Thanksgiving Side Dishes: 50+ easy, colorful recipes to impress your guests

When planning your Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to serve colorful, tasty side dishes. We have selected 50+ classic and modern recipes such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and casseroles.

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A good Thanksgiving dinner is nothing if you do not serve the roast turkey with easy, colorful side dishes. If you want to impress your guests with delicious recipes, don't miss our selection of 50+ classic, tasty Thanksgiving side dishes made with vegetables, sauces, casseroles, sweet potatoes, squash, soups and fall salads.
When planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu, don't forget the side dishes. These are tasty recipes that you can even make ahead, so no excuses! During this holiday, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce or green bean casserole cannot be missing from the table.

Whether you're looking for classic holiday dishes or modern, tasty recipes to impress your guests with your culinary skills, these Thanksgiving side dishes are exactly what you need.

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Classic Thanksgiving Sides

1. Cranberry Sauce: the sweet-tart recipe for a classic Thanksgiving side dish
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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a side of homemade cranberry sauce to dollop over your roast turkey. This classic Thanksgiving recipe is incredibly easy to make and even more delicious than the canned cranberry sauce you can find in stores. It also adds a fantastic sweet-tart flavor that's a perfect complement to all the savory items on the table.

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2. Sweet Potato Casserole: a creamy, delicious casserole to serve this autumn
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With its gorgeously creamy texture and crunchy, buttery pecan topping, sweet potato casserole is one of our favorite casseroles to whip up in the fall. It's a sweet, rich casserole that you can serve as soon as the leaves start falling off the trees.

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3. Green Bean Casserole: the hearty, delicious holiday side dish to serve this Thanksgiving
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While roast turkey is often the star of Thanksgiving dinner, it's the spread of side dishes that help make this holiday meal special. One classic side dish that no Thanksgiving dinner should be without is green bean casserole. It's made with its perfectly tender yet crisp green beans cooked in a rich, creamy mushroom sauce, and topped with crispy fried onions.

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4. Mashed Potatoes: the best-ever recipe for perfect mashed potatoes
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If you're searching for a crowd-pleasing side dish that the whole family will love, look no further than these easy homemade mashed potatoes. Any holiday or family dinner will be made even better with a bowl of creamy homemade mashed potatoes on the table. They're an incredible side dish to serve on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter or occasions where you're feeding a large group.

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5. Cornbread: the best recipe for tender, moist homemade cornbread
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Cornbread is a classic quick bread that's a staple in Southern cooking. No barbecue or cookout is complete without a plate of homemade cornbread. This tasty bread is popular all over the US, thanks to its wonderfully buttery, rich corn flavor and fluffy, moist texture.

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6. Turkey Gravy: the delicious Thanksgiving recipe using pan drippings
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It's Thanksgiving Day, and your table is set with a beautifully, delicious dishes. The only thing you need to complete your perfect Thanksgiving dinner? Turkey gravy, of course!

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Vegetable Thanksgiving Sides

7. Roasted Vegetables: the effortless recipe for a delicious, healthy side dish
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For a healthy, flavorful side dish that will go with just about any main dish, there's nothing better than roasted vegetables. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, tender on the inside, oven-roasted vegetables are the perfect nutritious side dish to make with everything from roasts to pasta, stews, casseroles, burgers, and more.

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8. Mashed Cauliflower: the delicious recipe for a creamy low-carb side dish
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If you've been searching for an easy, nutritious, low-carb side dish you can serve for any occasion, this creamy mashed cauliflower recipe is perfect for you! Cauliflower mash is a low-carb, keto-friendly dish you can serve on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or enjoy whenever you fancy.

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9. Roasted Brussels Sprouts: the effortless recipe for a nutritious, tasty side dish
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With their crispy, savory outside, and tender, almost sweet insides, there's nothing like a side of perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner. This delicious, healthy recipe for Brussels sprouts is a baked version of the classic sautéed Brussels sprouts recipe, and it's just as easy to make – all you need to do is toss the Brussels sprouts with some garlic, olive, salt, and pepper, then add a little parmesan halfway through baking.

