6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day


Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt.

These simple sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks.

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This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star.

Delish dishes up an easy-to-make cranberry sauce that turns out right every time.

Time required: 25 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

Just because a dish looks fancy, doesn't mean it's complicated to make. Country Living raised the bar with this elegant and easy French green bean side.

Time required: 30 minutes

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound haricots verts (French green beans)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

Directions:

Martha always knows how to add flavor and simplicity to any Thanksgiving feast. Her Mini Cornbread Puddings will steal the show at this year's event.

Time required: 40 minutes

Serves 24

Ingredients:

  • Butter for greasing 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed

Directions:

This nutty, buttery sweet potato casserole recipe from Taste of Home truly symbolizes a Southern Christmas dinner.

Time required: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (40 ounces each) sweet potatoes, drained
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Directions:

Giada De Laurentiis with Food Network created this delicious and hearty root vegetable recipe that will satisfy even the pickiest palate.

Time required: 1 hour

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 pound red potatoes, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 3 medium parsnips, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Not only are these tasty wraps from Damn Delicious damn good, they're super easy to make and take only 15 minutes to prepare.

Time required: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces prosciutto, sliced and halved horizontally
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

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