BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe

We both love stuffing so much and think we have the BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe ever! Admittedly, like most people, we only think to make it when thanksgiving rolls around; so we always want to make it extra special. Our recipe is super buttery, herbaceous, but still subtle enough that it can go with a variety of dishes. It really is perfect for any thanksgiving table! How to Make Homemade Stuffing Recipe Melt all but…

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Stuffing in a baking dish with a scoop taken out.

We both love stuffing so much and think we have the BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe ever! Admittedly, like most people, we only think to make it when thanksgiving rolls around; so we always want to make it extra special. Our recipe is super buttery, herbaceous, but still subtle enough that it can go with a variety of dishes. It really is perfect for any thanksgiving table!

How to Make Homemade Stuffing Recipe

  1. Melt all but 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion and sauté for about 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add garlic and herbs and continue to sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Onions and celery cooking in a skillet to make stuffing.
Onions and celery with herbs in a skillet.
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine both fresh and dried cubed bread. Toss together. Add butter mixture and toss together until evenly combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Pour stock over bread mixture and toss together until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Allow mixture to rest for about 30 minutes so the bread can absorb the butter and stock. Toss again.
Stuffing being mixed in a bowl.
Stock being poured into a bowl with stuffing.
  1. Add eggs to bread mixture and thoroughly mix together.
  2. Rub a 9″x13″ baking dish with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Pour stuffing mixture into baking dish.

Stuffing with eggs cracked into it.
Stuffing in a baking dish getting ready to be baked.
  1. Bake stuffing uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes or until soft in the center but slightly crisp on top. Serve.
Homemade stuffing in a baking dish freshly baked.

Why Use Dry and Fresh Bread Cubes

We like to use a mixture of dried bread cubes as well as fresh bread cubes for our stuffing recipe because we think it gives the best results of nice and soft in the center, slightly crisp on top, while still holding together when you scoop it.

Drying Bread Cubes for Our Homemade Stuffing Recipe

We only dry our bread cubes for a maximum of 24 hours. We think it dries the bread cubes out just enough where they still easily absorb the butter and stock. If you live in a particularly humid environment, you can leave them out to dry for 2 days.

To dry out the bread cubes, just spread them onto a baking sheet in a single layer and set them on the counter in a cool, dry place.

If you do happen to let your bread cubes dry for over 24 hours, just give them more time to sit in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients so they can properly absorb the liquid.

Make Ahead Instructions

Our stuffing recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.

To make the homemade stuffing recipe ahead of time, just follow the instructions as written, cool completely, then tightly cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to use.

To reheat, uncover the stuffing, drizzle about 2/3 cup chicken stock over the entire baking dish and dot the top with 2 to 3 tablespoons butter. Then bake the stuffing for 18 to 25 minutes at 350˚F, until stuffing has heated through and the top has crisped up again.

Close up on a baking dish with stuffing.

Tips for Making the BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe

  • Use a mixture of fresh and dry bread to help overall stuffing hold together when baked.
  • The addition of the eggs will also help the stuffing hold together.
  • Allow the entire mixture to sit for about 30 minutes to ensure all of the butter and stock have absorbed into the bread, to prevent your homemade stuffing from being dry.
  • Don’t skimp on the herbs because they provide so much delicious flavor to the dish.
  • Use a high quality turkey, vegetable or chicken broth (or stock) to also enhance the flavor of your stuffing.

Our Favorite Dishes to Serve with Our Stuffing Recipe

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Stuffing in a baking dish with a spoon in it.
Herb stuffing recipe in a baking dish.
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BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe

The BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe you will ever taste! Our delicious homemade stuffing is buttery, filled with fresh herbs and is still subtle enough to go so well with a variety of dishes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 269kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound cubed sourdough or French baguette (fresh)
  • 1/2 pound cubed sourdough or French baguette (dried)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter divided
  • 4 celery stalks, finely diced (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons minced sage
  • 3 tablespoons minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
  • 2 cups warm chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt all but 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion and sauté for about 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Add garlic and herbs and continue to sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine both fresh and dried cubed bread. Toss together. Add butter mixture and toss together until evenly combined.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Pour stock over bread mixture and toss together until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Allow mixture to rest for about 30 minutes so the bread can absorb the butter and stock. Toss again.
  • Add eggs to bread mixture and thoroughly mix together.
  • Rub a 9"x13" baking dish with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Pour stuffing mixture into baking dish.
  • Bake stuffing uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes or until soft in the center but slightly crisp on top. Serve.

