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27 Thanksgiving Hors d'Oeuvres and Sides

Who doesn’t love the holiday season and all the delicious foods it brings. If you think that side dishes are the essence of any festive dinner table, this recipe collection is made for you. Get some new ideas to step up your holiday cooking this year.
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The holiday dinner table is where the magic happens. There is something special about gathering with your friends and family around a table and sharing the delicious food we all know so well and enjoy, making new warm memories, and catching up on the year that is soon to become past.

2021 has been different for many of us in more ways than one. And it’s as essential as ever we keep our family traditions and create new ones. We are getting ready to greet the new year together stronger and wiser.

If you are lucky enough to have your family get together for a festive Thanksgiving dinner, make it even more memorable and add some new delicious holiday sides to the dinner table. Here are some of our favorite recipes to inspire you and help you step up your spread this holiday.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Cranberry, Butternut Squash & Brie Skillet Nachos

Half Baked Harvest

Not your regular nachos. With a little holiday tweak, these became a perfect appetizer to serve at a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) dinner. Just look at those gorgeous red and green colors!

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Quick Cranberry Goat Cheese Gluten Free Crostini

Cotter Crunch

An elegant appetizer for your holiday dinner table. This Quick Cranberry Goat Cheese Gluten-Free Crostini is made with roasted balsamic cranberries and sweet onion, then topped with fresh basil and balsamic glaze.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

SideChef

Only 3 ingredients and 20 minutes and you will never buy cranberry sauce again. Perfect in every way.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Olive and Artisan

How about some Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce for your Thanksgiving festivities? One of the most forgotten items on the table. The pomegranate twist won’t let you forget this one, a great addition to the classic cranberry sauce.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Cranberry Almond Roasted Broccoli

Compelled to Cook

A delicious and healthy alternative to the classic potato side dish. You will love the perfect balance of savory, sweet and crunchy.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Turkey and Cranberry Egg Rolls

Cooking with Tovia

Another not-so-classic holiday appetizer your family will love. You can either air-fry or deep fry these festive turkey egg rolls.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Classic Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

SideChef

There's nothing more comforting than a mouthful of creamy mashed potatoes, and this classic recipe has a secret ingredient that guarantees the fluffiest results imaginable.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes

SideChef

A sweet and fragrant must-have side at any holiday dinner table.

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Savory Sweet Potato Crumble

LideyLikes

A combination of two Thanksgiving favorites you always wanted. Sweet potato mash with cheesy bread-crumb and stuffing topping.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

SideChef

What's Thanksgiving without stuffing, right? Besides being really easy to make, this super simple classic is pretty budget-friendly, too.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels

Snowflakes & Coffeecakes

Everybody’s favorite bite-sized appetizer with a Thanksgiving twist. Make these for your Friendsgiving or as a fun appetizer to serve before dinner.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Bacon-Braised Kale with Toasted Hazelnuts

TheGrumpyPig

It goes so well with the classic turkey and adds a little twist to your traditional festive dinner table. Guaranteed to become a family favorite and to impress your guests.

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Beyond Kimchee

Wow your friends and family with these beautiful dinner rolls. They are anything but boring!

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Butternut Squash Salad with Red Apple Balsamic

Lemons and Basil

There’s always a place for some green fresh crunch at the Thanksgiving table. And this spinach and romaine salad with red apple balsamic vinaigrette is a great choice.

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Roasted Brussels Sprout with Acorn Squash and Quinoa

Lemons and Basil

Roasted Brussels sprouts, caramelized acorn squash, and red quinoa loaded with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Absolutely delicious!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Glazed Spiced Pecans

Garlic & Zest

Faintly sweet and absolutely addictive, these glazed spiced pecans are a great accompaniment to a holiday cocktail.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa

Lemons and Basil

This Delicata Squash with Dried Cranberries and Quinoa makes for a healthy, easy lunch on its own or a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving spread!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Warm Butternut Squash Dip with Gruyere and Pistachios

Feed Me Phoebe

Not having to peel any gourds is just one of the many reasons to love this cheesy Warm Butternut Squash Dip.

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

The Edgy Veg

This Butternut Squash Mac and cheese is the perfect dish for any holiday and is really simple to make.

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Green Bean Casserole with Tempura Onion Strings

Vodka & Biscuits

Step up your green bean casserole game using homemade mushroom cream soup and tempura-battered onion strings.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Orange Spiced Maple Glazed Carrots

SideChef

Quick and easy side to bring flavor and color to your holiday dinner table.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Brussels Sprout Gratin

SideChef

All the creamy decadence of a Classic Potato Gratin, but thanks to the Brussels Sprouts, this dish is a little lighter - perfect for offsetting the other heavy-hitters on the holiday table.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Oh Bite It

A total game-changer, these jalapeno cornbread poppers are both delicious and fun to serve.

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Mom Loves Baking

Creamy, cheesy, and bacony, it’s a unique little appetizer that keeps you coming back for more. Looks lovely and is sure to please at a party.

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Lemon Rosemary Brussels Sprouts

Vodka & Biscuits

Roasted Lemon Rosemary Brussels Sprouts seasoned with salt and pepper, then dressed with a light and simple dressing. Healthy and delicious!

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