Tired of the Same Old Sides for Thanksgiving? Include One of These Unusual Dishes at Your Feast


Other than the traditional turkey, we know you probably have some tried and true side dish recipes that show up at your Thanksgiving table each November. You know, the typical: mashed potatoes and gravy, baked yams, canned cranberry sauce, Jello salad, and green bean casserole.

Sometimes, though, it’s okay to live life on the wild side. Throw caution to the wind.

And if you are in the mood to do that this year, here are some incredible and unusual Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will be sure to add pizzazz to your table on turkey day:

Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes by Six Sisters’ Stuff

loaded sweet potatoes
via Six Sisters’ Stuff

Maybe sweet potatoes aren’t usually a big favorite at your house. But a non-casserole style dish, baked with a gooey marshmallow topping, might get those non-sweet potato fans to give this one a try.

Creamy Corn Casserole by Natalie at Life Made Simple

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via Life Made Simple

Fresh corn, butter, half & half, and Ritz crackers…how can you go wrong? If your kids don’t usually eat their veggies, we guarantee they will gobble this one down!

5-Minute Cranberry Sauce (pressure cooker) from Mel at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

fresh cranberry sauce
via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Have you jumped on to the “Instant Pot wagon” recently? Then this recipe is for you. With a few simple ingredients, you will have a delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry sauce that is FAR BETTER than the gelatinized, canned concoction you may be used to.

Thanksgiving Salad from Carrian at Oh, Sweet Basil

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via Oh, Sweet Basil

If you aren’t sure a green salad belongs with all the “winter vegetables” that appear at your Thanksgiving table, you might think again when you check out this salad from popular food blogger Carrian at Oh, Sweet Basil. Lettuce is the background of the dish, which features orange, cranberry, almonds, parmesan and a poppyseed dressing.

Cheesy Carrot Casserole from Janelle at Num’s the Word

carrot casserole
via Num’s the Word

You might not think that cheese and carrots go together, but trust us, they do! This tasty twist on your typical cooked veggie will have your guests begging for more.

Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes by Kate at Our Best Bites

rosemary potatoes
via Our Best Bites

Your typical mashed potatoes will be a thing of the past once you have tried these delicious herb-roasted baby spuds! No need for gravy, but enjoy the crispy skin covered in a special coating of rosemary, garlic, and (secret ingredient) Dijon mustard. This Thanksgiving side dish will perfectly compliment your turkey and your tummy.

Blueberry Jello Salad from Favorite Family Recipes

via Favorite Family Recipes

A mouth-watering variation on your typical strawberry or raspberry jello dish, this recipe starts with blackberry jello, blueberry pie filling and pineapple. It’s topped with a delicious cream cheese/whipped topping layer that is sure to have guests clamoring for seconds!

All of us at Third Hour hope you have an incredible Thanksgiving feast spent with friends and family! Comment below with your favorite unusual sides so we can add them to our recipe book!

More Resources:

Seven Recipes that Are Likely to Turn up at a Mormon Thanksgiving Dinner

Five Fabulous Turkey Recipes from Famous Mormons

Mormons and Jello: A History

Jasmine has degrees in Spanish and International Relations from BYU and has always had a love for writing ever since she penned her first haiku at age 9. She and her husband, Shawn, are the the parents of 8 children, who keep her very busy when she is not writing for Third Hour.