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23 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Serve This Year

Add some down-home options to your Thanksgiving spread.
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With social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions in place, Thanksgiving will look a lot different this year. But even if your Thanksgiving table is a bit smaller than usual, you can still enjoy a down-home meal with plenty of delicious recipes.

Whether you're in the South or you're just in the mood for some homestyle cooking, we have you covered. These Southern Thanksgiving recipes are sure to please everyone at your table, even if that's not a huge crowd.

And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Southern-Style Biscuits

buttermilk biscuits on cooling rack

Move over, dinner rolls. Biscuits are the much-tastier Southern alternative, and they deserve a spot in your Thanksgiving spread.

Get our recipe for Southern-Style Biscuits

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Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups

Crispy crumb topped mac and cheese cups
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Mac and cheese is a classic Southern side, and this recipe makes individual servings perfect for a socially distant holiday gathering.

Get our recipe for Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups

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Green Bean Casserole

Vegetarian green bean casserole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a side of green beans! Our recipe uses fresh mushrooms, rather than canned soup.

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Who says coleslaw doesn't belong on a Thanksgiving table? It's a Southern delicacy when done right, and it will be one of the easiest Thanksgiving side dishes you'll prepare.

Get our recipe for Coleslaw

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

pimento cheese deviled eggs on a marble counter
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If you've never tried making deviled eggs with this Southern cheese, why not? They're the perfect appetizer or side dish to complement your Thanksgiving dinner.

Get our recipe for Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Baked Beans

Baked beans

Baked beans are often served alongside barbecue sandwiches, but we think they'd be right at home on a Thanksgiving table, too.

Get our recipe for Baked Beans

Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin

Vegetarian yukon gold & sweet potato gratin
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This cheesy dish is perfect for any family holiday. With two types of potatoes, it's the best of both worlds.

Get our recipe for a Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

mashed sweet potatoes

If you're only serving regular mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, well…why? Sweet potatoes make for just as delicious a Thanksgiving side dish.

Get our recipe for Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Potato Salad

Potato salad

You might not think of potato salad as being a Thanksgiving side dish. But if you're bored with mashed potatoes, give it a try this year!

Get our recipe for Potato Salad

Pickled Jalapeños

pickled jalapeños in bowl

There's not much kick to Thanksgiving foods like turkey and stuffing. Add a side of these peppers to your Thanksgiving table for some much-needed spice.

Get our recipe for Pickled Jalapeños

Butternut Squash Soup

whole 30 rosemary butternut squash soup
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

This light appetizer is an easy way to sneak some vegetables into your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Soup

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta

brussels sprouts with bacon and feta

We think adding bacon to this classic side dish is a distinctly Southern twist.

Get our recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Feta.


cornbread slice with honey
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

If you're already adding biscuits to your Thanksgiving table, why not serve cornbread, too. It's a Southern delicacy that's stood the test of time.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Bread Pudding

bread pudding with whipped topping
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

If you have leftover bread from your other Thanksgiving recipes, put them to good use with this creamy dessert.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy

Corn Soufflé

corn souffle in baking dish
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

If cornbread doesn't strike your fancy, what about corn soufflé? Either option is way better than creamed corn.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything


applesauce in jars
Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

For a really old-fashioned Thanksgiving side dish, try your hand at homemade applesauce. It's worth the extra effort!

Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate

Collard Greens

plate of cooked collard greens with lemon wedge
Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

You don't know what you're missing if you haven't eaten collard greens. They're packed with nutrition, and they're delicious when cooked with a bit of garlic.

Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate

Squash Casserole

squash casserole in baking dish
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Squash is an underrated casserole ingredient, and we think it deserves a chance in the spotlight this holiday season. This recipe uses cheese and crushed crackers for a down-home feel.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Pork Sausage Stuffing Cups

pork sausage stuffing cups individual servings on plate
Courtesy of Recipe Tin Eats

Forget scooping out heaps of dry stuffing from a casserole dish. Stuffing cups are easy to make and COVID-friendly. And when pork sausage is involved, you can't go wrong.

Get the recipe from Recipe Tin Eats

Pineapple Casserole

pineapple casserole with serving bowls
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

If you've never heard of pineapple casserole, you'll be blown away by this Southern delicacy. You wouldn't think canned pineapple, cheese, and Ritz crackers would go together, but it works surprisingly well.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Jello Pretzel Salad

jello pretzel salad
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

It wouldn't be a Southern (or Midwestern) Thanksgiving spread without some kind of Jello salad. This fun recipe adds pretzels for a sweet-salty combo.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

basket of pumpkin cornbread muffins
Courtesy of The View from Great Island

The only way to improve a cornbread recipe is by making pumpkin cornbread. That's just a fact!

Get the recipe from The View from Great Island

Giblet Gravy

roux gravy made with cornstarch poured on to turkey

Don't throw away those turkey giblets! Save them to make gravy to dress your bird.

Get the recipe from Betty Crocker

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