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What are your favorite Thanksgiving treats? Do you have a signature dish?
November 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

20 Easy Thanksgiving Sides You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Posted by Emily Abbate on November 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Thnaksgiving turkeyThanksgiving is hands down the best holiday of the year. Not only is it the official kick start to Christmas music season, but it's always a joy to get all the family together and catch up about the year that's been over delicious, seasonal eats. Sure, the turkey may be the main focus of the meal, but Thanksgiving dinner is absolutely nothing without great side dishes.

The big question: who wants to spend loads of time making sides when you've got serious things to talk over with your friends and family ... like the latest season of X Factor or Justin and Selena's big breakup? Exactly. That's why we've compiled a list of 20 awesome side dishes that are done in 30 minutes or less:

1. Cranberry orange sauce

2. Chopped apple turkey stuffing

3. Green bean casserole

4. Confetti corn

5. Pumpkin muffins

6. Garlic and sun-dried tomato corn muffins

7. Sauteed Brussels sprouts

8. Whipped sweet potato bake

9. Apple-orange cranberry sauce

10. Artichoke gratinata

11. Garlic mashed potatoes

12. Baked hush puppies

13. Red cooked butternut squash

14. Orange scented green beans

15. Sauteed apples

16. Roasted chestnuts

17. Mushroom and celery salad with Parmesan cheese

18. Roasted vegetables

19. Mac and cheese

20. Flaky herb biscuits adapted from Serious Eats:


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano)
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk


1. Start by lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 425°F.

2. Combine sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, and herbs in a large bowl. Mix until well-combined.

3. Add butter to your dry mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into dough until it's in small pieces, about the size of dimes. Add milk and stir until dough becomes one thick consistency.

4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 3/4 inch thick. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits and then transfer them onto your baking sheet.

5. Bake for about 17 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown, then serve.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving treats? Do you have a signature dish?


  • stellarmom1
    November 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    My signature Thanksgiving dish would be my rolls.  I make my grandmas Potato rolls. Growing up she would only make them once a year, and everyone would go crazy for them.  Literally grabbing them as fast as they came out of the oven. They are the most amazing, fluffy pieces of heaven! :) So she passed the recipe to me, and since then I make them every year. 

  • Stevied13
    November 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
    Pecan pie. No signature yet.
  • SammiBaby
    November 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I don't really have a signature dish I wouldn't say, however, my MIL requested I make my deviled eggs again like I did last year so maybe that's becoming a signature dish even though it's my mothers recipe.

    I am, however, making my pumpkin crunch cake and I'm MAKING it be my signature dish lol.

  • Alieda
    by Alieda
    November 15, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    My signature dishis my sausage cornbread stuffing

  • Family4Eternity
    November 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    No signature dish. We have lots of great treats though. lol Pumpkin roll, homemeade rolls, homemade stuffing, mash potatoes, turkey & so much more. lol

  • BelindaDuvessa
    November 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I make cranberry sauce every year since I got out on my own.  I love cranberries, and while the plain jellied is ok, I really prefer freshly made.  Even if me and the kids are the only ones to eat it.

    Sad thing is, I just went to the store, and they were out of cranberries.  I'm hoping I can find some tomorrow.

  • AmosFarkle
    November 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Becca, I want that roll recipe! thank you

    If I had to pick a signature recipe, it probably wouldn't be one for Thanksgiving.  I just make whatever they tell me to bring.  LOL

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