Notes

Drying Bread Cubes for Our Homemade Stuffing Recipe
We only dry our bread cubes for a maximum of 24 hours. We think it dries the bread cubes out just enough where they still easily absorb the butter and stock. If you live in a particularly humid environment, you can leave them out to dry for 2 days.
To dry out the bread cubes, just spread them onto a baking sheet in a single layer and set them on the counter in a cool, dry place.
If you do happen to let your bread cubes dry for over 24 hours, just give them more time to sit in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients so they can properly absorb the liquid.
Make Ahead Instructions
Our stuffing recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
To make the stuffing ahead of time, just follow the instructions as written, cool completely, then tightly cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to use.
To reheat, uncover the stuffing, drizzle about 2/3 cup chicken stock over the entire baking dish and dot the top with 2 to 3 tablespoons butter. Then bake the stuffing for 18 to 25 minutes at 350˚F, until stuffing has heated through and the top has crisped up again.
Tips for Making the BEST Homemade Stuffing Recipe
  • Use a mixture of fresh and dry bread to help overall stuffing hold together when baked.
  • The addition of the eggs will also help the stuffing hold together.
  • Allow the entire mixture to sit for about 30 minutes to ensure all of the butter and stock have absorbed into the bread, to prevent your stuffing from being dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 596mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg

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BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe

We know calling this the BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe is taking on a lot, but we’re ready! These mashed potatoes are very easy to make only require TWO ingredients (aside from salt and pepper) and are an absolute DREAM! These mashed potatoes are super smooth, creamy, rich, and delicious! We love them so much and they are perfect as a side dish to SO many delicious meals! How to Make the BEST Mashed Potatoes Process…

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Mashed potato recipe with butter melted.

We know calling this the BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe is taking on a lot, but we’re ready! These mashed potatoes are very easy to make only require TWO ingredients (aside from salt and pepper) and are an absolute DREAM!

These mashed potatoes are super smooth, creamy, rich, and delicious! We love them so much and they are perfect as a side dish to SO many delicious meals!

How to Make the BEST Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potato recipe ingredients in a kitchen.

Process

  1. Add potato chunks to a pot and fill with water until just 1 inch above potatoes.
  2. Boil potatoes over high heat until barely fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain into a colander and cool for about 5 minutes.
Mashed potatoes in boiling water.
Potatoes in a colander draining.
  1. Using a potato ricer (or a cheese grater), rice the potatoes back into the pot.
  2. Add butter, salt and pepper.
Potatoes going through a ricer.
Mashed potatoes in a pot with butter and salt and pepper.
  1. Stir until all the butter has melted and potatoes are smooth and creamy. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve mashed potatoes with pats of butter or gravy.
Mashed potatoes mixed together in a pot.

Important Tool to Use for Our Mashed Potatoes Recipe

While it’s not 100% required we do think the secret to the most smooth and creamy mashed potatoes is to use a potato ricer. It is what prevents any lumps from forming, giving the smoothest results. If you’re a huge mashed potato fan, we think it’s totally worth it to have one of these in your kitchen.

If you want a tool that will do more than rice potatoes, we recommend getting a food mill. Not only do food mills rice potatoes, for luscious mashed potatoes, just as well as a potato ricer, but they do more! They’re great for grinding up soup ingredients and for other things like classic bolognese! They come with different grate sizes for even more versatility.

Finally, if you don’t want to bother with either or those tools, a box grater will work quite well for making smooth mashed potatoes. You may still end up with small lumps here and there, but it’ll still do a better job than hand mashing or using an electric mixer.

