Thanksgiving Sides Recipe Round-Up

The good news: Your cooking-savvy friend or family member has taken on the duties of hosting (and cooking) Thanksgiving. The dilemma: They’ve asked if you could bring a side dish to contribute, and your best cooking skills lie in adding extra toppings to a frozen pizza.

Don’t panic! We’ve got a few sides up our sleeves (not literally) that are easy to make and will help you wow your friendly host.


Dressed Up Boxed Stuffing
Any store-bought stuffing mix will work! Feel free to add more veggies (or even a chopped apple) if you want.


  • 4 cups stuffing mix
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

    In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown the ground sausage with the onion. Once sausage is browned and onion tender, drain the fat and set aside. To the same saucepan, add butter and chicken broth; bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in stuffing mix. Let stand for 5 minutes, and fluff with a fork.


Cran-tastic Canned Cranberry Sauce
The other guests will never know that your cranberry creation started with the jiggly, canned variety.


  • 1 can jellied or whole berry cranberry sauce
  • ½ can of mandarin oranges
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup toasted pecans

Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and serve chilled. Additional ingredients can be added, such as: a splash of orange juice or Zinfandel, chopped pineapple, pecans.



Mouthwatering “Instant” Mashed Potatoes  
This fluffy Thanksgiving staple is packed with flavor and can be whipped up in no time!


  • 1 box/package instant potatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth (in place of water)
  • 1 can diced potatoes
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Follow the instant potato package instructions and substitute the water for chicken broth. While cooking, add canned potatoes, ranch seasoning, butter, salt and pepper. Add more flakes for added texture if needed. Add more butter, salt and pepper for taste.