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10. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: the effortless recipe for perfect mashed potatoes
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If you've been looking for an easy recipe for the best-tasting mashed potatoes, your search is over. This Instant Pot mashed potato recipe is the easiest way to make beautifully buttery, creamy mashed potatoes that your whole family will love. It's a faster recipe than regular mashed potatoes thanks to the Instant Pot.

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11. Baked Sweet Potato: an effortless recipe for a healthy, satisfying dish
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With perfectly crispy, crunchy skin and wonderfully soft, fluffy insides, baked sweet potatoes are a super easy healthy dish to make. They're a great side dish or you can add toppings or stuff them with anything from black beans to lentils to make a complete meal. They even taste great with a simple pat of butter melted over the top.

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12. Garlic Creamed Spinach: the effortless recipe for a creamy dish made with spinach
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Garlic creamed spinach is a simple yet delicious recipe you can serve as side. Creamy, garlicky and tasty, it's a hearty dish which will win you over. You need few simple ingredients to make creamed spinach in less than 15 minutes that is much butter than the store-bought.

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13. Candied Yams: the irresistible recipe for a classic Southern Thanksgiving dish
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With a rich, buttery, perfectly sweet flavor seasoned beautifully with warming baking spices, there's nothing like tasty tender candied yams with your Thanksgiving dinner. This classic dish is a staple recipe for Southern Thanksgiving dinners, and it's super easy to make.

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14. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes: the easy and crispy recipe
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This easy-to-make recipe for Rosemary Roasted Potatoes results in potatoes that are perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside. The key is oven-baking potatoes on a baking sheet with plenty of seasoning for flavorful potatoes that your family will not be able to get enough of! This well-rounded recipe offers roasted rosemary potatoes in two ways.

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15. Candied Carrots: a healthy recipe with a divine flavor, try them!
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If you’re looking for an easy-to-make but tasty side dish for your Easter feast (or at any time of the year), then look no further than these candied carrots.

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16. Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli: the quick and easy side recipe
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Roasted garlic lemon broccoli is an easy and healthy side dish you can make in no time. Broccoli florets are crispy, flavorful and bright green in color. Simply roast the broccoli with garlic cloves, olive oil, then season and squeeze in lemon juice to dampen the strong flavor of the broccoli.

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17. Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots: the quick and easy side dish
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Are your plain carrot sides getting a bit boring? These garlic butter roasted carrots are just the thing to get you enthusiastic about side dishes again!

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18. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts: A Fast Vegetarian Side Dish to Make this Fall
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Sautéed Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. This recipe transforms your favorite crucefirous vegetables into a charred and flavorful vegetarian side dish everyone will love. Instead of roasting in the oven, use just a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat on your stove to achieve the perfect texture and flavor on your Brussels.

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19. Roasted Butternut Squash: simple and delicious side dish
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Roasted butternut squash is an easy side dish recipe perfect for fall.

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20. Whole Roasted Cauliflower: the low-carb recipe popular among chefs
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Because cauliflower is naturally low-carb and keto-friendly, this recipe is not only easy but healthy too! Recipes for Whole Roasted Cauliflower have become quite popular among chefs and it can be served as both a side or a main dish.

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21. Smashed Potatoes: the effortless recipe to enjoy a tasty potato side dish
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Move over roast potatoes, there’s a new favorite in town. These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are cooked twice, making them perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. The flavor is buttery with just the right amount of savory. And the best of all? They’re super easy to make!

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22. Roasted Pumpkin: the vegan side dish perfect for fall holidays
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This easy, basic recipe for roasted pumpkin wedges is just what you need this fall season. At this time of year, it’s all about entertaining and spending time with friends and family. So why not make this versatile Thanksgiving side dish that requires little effort with a huge payoff! Roasting the pumpkin gives it a nutty, yet slightly sweet flavor. The surface of the pumpkin is crispy, while the inside remains soft and tender.

