5 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Sides


The big day is quickly approaching! If your Thanksgiving menu still needs a few more dishes to round it out, then look no further. These 5 craveable sides look impressive, taste amazing, and can be whipped up in 45 minutes or less. Whether you’re looking for a salad that can hold its own on the table or a simpler alternative to pie, these dishes are here to save the day.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Goat cheese and cream make these 4-ingredient mashed potatoes from Southern Living Magazine velvety and irresistible. Be sure not to over-mash the potatoes or the texture will end up thick and gluey. For the best texture, use a potato ricer to rice the hot potatoes right over the goat cheese. The heat from the potatoes will make combining the ingredients much easier.


Winter Greens Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

This crowd-pleasing salad from Food & Wine Magazine and Melissa Clark is dressed in an addictive, fresh herb and buttermilk dressing (which can easily be made the day before!). The key is to pick sturdy winter greens like kale and radicchio that stand up to the dressing without getting wilty and soggy at the table.


Blistered Green Beans with Tomato-Almond Pesto

Switch up the standard green bean casserole with these crisp-tender blistered green beans tossed with a vibrant cherry tomato sauce from Bon Appetit Magazine. The sauce, which is a spin on a classic romesco, has added body and crunch from ground almonds and a touch of smoky spice from paprika.


Cauliflower Gratin

Leave it to Martha Stewart to create this elegant and surprisingly simple side dish with cauliflower and a generous flurry of parmesan cheese. The creamy sauce is a mixture of cheese, cream and flour and the whole thing thickens in the oven and helps bind the gratin. If you’re doubling or tripling this recipe for a big crowd, bake it in a wide, shallow baking dish so there is more surface area for the crunchy browned topping.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait

Pie is a project and if baking just isn’t your thing, then whip up these simple parfaits from Rachael Ray. The creamy filling involves mixing whipped cream (we prefer fresh) and smooth peanut butter, then layering it with crushed chocolate cookies, salted peanuts, pretzels and sliced banana. Thanksgiving or not, this is salty-sweet heaven and our go-to last-minute dessert.


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