Holiday Dinner Sides – Easy Make Ahead Family Dinner Side Dish Ideas and Recipes For a Hungry Crowd

Holiday Dinner Side Dishes

Super Quick & Simple Side Dishes For Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinner, Lunch, Potluck or Family Gathering (perfect sides for a crowd) –

Let me share with you some of our favorite insanely GOOD Holiday dinner side dishes– these are all easy make ahead recipes for a crowd  and most of these side dishes travel well too. Perfect sides to go with your turkey, ham, roast or any meat at your holiday dinner table or family meal buffet. See recipes for vegetable side dishes, casserole recipes, side dishes you can make in your slow cooker or crockpot, traditional side dish ideas, and some healthy Thanks giving dinner side dish ideas as well.

Holiday dinner side dishes - easy make ahead sides for a crowd at Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, potluck or family gathering. Simple recipes and ideas with vegetables, potatoes, stuffing / dressing - crockpot and Instant Pot sides too!

Easy Side Dishes For Turkey

Let’s look at our 10 favorite Thanksgiving sides that are all great side dishes for turkey (or ham). My family has voted these the BEST side dishes and I agree because I not only think they are super delicious also, but these are MAKE AHEAD sides (hooray for not feeling SO overwhelmed during the holidays!)

Now I always make my Grandma’s recipes for Holiday dinners – especially her cornbread dressing – it is SO good and a serious comfort food for me!

Here’s her recipe if you’d like to pin it and save it for later:

Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe for a Crowd

That’s not really an EASY stuffing recipe, but it is SO good.

I’ll show you a super simple stuffing recipe you can make in your Instant Pot down below.

Let’s get back to quick and EASY turkey side dish ideas…

All these easy recipes below are insanely good – SO good, in fact, that you will WANT to have leftovers– but you won’t because your crowd will devour them!

Before we jump into the main side dishes for Thanksgiving, why not set out a cheese and cracker tray for your guests to snack on before the meal is served?

This is an adorable idea for a Thanksgiving cheese tray – it’s shaped like a turkey!

Thanksgiving food ideas for a crowd - fun and easy Thanksgiving snacks and side dishes for your Holiday party or family dinner

Holiday Dinner Side Dish Recipes

Below are some of our favorite make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes and easy Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes that are perfect for a crowd or any family dinner.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides

Ok, let’s get the recipes for our picks for Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides. We think these are the easiest make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes you can make the day before Thanksgiving and some you can make last minute. All of these side dish recipes travel well so plan to TAKE them to your family Thanksgiving gathering or potluck.

And let me tell ya – these are serious crowd pleasing side dishes so be prepared to be requested to make them EVERY Thanksgiving from here on out.

Best Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Green bean casserole has always been a traditional Thanksgiving side at our table for years and years. Sadly, it’s becoming one of the 25 nearly forgotten Thanksgiving side dishes!

Let’s put it BACK on the table again with this super simple, best EVER green bean casserole recipe:

Instant Pot Sausage Sage Stuffing

Ever wondered if you could cook stuffing in an Instant Pot? Oh yes you can!

And this Instant Pot Sausage Sage Stuffing recipe is insanely good!

Instant Pot stuffing recipes - this Instant Pot Sausage Sage Stuffing is such an EASY Thanksgiving side dish recipes - easy make ahead stuffing for a crowd - see ALL top 10 easy Thanksgiving sides for a crowd that travel well AND you can make the night / day before your holiday meal (dinner, lunch, potluck and all family gatherings)

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Potatoes

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes ideas - Roasted Garlic and Lemon Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Duchess Potatoes recipe – golden crusted, creamy duchess potatoes with sweet roasted garlic and a hint of lemon.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Meal Planning: Side Dishes - Looking for an alternative to mashed potatos and other easy Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishes? These make ahead side dishes are perfect for a crowd

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole – this side dish is AMAZING! It’s filled with potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon and more. It’s easy too – definitely a new family favorite!

Glazed Baby Carrots

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Ideas - Glazed Baby Carrots Recipe

This recipe doubles (and triples and quadruples) beautifully, making it a really quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish. I use baby carrots so that I don’t waste valuable time peeling and chopping more than I have to, but you can swap in sliced carrots if you prefer. With just about five minutes of hands on time, these couldn’t be quicker or easier to make!

Sweet Potato Casserole Souffle

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Looking for sweet potatoes Thanksgiving side dishes? This Sweet Potato Souffle is a delicious sweet potato casserole with brown sugar pecan topping. My FAVORITE easy thanksgiving side dish.

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Ideas - Squash Casserole Recipe

Made this for Thanksgiving last year and everyone loved it! I sauteed the squash and onion with parsley, basil, and butter in a large skillet. I altered the recipe a little and substituted the 1 cup mayo for 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. I also sprinkled crumbled Ritz crackers on top. I found that it needed to cook at least 45 minutes. It was very good, I will definitely be making it again!

Parmesan Potato Stacks

Meal planning vegetable side dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sunday dinner or any family meal? These easy side dish recipes are perfect for a crowd and a great alternative to mashed potatoes

Parmesan Rosemary Potato Stacks – An easy but impressive potato side dish recipe! Perfect for Thanksgiving or the holidays.

Slow Cooker Cornbread Dressing

Crock pot slow cooker side dishes - easy side dishes you can make ahead in your crowckpot slow cooker - easy thanksgiving side dishes - cornbread dressing stuffing for cheap Thanksgiving side dishes for a crowd

How about some easy side dishes you can make in your crockpot? This slow cooker cornbread dressing recipe is a simple and delicious southern cornbread dressing made in the slow cooker. Make the cornbread ahead of time for easy meal prep. Takes minutes to assemble and is ready in about 4 hours. Perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes - Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are incredibly easy to make! With a hint of garlic and parmesan cheese, this will become your favorite recipe. 

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