Mashed potatoes with gravy poured over them.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t overcook your potatoes and don’t cut them into small (bite-sized) pieces!! Yes, both of these things are the main culprit to watery, runny mashed potatoes. When you overcook the potatoes (or cut them down to bite sized pieces before boiling them), they absorb too much water causing them be runny.
  • If you do overcook them, just drain them and allow them to still for about 15 to 20 minutes without ricing or mashing them. This will help the steam release from the potatoes, getting rid of excess moisture.
  • To help prevent your mashed potatoes from getting gummy, give the peeled and cut chunks a rinse under some cool water (before boiling) to rinse away any excess starch that can cause potatoes to get gummy.
  • It’s important to add the butter to the riced potatoes while they’re still hot. This will result in the creamiest mashed potatoes! If you wait until the potatoes are just warm the butter won’t fully melt and your potatoes will be stiff.
  • If you do end up stirring the butter in while the potatoes are warm, just turn the stove to low and stir until the butter has evenly melted. If your potatoes are still stiff, then you can add a small amount of milk or cream to your potatoes to smooth them out.

Why This is the BEST Mashed Potato Recipe Ever!

We think our mashed potatoes recipe is the absolute best for a few reasons.

  • As we mentioned above, we use (and highly recommend using) a potato ricer. You will get the smoothest mashed potatoes with this method.
  • We don’t use any heavy cream! That’s right. We think all you need for the most delicious mashed potatoes is russet potatoes and a generous amount of butter (along with some salt and pepper of course) for the best and creamiest potatoes.
  • Our potatoes stay moist, delicious and fluffy for quite some time, so you don’t have to worry about them bring too runny while preparing other dishes for your meal!

What to Serve with Our Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes go well with SO many dishes and a handful of our favorites are:

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Mashed potatoes in a bowl with a spoon on the side.
Mashed potatoes in a bowl with a spoon on the side.
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BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe

We think this is truly the BEST Mashed Potatoes Recipe EVER! It's rich, creamy and only uses FOUR ingredients, including salt and pepper! We promise you won't want to miss out on these ultra delicious mashed potatoes!
Course dinner, Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 529kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (about 3 large potatoes)
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add potato chunks to a pot and fill with water until just 1 inch above potatoes.
  • Boil potatoes over high heat until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain into a colander and cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Using a potato ricer (or a cheese grater), rice the potatoes back into the pot.
  • Add butter, salt and pepper.
  • Stir until all the butter has melted and potatoes are smooth and creamy. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve with more butter or gravy.

Notes

Tips and Tricks
  • Don’t overcook your potatoes and don’t cut them into small (bite-sized) pieces!! Yes, both of these things are the main culprit to watery, runny mashed potatoes. When you overcook the potatoes (or cut them down to bite sized pieces before boiling them), they absorb too much water causing them be runny.
  • If you do overcook them, just drain them and allow them to still for about 15 to 20 minutes without ricing or mashing them. This will help the steam release from the potatoes, getting rid of excess moisture.
  • To help prevent your mashed potatoes from getting gummy, give the peeled and cut chinks a rinse under some cool water to rinse away any excess starch that can cause potatoes to get gummy.

Nutrition

Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 1193mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1066IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe

This Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe is one of our favorite gravy recipes ever! It’s easy to make and the roasted garlic flavor really takes this recipe over the top! Our recipe is rich, creamy and just so good! This can be made several days ahead of time without the quality suffering. So if you’re planning a big meal that includes gravy, this gravy recipe is perfect for that occasion. How to Make Roasted Garlic Gravy…

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Roasted garlic gravy over mashed potatoes.

This Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe is one of our favorite gravy recipes ever! It’s easy to make and the roasted garlic flavor really takes this recipe over the top! Our recipe is rich, creamy and just so good!

This can be made several days ahead of time without the quality suffering. So if you’re planning a big meal that includes gravy, this gravy recipe is perfect for that occasion.

How to Make Roasted Garlic Gravy

Process

Roasted garlic gravy recipe ingredients on a kitchen counter.

ROASTED GARLIC

  1. Preheat. oven to 375˚F. Place garlic head halves into a small piece of foil, cut side up. Drizzle with oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Wrap foil around garlic and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, until cloves are soft and slightly caramelized. Unwrap and allow garlic to cool, about 10 minutes.
Roasted garlic on foil with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Roasted garlic cooling from the oven.

GRAVY

  1. Squeeze garlic cloves from head into a small bowl. Mash together with the back of a fork until a smooth paste forms.
  2. Melt butter in a pot over medium heat.
Roasted garlic mashed in a bowl with a fork.
Butter melted in pot to make gravy.

