Fourteen Comforting Side Dishes You Need at Thanksgiving

Fill bellies and hearts this holiday

Stuffing in a ceramic pan

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Cheesy casseroles, creamy grits, fluffy biscuits: Read on for a roundup of comforting side dishes to incorporate in this year’s menu.

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Mom’s Spinach Casserole 

Simple yet special, this side dish could very well become a tradition in your family too. Get the recipe

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Thanksgiving Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing

A holiday crowd-pleaser from Virginia’s BBQ Exchange. Get the recipe.

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Hugh Acheson’s Leek Bread Pudding

A Southern chef shares why this dish is his family’s all-time holiday favorite. Get the recipe.


Skillet Sweet Potato Cornbread 

Plus, how the North Carolina chef Stephanie Tyson sneaks sweet potatoes into her favorite dishes. Get the recipe.

photo: Margaret Houston Dominick

Karl Worley’s Family Reserve Biscuits

The Biscuit Love chef shares his go-to recipe. Get the recipe.

photo: Leigh Ann Beverly

Grits You’ll Go Nuts For

Ground pecans and roasted squash spike your grits with a taste of fall. Get the recipe.

photo: Phillip Rhodes

Cheesy Grits Casserole

One day a year, enjoy the most decadent grits ever, courtesy of Charleston chef Kevin Johnson. Get the recipe.

photo: Johnny Autry

Indian-Spiced Macaroni and Cheese

Recrafting a Southern favorite with flavors from home. Get the recipe.

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Southern Skillet Cornbread

Try this recipe from Garden & Gun’s The Southerner’s Cookbook. Get the recipe.

photo: Johnny Autry

Potpies Gone Wild 

For a surprising twist on the original, look to the region’s fall bounty of mushrooms. Get the recipe.

photo: Courtesy of Poole’s Diner

The Poole’s Diner Mac and Cheese 

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole’s Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina. Get the recipe. 

photo: Johnny Autry

Scallion Cornbread with Cheddar Cheese

A slightly Tex-Mex take on cornbread. Get the recipe.

photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Cornbread Oyster Dressing  

Chef Edward Lee shares his recipe for oyster dressing. Get the recipe.  

Find more Thanksgiving recipes:

Twelve Thanksgiving Starters

Eleven Recipes for Your Main Thanksgiving Dish

Twelve Vegetable-Packed Sides for Thanksgiving

Fourteen Thanksgiving Drinks

Seven Sauces for Thanksgiving

Twenty-Two Thanksgiving Desserts