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23. Stuffed Acorn Squash: a fabulous low-carb hearty dish for the holidays
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With its sweet, nutty, savory flavor, stuffed acorn squash is an incredibly nutritious, wholesome low-carb dish to serve up this holiday season. Fall is squash season, so it's the ideal opportunity to enjoy acorn squash, a delicious small winter gourd that boasts a heavenly mild nutty flavor.

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24. Sautéed Spinach: a versatile, nutritious side dish to make in no time
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Looking for a nutritious side you can whip up in no time? Sautéed spinach is the perfect side recipe for you! Made with just a few ingredients, this healthy, delicious dish is a great way to add more veggies to your diet. Sautéeing the spinach helps preserve nutrients and keeps the spinach's vibrant green color.

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25. Creamed Corn: the quick, easy recipe everyone will love
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Creamed corn is a quick, easy recipe you can enjoy as side. Ready in less than 15 minutes, this is a great last-minute dish that will save your meal. It's is creamy and tasty, a perfect recipe to enjoy all year long, from weeknight to holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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26. Sautéed Green Beans: a fast, healthy side dish for any occasion
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Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, sautéed green beans are a delicious, easy side dish that goes with just about anything. This healthy veggie dish takes under ten minutes to make, so they're perfect when you need to whip up a nutritious, tasty side dish on the fly.

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27. Brussels Sprouts Gratin: the effortless, tasty side dish recipe
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin is an easy, hearty side dish recipe perfect for the holidays. Gratin is simply a fancy term used to describe a technique whereby an ingredient is topped with cheese (and sometimes breadcrumbs) and then baked until golden. The sprouts are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. It also has a cheesy, crispy crust.

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28. Spinach Gratin: the mouthwatering recipe for a creamy, delicious side dish
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No matter what you cook as the main dish for the holidays, you'll need to serve up some tasty sides to make a complete meal. Spinach gratin is a fantastic side dish to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas, thanks to its mouthwatering cheesy, buttery, savory flavor.

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Casseroles and Stuffings

29. Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows: a classic Thanksgiving side dish you’ll love
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Perfectly delicious, creamy, and rich sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that has been popular for decades. It started as a dessert and over time, has become a must-have side dish to accompany roasted turkey, gravy, and green bean casserole.

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30. Macaroni and Cheese: the creamy comfort food for baked mac and cheese
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This is the hands-down best homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe around. Also known as mac and cheese in Canada and USA, it's decadently cheesy, deliciously creamy, and oh-so comforting. The beauty of this simple recipe is that it's easy to prepare and boasts amazing flavor thanks to the mouthwatering blend of sharp cheddar and Gruyere cheese. It's something you can serve for a hearty dinner or as a holiday side dish – your friends and family will love it.

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31. Cornbread Stuffing: a mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipe to try this year
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Moist, tender, crumbly sausage cornbread stuffing is a must-have for any Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffing is a much-loved traditional Thanksgiving side dish that's easy to make and is packed with flavor. Sausage cornbread stuffing is herby, savory, with just a hint of sweetness thanks to the cornbread.

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32. Corn Pudding: the creamy side dish for your holiday dinner
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Corn pudding is a buttery, gluten-free Southern side dish that's great to make for the holidays and other special occasions, especially Thanksgiving. Made with creamed corn, corn kernels, butter, milk, and seasoned with various spices, corn pudding has the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and savory – just like grandma's. It's technically a casserole with a creamy custard-like texture on the inside and a crisp outside.

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33. Cauliflower Casserole: the vegetarian recipe for a creamy, cheesy casserole dish
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Cauliflower casserole is an easy, vegetarian, and super tasty side recipe. Perfect for any occasion, it's creamy, smooth and cheesy on the inside, while the panko gives a crispy texture to the topping.