  1. Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic paste and whisk util smooth.
Gravy being made in a pot.
Roasted garlic gravy being made in a pot.

  1. Whisk in stock and continue to whisk until no lumps remain.
  2. Lower heat to medium-low, season with salt and pepper and simmer, occasionally whisking to prevent burning, until gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon 7-8 minutes.
Roasted garlic gravy in a pot simmering.
Roasted garlic gravy in a pot.

Why is My Gravy so Pale?

The reason for this is because we’re using chicken stock which has a light color overall. If you want a brown colored gravy, feel free to use beef stock (although the flavor will change).

If you want the gravy to have a deep, brown color but want to use chicken stock, then add 1-2 teaspoons of kitchen bouquet to your gravy as it simmers. This cooking liquid is virtually flavorless and has a sole purpose of darkening sauces (it is advertised to also add flavor, but in my experience it doesn’t really add flavor, especially for the small amounts used). It’s totally not necessary, but if you do want a darker gravy it’ll do the trick!

Tips and Tricks for the Best Gravy

  • Use a whisk to whisk in the flour as well as the stock! This is the best way to prevent lumps from forming in the gravy.
  • Add the stock in a slow and steady stream, while also whisking to also help prevent lumps and for a smooth and creamy stock.
  • Continue to whisk the gravy as it simmers and thickens to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pot.
  • Make sure the garlic is fork tender and slightly caramelized for the best overall flavor!
  • Want the gravy to have an extra kick of richness to it? Add a splash of cream!

Make Ahead Instructions

Our gravy recipe can be made up to 4 days in advance. Once the gravy has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready to use, pour the gravy into a small saucepan and simmer until heated through and thinned out.

Using Pan Drippings in the Gravy Recipe

If you would like to use pan drippings from a roast, simply omit the butter and replace it with equal amounts drippings instead.

Roasted garlic gravy recipe poured over mashed potatoes.
Roasted garlic gravy recipe on mashed potatoes.
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Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe

The most delicious Roasted Garlic Gravy Recipe you will ever taste! This gravy is easy to make and taken to the next level by the roasted garlic infused into it. It's seriously one of the most addicting gravy's ever, you'll have to stop yourself from drinking it straight from the pot!
Course condiment, sauce, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 120kcal

Ingredients

roasted garlic

  • 1 head garlic cut crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

gravy

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

roasted garlic

  • Preheat. oven to 375˚F. Place garlic head halves into a small piece of foil, cut side up.
  • Drizzle with oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Wrap foil around garlic and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, until cloves are soft and slightly caramelized.
  • Unwrap and allow garlic to cool, about 10 minutes.

gravy

  • Squeeze garlic cloves from head into a small bowl.
  • Mash together with the back of a fork until a smooth paste forms.
  • Melt butter in a pot over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic paste and whisk util smooth.
  • Whisk in stock and continue to whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Lower heat to medium-low, season with salt and pepper and simmer, occasionally whisking to prevent burning, until gravy is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon 7-8 minutes.

Notes

**Recipe makes about 1 2/3 cups**
**Each serving is about 1/3 cup**
Tips and Tricks for the Best Gravy
  • Use a whisk to whisk in the flour as well as the stock! This is the best way to prevent lumps from forming in the gravy.
  • Add the stock in a slow and steady stream, while also whisking to also help prevent lumps and for a smooth and creamy stock.
  • Continue to whisk the gravy as it simmers and thickens to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pot.
  • Make sure the garlic is fork tender and slightly caramelized for the best overall flavor!
  • Want the gravy to have an extra kick of richness to it? Add a splash of cream!
Make Ahead Instructions
Our gravy recipe can be made up to 4 days in advance. Once the gravy has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to use, pour the gravy into a small saucepan and simmer until heated through and thinned out.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1416mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Wedge Salad with Everything Bagel Seasoning

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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A collage of our best Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

We all know that Thanksgiving Side Dishes take the cake when it comes to the big thanksgiving meal. It’s definitely something we personally prioritize, so we wanted to dedicate a post to our favorite side dishes from the classics like stuffings, vegetables, potatoes dishes, and much more!

