled crumbled Ritz crackers on top. I found that it needed to cook at least 45 minutes. It was very good, I will definitely be making it again!
Parmesan Potato Stacks
Parmesan Rosemary Potato Stacks – An easy but impressive potato side dish recipe! Perfect for Thanksgiving or the holidays.
Pst! I’ve got a brand new potato stacks recipe and video! Check it out here. I feel like I kind of skipped Thanksgiving this year on the blog. Last year I went all out and made cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and some cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’, but this year…crickets over here.
Slow Cooker Cornbread Dressing
How about some easy side dishes you can make in your crockpot? This slow cooker cornbread dressing recipe is a simple and delicious southern cornbread dressing made in the slow cooker. Make the cornbread ahead of time for easy meal prep. Takes minutes to assemble and is ready in about 4 hours. Perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal!
Simple Slow Cooker and Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipes – Here’s my on-going collection of easy crockpot mac and cheese recipes that I cook at home and for get-togethers (I love cooking mac and cheese for a crowd – and they sure love eating it!
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are incredibly easy to make! With a hint of garlic and parmesan cheese, this will become your favorite recipe.
After Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes – Wondering how to use Thanksgiving leftovers because you’re tired of boring leftover turkey sandwiches? So were we! Take a look at these quick and easy ideas for all that leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, leftover turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and gravy ideas for …
Fun Thanksgiving Art Projects and Crafts For Kids – Here are some easy Thanksgiving crafts for toddlers, preschool and pre-K aged kids that they can make at home, at school, and/or at church in their Sunday School class. Here are some easy Pre-K Thanksgiving Crafts for the kids to make at preschool, Sunday School or at home (great for homeschool too!)