10 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but don't stress if you haven't started planning your menu beyond the turkey. We've got 10 great side dishes that might just steal the spotlight away from the main course superstar.


Plus: 50 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes and 6 DIY Thanksgiving Table-Setting Ideas


1. Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing

Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing recipe from CountryLiving.comBrandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing recipe from CountryLiving.com

This isn't your average stuffing. Brandy, dried cranberries, and sweet potatoes offer the perfect contrast to the savory sausage and cornbread stuffing.


Get the recipe: Brandied Cranberry and Sweet Potato Stuffing


2. Buttermilk Cornbread


Buttermilk Cornbread from Country LivingButtermilk Cornbread from Country Living

Rich and sweet with a tender crumble, buttermilk cornbread is an ideal side either on its own or dipped in homemade gravy.

Get the recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread


3. Acorn Squash

Acorn Square recipe from CountryLiving.comAcorn Square recipe from CountryLiving.com

Bring fall's glorious colors and farm-stand flavors to your table in the form of roasted acorn squash brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sage leaves and cinnamon.

Get the recipe: Acorn Squash


4. Cauliflower alla Parmigiana

Cauliflower alla Parmigiana recipe from CountryLiving.com

This Italian-inspired side dish is exquisitely simple.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower alla Parmigiana


5. Cranberry-Ginger Sauce

Cranberry-Ginger Sauce recipe from CountryLiving.comCranberry-Ginger Sauce recipe from CountryLiving.com

Make fresh cranberry sauce in three easy steps.


Get the recipe: Cranberry-Ginger Sauce


6. French Green Beans with Butter Sauce and Crispy Leeks

French Green Beans with Butter Sauce and Crispy Leeks recipe from CountryLiving.com

Put a new spin on traditional green bean casserole with a rich butter sauce and crispy leeks.


Recipe: French Green Beans with Butter Sauce and Crispy Leeks


7. Tom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Tom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

This simple, buttery, five-ingredient mashed potato recipe is inspired by New York City chef Tom Valenti.


Get the recipe: Tom's Perfect Mashed Potatoes


8. Pear, Chestnut, and Sage Dressing


Pear, Chestnut, and Sage Dressing recipe from CountryLiving.com

Holiday flavors come together in a stuffing that features pears, chestnuts, and sage.


Get the recipe: Pear, Chestnut, and Sage Dressing


9. Creamed Pearl Onions

Creamed Pearl Onions recipe from CountryLiving.com

Lightly coated with a thyme-infused sauce, Creamed Pearl Onions are a satisfying side dish.


Get the recipe: Creamed Pearl Onions


10. Candied Yams with Apples

Candied Yams with Apples recipe from CountryLiving.com

This scrumptious Southern side has three easy steps: chop, toss, and bake.


Get the recipe: Candied Yams with Apples



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