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34. Cauliflower Stuffing: a vegetarian stuffing recipe for a Thanksgiving side dish recipe 
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Stuffing is a staple side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, but not everyone is keen on the heavy, bread-based version that graces so many holiday tables. So what do you do if you need a delicious alternative? Make cauliflower stuffing! This healthy, low-carb vegetarian cauliflower stuffing recipe is ideal for Thanksgiving, even if you're on a keto diet.

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35. Oyster Stuffing: an easy recipe for a delicious Southern Thanksgiving dish
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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without stuffing. There are endless recipes for homemade stuffing but one of our favorites has to be oyster stuffing. It's made with salty, savory oysters, sausage, fresh herbs, and hearty bread. Very popular in coastal areas where oysters are usually cheaper, this oyster stuffing tastes amazing with turkey, so it's perfect for holiday dinners such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Thanksgiving Salads

36. Carrot Raisin Salad: the tasty recipe for a crunchy, sweet, tangy appetizer 
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Homemade carrot raisin salad is always a hit. Perfectly crunchy, wonderfully sweet with a hint of tanginess, it's a great salad to serve up at picnics, potlucks, or any time you need to feed a crowd.

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37. Green Bean Salad: a healthy, fresh side dish for summertime
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Tender yet crunchy green bean salad is a phenomenal side dish to serve this summer. This delicious, healthy salad is served cold, making it perfect for hot weather. Made with crisp green beans, tomatoes, crumbled feta and chopped black olives tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, this easy green bean salad refreshes with every bite.

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38. Caesar Salad: the tasty recipe for the classic Caesar salad with dressing
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The Caesar salad is a classic salad made of romaine lettuce, crispy croutons, tender, smoky chicken breast, and parmesan cheese. Caesar salad is usually served with a creamy dressing made of lemon juice, oil, egg, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce and spices as it perfectly balances texture and tangy, savory flavors.

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39. Roquefort Pear Salad: the simple salad recipe for a special occasion
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Roquefort Pear Salad is an easy, healthy recipe to try during the cold seasons. You can whip it up in no time and serve it as a gourmet dish to your guests for your next dinner party or potluck. You only need a few ingredients to prepare this salad. The tangy blue cheese and vinaigrette go well with sweet, fruity pears. The walnuts are perfect for creating a crunchy texture that contrasts with the creaminess of the dressing.

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40. Broccoli Bacon Salad: the phenomenal recipe for an easy healthy side dish
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Creamy broccoli salad with bacon is a sensationally tasty dish that everyone will love. This is a brilliant recipe to serve for the broccoli skeptic in your life: the tantalizing combination of savory bacon and red onion combined with a hint of sweet raisins and a mouthwateringly red wine vinegar-mayonnaise dressing make broccoli bacon salad hard to resist. Even the most broccoli-averse folks out there will be converted. It's effortless to prepare, so you can throw this simple salad together if you need a quick, delicious side dish for your table.

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41. Waldorf Salad: the classic recipe recipe for a creamy fruit and nut salad
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Waldorf salad is a great American classic, an easy fruit and nut salad recipe everyone loves. You can serve it any time of the year even as a dessert, especially during Thanksgiving and winter holidays when apples and walnuts are in season.

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42. Pomegranate Salad: the simple recipe for an elegant holiday salad
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Pomegranate salad has it all – this beautiful yet simple salad is sweet, salty, and tart, and has a fantastic crunchy texture thanks to the pomegranate seeds and candied pecans. It's a stunning salad to serve for the holidays and is sure to impress your guests, thanks to the jewel-like look of the pomegranate seeds.

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Thanksgiving Soups

43. Butternut Squash Soup: a cozy vegan soup recipe to warm you when it’s cold
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Make the most of seasonal autumn produce with this phenomenally delicious butternut squash soup. It's an easy-to-make vegan soup with a luscious creamy, velvety texture that's perfect for warming you up during chilly fall and winter evenings.

