5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Made Easy

One week until Thanksgiving! If you haven't already gotten everything planned out, that's okay! It's the perfect time to start getting those last-minute things in order, including, of course, the menu.

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Whether you're having turkey, ham, or something less conventional, you're going to want the right things to go with it, and if you're still stumped on what you want to make or bring to your favorite Thanksgiving dinner, here are some amazing side dishes collected from around the web you won't want to miss, including tricks to help turn them into super easy projects.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Country Living

In this recipe from Country Living, everyone's favorite starchy side-dish gets a makeover into a two-step, set-it-and-forget-it style cooking project, one you can largely leave to its own devices!


  • 4 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4c chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1c sour cream
  • 1/3c fresh chives
  • 1/2c warm milk
  • pepper to taste


  1. Put potatoes, stock, and salt in a slow cooker and cook until tender (about 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low).
  2. Drain potatoes and return to slow cooker. Add sour cream and mash to desired consistency.
  3. Stir in chives, milk, salt, and pepper.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes from Woman's Day

Mmm, there's something special about sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, and this recipe from Woman's Day makes it a snap to serve amazing sweet potatoes because you can prep them up to two days beforehand and finish them up day-of in just 10 minutes!


  • 8 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt
  • optional: 2 large eggs & 1/2c granulated sugar for meringue OR 1 bag mini marshmallows for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Rub sweet potatoes with oil & pierce several times with fork.
  3. Roast until tender (around 45 minutes) and allow to cool.
  4. Cut the top off of each potato (lengthwise), scoop out the inside, and transfer the soft potato to a bowl.
  5. Place the empty skins onto a baking sheet.
  6. Mix potatoes and spices, then scoop the mixture into each skin.
  7. At this point, you can cover and store these in the fridge for up to 2 days!
  8. When you're ready to serve, warm the potatoes in the microwave (2 minutes) or in the oven (10 minutes), then top with marshmallows or meringue and broil for 1-2 minutes or until topping is brown.

Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls

Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls from Country Living

Oh, the smell of freshly-baked bread is near the top of the list for best smells in the world, and these rolls from Country Living are a quick bread that will immediately make you feel like you're in a bakery without making you feel like you work in a bakery.


  • 1/2c unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4oz package of active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2c warm water
  • 4c self-rising flour (leveled)
  • 2/3c tender herbs (parsley, dill, chives, etc)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Butter 2 muffin pans.
  3. Combine yeast, sugar, water, and let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour batter into muffin pans & bake until golden (20-25 minutes).

Cheesy Baked Green Beans

Best Cheesy Baked Green Beans from Delish

Green beans and green bean casserole have been a staple on a lot of Thanksgiving tables for years, but these green beans from Delish are a step up with a cheese crust you'll be tempted to eat before you serve.


  • 2 lbs green beans, ends removed
  • 1/2c heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1c mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3c freshly grated Parmesan
  • salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Put green beans in a shallow dish.
  3. Pour cream over beans and scatter garlic and lemon zest.
  4. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Bake until beans are tender and cheese is melted.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms from The Cooking Channel

Opinions on mushrooms tend to be pretty varied--some people love them and some people, well, don't. But if you're a mushroom lover or you know someone who is, this option from the Cooking Channel will be a treat, and it's about as quick and painless as you can imagine.


  • Canola oil
  • Cremini mushrooms (stems removed, cut into 6ths)
  • Chopped thyme
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Heat oil in a saute pan.
  2. Saute mushrooms until soft.
  3. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper.

Anyone suddenly feeling hungry? It might be time to try out a few of these recipes a little early--you know, for practice. Enjoy!


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