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21 Thanksgiving Potato Side Dishes

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With Thanksgiving approaching fast, you might already be planning the meal. Here are some of our favorite potato side dishes perfect for any family celebration to make the search a little easier.

collage of two pictures of confit potatoes and smashed potatoes.

We love potatoes, and I make a side dish of potatoes of any kind at least twice a week. And I could not imagine Thanksgiving or any celebration that involves lots of food (Christmas and Easter) without at least one potato side dish. And while Roasted Turkey is the central, never-changing item on the menu, we do love to variate the side dishes to try at least one or two new recipes every year. And what is more versatile than potatoes?

1. Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes

This is my go-to recipe when I want to impress! These smashed potatoes are incredible: crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and so full of flavor.

potatoes smashed on a baking tray

Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes – Vegan
Vegan crispy garlic smashed potatoes with olive oil and rosemary – one of the best potato side dishes ever!
Check out this recipe

2. Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Another amazing potato and garlic combination. Learn how to roast garlic and make the most delicious mashed potatoes with Parmesan.

roasted garlic potato mash with melting butter on top

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
The best roasted garlic parmesan mashed potatoes, you will not be able to stop eating them! Learn how to roast garlic.
Check out this recipe

3. Cauliflower and Potato Mash

You can choose this creamy and wonderful cauliflower and potato mash for a lower-carb version of garlicky mashed potatoes.

cauliflower and potato mash in a bowl topped with sausage slices and red pickles

Cauliflower and Potato Mash
Healthy cauliflower and potato mash with garlic, a fantastic side dish for any meat or fish, creamy, comforting, and delicious!
Check out this recipe

4. Creamy Spinach Potato Mash Recipe

Another incredible potato mash, this time with spinach. I especially love to serve this with fish, but it would be perfect alongside turkey, chicken, beef, or pork as well.

Spinach Potato Mash

Creamy Spinach Potato Mash Recipe
Super creamy spinach potato mash – a perfect side dish for fish, chicken, or just a poached egg.
Check out this recipe

5. Baked Cornmeal Potatoes

Oven-roasted potatoes are always a good idea! Try these delicious crispy potatoes with cornmeal and paprika crust.

crispy baked polenta potato wedges.

Polenta Roast Potatoes (Cornmeal Potatoes)
Polenta roast potatoes, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these baked crusted potatoes are a perfect side dish for any occasion.
Check out this recipe

6. Pumpkin Potato Bake

This potato and pumpkin casserole might sound a bit unusual for Thanksgiving, but you should give it a try; it is fantastic! Perfectly suited if serving dinner for vegans.

pumpkin potato bake in a transparent baking dish

Pumpkin Potato Bake
Pumpkin potato bake: a perfect vegetarian/vegan recipe: soft potato and pumpkin cubes in a deliciously spicy coconut milk sauce.
Check out this recipe

7. Sweet Chili Dip and Potato Wedges

These potato wedges (with or without the chili sauce) are the potato recipe I cook most often, even more frequently than plain boiled potatoes. They are easy to make, versatile, and always a delight.

potato wedges in a roasting tin

Sweet Chili Dip and Potato Wedges
Crispy baked potatoes, a simple sweet chili dip, and salad: this is one of our favorite quick meals.
Check out this recipe

8. Cast-Iron Skillet Potatoes

Potatoes fried in the skillet are one of our favorite side dishes, something that will go perfectly well with most Thanksgiving mains. They are also delicious as a main meal; a salad and a chili or yogurt dip on the side are perfectly sufficient many times.

many small potatoes in a heavy-bottomed cast iron pan with a fork.

Cast-Iron Skillet Potatoes
Crispy cast iron skillet potatoes are easy and quick to make on the stovetop. All you need are potatoes, some spices, and a skillet.
Check out this recipe

9. Caramelized Potatoes – Icelandic Side Dishes

This recipe is a traditional Icelandic side dish served for Christmas, something I knew I had to try the moment I saw the recipe. And it was well worth it; this potato side dish is delicious.

caramelized potatoes in a black bowl seen from above

Caramelized Potatoes – Icelandic Side Dishes
Caramelized potatoes: a surprising and straightforward Icelandic recipe, a perfect side dish for roasted lamb or other roasted pieces of meat.
Check out this recipe

10. Cheese Jacket Potatoes

These comforting potatoes are filled with Gouda, mayonnaise, and green onions; they are our number one recipe when it comes to stuffed potatoes.

jacket potato with filling

Cheese Jacket Potatoes
Cheese jacket potatoes with a Gouda, mayonnaise, and scallion filling. Plus many more jacket potato filling ideas.
Check out this recipe

11. Potatoes with Tomato Sauce

Thanksgiving recipes don’t have to be complicated, and even less so for side dishes. These delicious tomato potatoes might sound unusual, but they make an excellent side dish for any roast.

potatoes with tomato sauce in a white bowl

Potatoes with Tomato Sauce
Tender potatoes with tomato sauce, an easy vegan main meal, or a delicious side for almost anything you can think of.
Check out this recipe

12. Healthy Broccoli Potato Casserole

Luscious bake with a light cheese sauce, so much flavor yet not that many calories. Perfect as a light main meal or as a side dish for other main courses.

casserole dish with potatoes and broccoli seen from above.