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44. Cauliflower Leek Soup: the delicious recipe for a healthy comforting soup
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There's nothing like a hearty, comforting soup, especially when the weather begins to get chilly. This mouthwatering cauliflower leek soup is both simple to make and healthy, packed with nutritious vegetables and made entirely without dairy. It's a paleo and keto-friendly soup that can easily be made vegan with a few tweaks. Its rich, creamy texture comes from the tender cauliflower florets and it's hearty enough to be eaten as a filling appetizer or side, or as a light main meal. Serve it with plenty of crusty bread or dinner rolls – creamy cauliflower leek soup is so delicious you'll definitely want something to mop it up with!

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45. Pumpkin Soup: the delicious, healthy recipe without cream
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It’s pumpkin season! And while we love all things flavored with pumpkin, the season tends to be tough for the waistline. So you’ll be happy to know that this pumpkin soup is made without cream. It's low in calories, and is full of vitamins. It’s perfect for the fall season and holidays such as Thanksgiving, but because it’s so healthy, you don’t have to feel guilty if you’re having a second helping.

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46. Pureed soup of sweet potatoes: the recipe for delicious and simple autumnal comfort food
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The pureed soup of sweet potatoes is a warm and comforting autumnal first course. These tuberous roots, also called American or sugary potatoes, are characterized by their firm and compact pulp and a beautiful orange color and by the irresistible flavor that recalls a mix of pumpkin and chestnuts. In our recipe, very simple and quick to prepare, they are cooked in vegetable broth and then blended until you will get a thick and creamy puree. The final garnish of the crispy bacon and croutons will give flavor and crunchiness to the dish, balancing taste and compactness. A perfect comfort food for a home dinner, when you want something that warms and invigorates, but also for an elegant and special occasion. So let’s find out how to prepare it by rigourosly following all the steps.

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Bread Thanksgiving Sides

47. Potato Rolls: the super soft, moist roll recipe made with mashed potatoes
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Potato rolls are a tasty, pull-apart side dish recipe you can serve with any meal during holidays such as Thanksgiving. They're fluffy, super soft yet moist thanks to mashed potatoes. The golden brown top is shiny and crisp because of butter and honey.

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48. Garlic Knots: the best recipe for this simple savory side
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Homemade garlic knots are an amazingly delicious appetizer the whole family will love. This tasty side dish takes virtually no time at all to make – within 20 minutes, you'll have a warm batch of soft golden brown garlic knots to enjoy with your main meal. Ultra-fluffy and topped with lashings of garlic herb butter, these garlic knots are light, fluffy, and perfect with everything from Italian dishes like pasta in tomato sauce or your favorite roasts, stews, and soups. Because they're so easy to make, this recipe is a fantastic choice if you're looking to introduce your kids to cooking. You can also serve garlic knots at dinner parties or enjoy them as a snack.

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49. Skillet Cornbread: the best recipe for a classic Southern side dish
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No barbecue or potluck is complete without a side of homemade skillet cornbread. With its light, fluffy texture and a sweet yet savory flavor, skillet cornbread is a versatile side dish that goes with just about anything. It's great with grilled chicken, baby back ribs, pulled pork, grilled sausage, and more. It's a classic Southern side dish that's perfect for summer, but don't be surprised if you make this easy skillet cornbread all year round.

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50. Cornbread Muffins: the tender, sweet side recipe from South
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Cornbread muffins are a versatile Southern side dish you can pair with any meal – both sweet and savory. Super quick and easy to make, they're tender, moist in texture, and slightly sweet in flavor. Lighter and fluffier than a traditional cornbread, serve these tasty corn muffins fresh from the oven for your weeknight dinner together with chili or as a hearty holiday side – especially at Thanksgiving. You can even enjoy them at breakfast with honey, jam or butter.

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51. Pumpkin Bread Rolls: the simple recipe for pumpkin dinner rolls
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It’s pumpkin season! And we’re looking forward to enjoying all things that celebrate the fall season… which means lots of pumpkin recipes. This pumpkin bread roll recipe is one with a difference. Not only does it taste like pumpkin, but it also looks like little pumpkins!

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