Our Favorite Stuffing Recipes

Stuffing is one of our absolute favorite thanksgiving side dishes and we picked a handful of recipes that we’ve made for years and years that will complete your Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Our Mushroom and Sage Stuffing is not only very easy to make, but it’s SO tasty! The mushrooms give a nice umami flavor to the stuffing and pairs so well with the super fragrant sage leaves!
  • We love our Butternut Squash, Andouille and Herb Stuffing. The soft butternut squash is a nice addition to the cubes of soft and toasty bread along with the salty andouille. Yum!
  • Our Fig Herb and Sausage Stuffing is actually my favorite stuffing ever. It’s a super savory stuffing with just bits of sweet touches from the figs and is to die for! Even if I make another stuffing, this is a thanksgiving side dish I can not live without!
  • This Apple and Fennel Stuffing is simple, a little different and packs a flavor punch! We love the subtle bits of anise flavor from the fennel and the sweet bits of apple.
  • The very first stuffing we put on the blog was this Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnuts! Not only are all the flavors delicious together, but we love the bits of crunchy texture from the hazelnuts!
Mushroom and sage stuffing in a baking dish with some in a bowl next to it.
A close up of fennel apple stuffing with a spoon.

Delicious Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Carbs (especially potatoes) are our love language. How can you even take a bite of turkey with out some kind of potato also on your fork?! They’re super versatile and make some of the best thanksgiving side dishes! From mashed potatoes, to au gratin style, in a casserole, the options with potatoes are endless!

  • Our Heavenly Mashed Potatoes is a family recipe that incorporates whipped cottage cheese for an extra creamy side dish! It might sound odd to stir cottage cheese into creamy mashed potatoes, but we promise it only makes mashed potatoes that much better! Since we also love a hint of garlic in our potatoes we simmer some minced cloves into the butter and cream mixture for a subtle but delicious garlic mashed potatoes!
  • Cheesy Potatoes Gratin are hard to beat! They’re so creamy, cheesy (with two kinds – parmesan cheese and cheddar) and delicious and never ever disappoint! This is the potato gratin recipe you’ve been looking for!
  • Mini Hasselback Potatoes might seem like a hassle to make, but we promise they’re really not hard to make at all! Plus, you are rewarded with buttery, cheesy, crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside potatoes that you can just pop into your mouth!
  • Our version of funeral potatoes is this Cheesy Potato Casserole. It’s a decadent dish that we absolutely love and the best part is that the dish is topped off with crunchy potato chips! How delicious is that?!
  • If you’re trying to sneak more greens on your thanksgiving table this year, we highly recommend our Brown Butter Colcannon. It’s one of our favorite ways to make mashed potatoes! Not only do you get to load up creamy potatoes with a bunch of kale, but the brown butter really tastes this dish over the top in the best way possible!
  • Looking for a thanksgiving side dish that’s slightly unique that everyone with love?? Our Chicken Fried Potatoes are just for you! Thin slices of potato dredged and fried up in the style of fried chicken. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Close up on a casserole dish of cheesy potatoes gratin.
Mini cheesy hasselback potatoes with one on a spoon.
  • We really love sweet potatoes and knew our Sweet Potato and Rosemary Au Gratin needed to happen and it totally hits the spot! The sweet potatoes paired with the super fragrant rosemary is one of our favorite autumnal flavor combinations ever! One of our favorite Thanksgiving dish recipes.
  • We love this super colorful Purple Mashed Sweet Potatoes side dish! Not only is the color super vibrant and fun, but it’s also super tasty!
  • We love twice baked potatoes and our Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are a fun version that is slightly sweet, savory and soooo good! It’s like eating roasted sweet potatoes and sweet potato casserole all in one single serving dish.
  • Our Cheesy Sweet Potato Fritters is another dish that should definitely make its way onto your table this year. These crispy fritters are super snackable, so you can also serve them up as a fun appetizer for really any get together!
Twice baked sweet potatoes recipe.
Cheesy sweet potato fritters on a plate with a small bowl of sauce.

Corn Recipes You Will Love!

We LOVE corn and believe it’s not just for summer! If fresh corn isn’t in season we happily grab a can or bag of frozen kernels to satisfy our corn fix. We have some of our favorite corn recipes below!