Healthier Broccoli Potato Casserole
This healthy broccoli potato casserole with light cheese sauce makes a perfect light main meal or a side dish for other main courses.

Check out this recipe

13. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Potatoes and vegetables on one tray to make things even simpler and quicker on Thanksgiving.

tender potato slices and brussels sprouts close up

Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts, this is an oven-roasted vegetable recipe you will keep making, again and again, the perfect winter side dish.
Check out this recipe

14. Confit Potatoes

Perfectly cooked potatoes, crispy on the outside and so soft and comforting on the inside, these tubers are roasted in duck or goose fat for an ultimate festive side dish.

potato confit with rosemary sprig

Confit Potatoes
These amazing confit potatoes are crispy on the outside, meltingly tender on the inside, a very special potato side dish for the festive season.
Check out this recipe

15. Sweet Potato Dauphinoise

As a bonus, how about a few sweet potato side dishes? A gratin is always a welcomed sight on any festive table, and this creamy dauphinoise checks all the boxes.

scooped out sweet potato gratin in a blue baking dish on a green towel.

Sweet Potato Dauphinoise
Creamy sweet potato dauphinoise or sweet potatoes au gratin with Parmesan and lots of spices, a comforting side dish, or light main meal for any time of the year.
Check out this recipe

16. Sweet Potato Puff Pastry Pie

An elegant side dish with sweet potatoes and onions, you are sure to impress with this pie. You can also serve it as a vegetarian main dish for Thanksgiving if you use the right kind of vegetarian cheese.

slice of sweet potato puff pastry pie on a vintage plate

Sweet Potato Puff Pastry Pie
This savory sweet potato puff pastry pie with caramelized balsamic onions and cheese would make a fantastic vegetarian Thanksgiving dish.
Check out this recipe

17. Sauteed Sweet Potatoes

This simple dish of sauteed sweet potatoes goes perfectly well with turkey, chicken, or whatever else you decide to cook this year.

sweet potatoes cubes on a brown plate

Sauteed Sweet Potatoes
Sauteed sweet potatoes, tender, spicy, and comforting. Serve with tahini sauce (or another sauce) for a light meal or as a side dish.
Check out this recipe

18. Baked Sweet Potato Slices

Sweet potatoes, a bit of oil, and some spices. That is all you need to make these soft, aromatic, slightly caramelized baked sweet potato slices.

baked sweet potato rounds on a baking sheet lined with white parchment paper.

Baked Sweet Potato Slices
These tender baked sweet potato slices make a perfect side dish for the holiday table or a delicious, healthy snack. Just one main ingredient and three simple steps.
Check out this recipe

19. Baked Sweet Potatoes with Green Onions

These guys are stuffed with Camembert and green onions, and they would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving and a delicious main for any day of the week.

roasted stuffed potatoes with melting camembert

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Green Onions
Jacket sweet potatoes stuffed with Camembert and green onions, a comforting, delicious way of enjoying baked sweet potatoes with cheese.
Check out this recipe

20. Pan-Fried Sweet Potatoes

Simple fried sweet potatoes, a straightforward way of cooking the tubers, perfect to accompany almost any dinner you can think of.

bowl of pan fried sweet potatoes

Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes – Sweet Potato Side Dish
Simple pan-fried sweet potatoes, a vegan sweet potato side dish recipe to accompany almost any dinner you can think of.
Check out this recipe

21. Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries

And should both the oven and the stovetop be occupied with pots, how about using the air fryer for one of the side dishes?

frozen fries cooked in an air fryer and served with dip.

Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
Air fryer frozen sweet potato fries, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, an excellent side dish for just about anything or a delicious quick meal on their own.
Check out this recipe


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Thao @ In Good Flavor

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

What a great collection of potato dishes, Adina! I would be happy to have any one or two of them at my Thanksgiving dinner! Sometimes I think potatoes are the unsung heroes at the table.


Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I feel the same, Thao, everyone takes them for granted. Everybody says how good the roast or the dessert is, but the potatoes are never mentioned. But they will all notice if they would be not there at all.


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Nice collection of potato recipes. We're planning to serve fish at our upcoming "American Thanksgiving Dinner", so the Creamy Spinach Potato Mash looks to be a perfect choice. Thanks for putting this together.


Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thank you, Ron. I hope you like the spinach potato mash as much as we do.