  • Who doesn’t love Creamed Corn? Our recipe is so easy to make and incredibly delicious. It also goes so well with a variety of meals and is always one of the first things to disappear from the table. It’s a ‘keep in your back pocket’ side dish recipe for sure with minimal ingredients and simple preparation.
  • Another corn dish we could eat all day long any time of the year is Korean Corn Cheese. Most popularly found at Korean barbecue restaurants, this side dish couldn’t be easier to make at home. I recommend making a double..no triple batch because it seriously is THAT good! This is the ultimate in easy thanksgiving sides.
  • Eloté Bruschetta works as both a side dish and a simple appetizer! We love serving it sans crostini as a side dish, and atop the crostini as an appetizer.
  • Corn Cakes is another favorite over here! A little sweet, spicy, savory, and cheesy. What’s not to love, am I right?
  • If you’re a non-salad, salad person our Corn Halloumi and Brown Butter Salad is for you! Bits of squeaky fried halloumi paired with luscious brown butter and sweet corn is literally a party in your mouth!
  • Our Eloté Fritters pack all the flavors of delicious elote in bite sized fritters. These make a great and unique thanksgiving side dish that will pleasantly surprise your guests!
Creamed corn in a bowl with a spoon in it on a table.
Korean corn cheese in a skillet.

All the Vegetable Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Could Want

Vegetable side dishes have a way of getting cast aside on thanksgiving, but we say no more! There are so many fun, delicious ways to serve them. We have our favorite vegetable side dishes below, that just may end upas some of your favorites!

  • Our Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin is always one of our most made thanksgiving side dishes and we get it! Not only is this dish truly delicious (cream and gruyère, yum!), but it’s also gorgeous. It always steals the show at any meal!
  • Our Creamy Baked Cauliflower is our answer to the old school green bean casserole. We made sure to top ours with crispy fried onions, because it wouldn’t be a proper creamy thanksgiving vegetable casserole without them! If you’re a fan of green bean casserole, we think you’ll love our cauliflower version!
  • If mashed potatoes aren’t your thing, try our Butternut Squash Puree with Brown Butter. It’s so so good and you can never go wrong with brown butter! We love this recipe even more because yo can also blend it up with more stock and a healthy splash of cream for the most incredible butternut squash soup!
  • Creamed Kale should definitely show up on your thanksgiving or holiday table this year! It’s rich, delicious and loaded with so much hearty and earthy kale. We also have a kale salad on the blog if that’s your thing!
  • Sick of the typical roasted brussels sprouts? Our Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is anything but typical and boring. This recipe uses thin sliced, crunchy brussels sprouts that are tossed in a pancetta and dijon mustard vinaigrette and finished with pretzel croutons.
Our best holiday side dish recipes, like this roasted root vegetable gratin.
A close up of butternut squash puree in a bowl with a spoon.
  • Our Lightly Roasted Green Beans are a simple vegetable side dish that still deserves a bunch of attention. They’re easy to make and so delicious! We use fresh green beans, not canned for optimal flavor and texture! This recipe is also one of favorite because it belongs in our easy thanksgiving side dishes category! Top with some crispy shallots for some extra flavor if you happen to have them on hand!  
  • Roasted Cauliflower is a simple and delicious side dish we love serving with virtually any meal and thanksgiving dinner is no exception!
  • We love Roasted Radishes so much! They have a subtle flavor when roasted and goes well with just about anything!
  • Root Vegetable Fritters are another appetizer or side dish recipe that we love so much!
  • Another non-potato mash dish that we love is our Cauliflower, Parsnip and Roasted Garlic Mash. It’s a little healthier and the roasted garlic adds the most incredible flavor!
  • We love delicata squash so much and get so excited to see them popping up in markets during the fall and winter months! Our Honey Roasted Delicata Squash is one of our favorite ways to prepare delicata squash. The rings get nicely caramelized and really melt in your mouth. This is a really easy sheet pan side dish!
  • We have been making our Maple Glazed Acorn Squash for years! It’s a staple thanksgiving side dish that everyone always gobbles down. If you’re intimidated by acorn squash, we promise our recipe is a great place to start! The hint of sweetness from the maple syrup is so delicious with the squash.
  • Our Citrus Sautéed Beet Stems are so simple, fresh and delicious. A true ‘greens’ dish that will help settle your stomach from all the rich and creamy dishes that we know you’ll love. It’s also the best way to make use of your beet leaves and stems!
  • Balsamic Grilled Baby Carrots are packed with flavor and a great vegetable side dish that’s good for you too!
  • Fine, cranberries aren’t a vegetable, but we snuck it in here because it wouldn’t be thanksgiving without a big batch of cranberry sauce! Our Cinnamon, star anise and orange infused cranberry sauce is easy to make and so good!
A close up of a bowl of roasted radishes.
Maple glazed roasted acorn squash on a turquoise plate with a fork.

Mac and Cheese, Please!

Yes, we definitely think mac and cheese makes a fabulous and totally necessary thanksgiving side dish. Some people think it’s excessive, but we’re definitely not “some people”. There are SO many ways to make delicious mac and cheese and we’ve listed our absolute favorites that would be perfect for thanksgiving!

  • Our Stovetop Mac and Cheese is so rich, creamy, smooth, and a little bit special because we skip the rue, so there’s no need to worry about the cheese sauce getting gritty.
  • Get your pumpkin fill this year with our Pumpkin Mac and Cheese. It’s so good and the pumpkin flavor goes perfectly with the salty cheese and fragrant thyme. Don’t skip on the toasted breadcrumbs!
  • If you want an over the top mac and cheese dish that will be gone in a flash, make our Baked Carbonara Mac and Cheese. Cheesy pasta with bacon, do we even need to say more?
  • Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is definitely a thing and it’s glorious! It’s the perfect way to sneak mac and cheese onto your table without worrying about adding another carb-filled dish to the menu!
  • Creamy Vegan Stovetop Mac and Cheese is not only a super inclusive dish, but we promise even non-vegans go nuts for this dish. It’s super smooth, creamy and still filled with delicious cheesy flavor!
  • Baked Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese is the perfect mac and cheese dish that can be totally prepped days ahead of time, covered and stored in the fridge. Just throw it in the oven before you’re ready to sit down for dinner!
  • Finally we have out Taleggio Mac and Cheese topped with Buttery Crackers. We don’t always recommend using fancy cheeses for mac and cheese, but this dish is the exception. The flavor of the ultra creamy taleggio is so good and perfect with the buttery cracker topping!
A close up of creamy baked carbonara mac and cheese.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese served into two bowls with a fork in one.

Bread and Biscuits as Thanksgiving Side Dishes? Absolutely!

We 100% consider breads and biscuits an appropriate and completely necessary for your thanksgiving menu. How else will you sop up all the delicious gravy on your plate?

  • It’s hard to beat buttery Garlic Bread. Not only is it flavor packed, but our version has a crispy top and soft and fluffy center, making it perfect for gravy sopping.
  • Sour Cream and Chive Drop Biscuits are one of our go to biscuits to make, always. The drop style of these biscuits make them so easy to make! They’re super fluffy and so yummy!
  • We love this Cheesy Herb Pull Apart Bread so much. Not only is it fun to eat, but each slice is filled with cheesy, herby, butter goodness.
  • Our Herb and Cheese Braided Star Bread can definitely be served as a thanksgiving side dish or appetizer. It might look complicated to make, but we promise you it’s actually super simple and incredibly tasty!
  • Garlic and Herb Pane Bianco is not only delicious but so pretty too! We love serving it on a large platter, partially sliced, so everyone can see the beautiful swirls as they sit down to enjoy their meal!
  • If you want more pumpkin on the table, try our Pumpkin Cornbread. It’s a deliciously savory cornbread that is loaded with so much pumpkin flavor!
  • Looking for a delicious loaf of bread to serve, but limited with time? Our Black Pepper and Parmesan Beer Bread is for you! We call it a “cheater” bread because there’s no yeast involved. It takes a fraction of the time to make, but is so delicious!!
  • Our Ham and Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits are a delicious option if you are biscuit lover. We love the hint of ham in this recipe and the slight sweetness from the buttermilk.
Herb and cheese braided star bread.
Cheesy roasted garlic and herb pane bianco with a knife.

While thanksgiving is a special time to get together with loved ones, there’s no doubt it can be stressful for the host and hostess. We hope our suggested list of thanksgiving side dishes bring some joy, relief and creatively into your kitchen!

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