Save on Pinterest

30 Must-Try Thanksgiving Sides with Just 4 Ingredients

Don't bother making another trip to the store. These easy Thanksgiving sides call for just four ingredients!

1 / 30
Candied Acorn Squash Slices

Candied Acorn Squash Slices

This acorn squash recipe was passed down to me from my grandma, who always served it at Thanksgiving. Now I make it whenever I'm feeling nostalgic. —Rita Addicks, Weimar, Texas

2 / 30
Easy Parmesan BiscuitsTaste of Home

Easy Parmesan Biscuits

This recipe is simple but a delicious addition to any meal. The children love to dip the ready-made biscuits in butter and coat it with the cheese. Warm from the oven, one biscuit per person usually isn’t enough. —Linda Becker, Olympia, Washington

3 / 30
Roasted Carrots with ThymeTaste of Home

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

These roasted carrots are so simple but always a hit. Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

4 / 30
Mom's Apple Cornbread StuffingTaste of Home

Mom's Apple Cornbread Stuffing

My speedy recipe is be-all and end-all stuffing in our family. Not surprisingly, never have leftovers. —Marie Forte, Raritan, New Jersey

5 / 30
Creamed CornTaste of Home

Creamed Corn

Five ingredients are all you'll need for my popular creamed corn recipe. It's wonderful no matter what the occasion is. Try it on a barbecue buffet or holiday menu. —Barbara Brizendine, Harrisonville, Missouri

6 / 30
Old-Fashioned Green BeansTaste of Home

Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Mom would prepare homegrown green beans using this recipe and, boy, did they ever taste good! The bacon provides rich flavor and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. —Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri

7 / 30
One-Dish No-Knead BreadTaste of Home

One-Dish No-Knead Bread

Here's a very easy way to have homemade bread for dinner tonight. Don't worry if you're new to baking. Anyone who can stir can make this no knead bread a success! —Heather Chambers, Largo, Florida

8 / 30
Coconut Acorn SquashTaste of Home

Coconut Acorn Squash

Save yourself some time in the kitchen and toss the squash in the microwave for a truly quick dish. Sometimes squash can be a bit tasteless. I conquer this by adding a bit of mango chutney and coconut. It really makes the flavor pop. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

9 / 30
Minty Sugar Snap PeasTaste of Home

Minty Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh mint adds a lively touch to cooked sugar snap peas. It's also nice on green beans or carrots. —Alice Kaldahl, Ray, North Dakota

10 / 30
Glazed Baby CarrotsTaste of Home

Glazed Baby Carrots

For a zippy side dish, try this recipe. These brown sugar-glazed carrots come together in no time at all. —Anita Foster, Fairmount, Georgia

11 / 30
Roasted Rosemary CauliflowerTaste of Home

Roasted Rosemary Cauliflower

Roasting the cauliflower really brings out its flavor in this side dish. Even folks who aren't cauliflower lovers like it this way. —Joann Fritzler, Belen, New Mexico

12 / 30
No-Fuss RollsTaste of Home

No-Fuss Rolls

These four-ingredient rolls from Glenda Trail of Manchester, Tennessee are ready in no time. And they taste great with herb butter or jam. —Glenda Trail, Manchester, Tennessee

13 / 30
Simple Lime Gelatin SaladTaste of Home

Simple Lime Gelatin Salad

Looking for a festive dish to light up the buffet? This pretty green gelatin salad is eye-catching and has a delightful, tangy flavor. —Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa

14 / 30
Grilled Cauliflower Wedges

Grilled Cauliflower Wedges

This meal is incredibly easy, yet is packed with flavor and looks like a dish from a five-star restaurant. The grill leaves the cauliflower cooked but crisp, and the red pepper flakes add bite. —Carmel Hall, San Francisco, California

15 / 30
Sauteed ApplesTaste of Home

Sauteed Apples

Here's a sweet side dish my family loves. It's wonderful on its own, but you can use it to top pancakes or french toast for breakfast, too. —Shirley Heston, Pickerington, Ohio

16 / 30
Lemon Oregano PotatoesTaste of Home

Lemon Oregano Potatoes

My husband, Tom, made these tender potatoes when we were first married. They’ve remained a family favorite to this day. —Kate Hilts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

17 / 30
Quick BiscuitsTaste of Home

Quick Biscuits

I never made biscuits until I tried this two-ingredient recipe. Now my husband wants biscuits all the time! —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

18 / 30
Cheese Smashed PotatoesTaste of Home

Cheese Smashed Potatoes

Who doesn't like mashed potatoes? Try this slimmed-down dish with any entree. —Janet Homes, Surprise, Arizona

19 / 30
Roasted Fresh OkraTaste of Home

Roasted Fresh Okra

If you have picky eaters who worry about texture, roasted okra is marvelous. It's OK to crowd the pan. Okra shrinks as it cooks. —Anna Katsoulis, Greenville, North Carolina

20 / 30
Acorn Squash SlicesTaste of Home

Acorn Squash Slices

Roasted acorn squash slices are a favorite with my family. This recipe has a sweet maple flavor from syrup and an appealing nuttiness from pecans. It's easy, too, because you don't have to peel the squash. —Richard Lamb, Williamsburg, Indiana

21 / 30
Creamy CornTaste of Home

Creamy Corn

Out of all my corn recipes, this is my favorite. You need just a few ingredients and a slow cooker to make this delicious side dish. Because it cooks on its own, you'll have extra time to prepare the main course. —Judy McCarthy, Derby, Kansas

22 / 30
Whipped SquashTaste of Home

Whipped Squash

This is an excellent way to serve one of the season's most delicious vegetables—butternut squash. Its rich flavor and golden harvest color really come through in this smooth vegetable side dish. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

23 / 30
Simple Lemon Parsley Potatoes

Simple Lemon Parsley Potatoes

For a simply delicious side dish, I often prepare these potatoes. I like the fact that there are few ingredients and they take such little time to prepare.—Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

24 / 30
Orange Pomegranate Salad with HoneyTaste of Home

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Honey

I discovered this fragrant salad in a cooking class. If you can, try to find orange flower water (also called orange blossom water), which perks up the orange segments. But orange juice adds a nice zip, too! —Carol Richardson Marty, Lynwood, Washington

25 / 30
Parmesan Baked PotatoesTaste of Home

Parmesan Baked Potatoes

It always amazed me that this simple recipe could make potatoes taste so good. Mom liked to make them for Easter because they were more special than ordinary baked potatoes. —Ruth Seitz, Columbus Junction, Iowa

26 / 30
Roasted Beet WedgesTaste of Home

Roasted Beet Wedges

This beet recipe makes ordinary beets taste tender and delicious with just a few sweet and good-for-you ingredients.--Wendy Stenman

27 / 30
Traditional Mashed PotatoesTaste of Home

Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes make a wonderful accompaniment to most any meal, so keep this recipe handy.

28 / 30
Southern Buttermilk BiscuitsTaste of Home

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina

29 / 30
Rosey Raspberry SaladTaste of Home

Rosey Raspberry Salad

Whenever I make this pretty raspberry salad, people talk! It's a festive side dish that works well for celebrations throughout the year. —Jane Vanderground, Macedonia, Ohio

30 / 30
Glorified Hash BrownsTaste of Home

Glorified Hash Browns

You'll be surprised at how quick and easy it is to put together this dressed-up potato casserole! When a friend made it for a church supper, I had to have the recipe. It's great for parties, potlucks and family reunions. —Betty Sitzman, Wray, Colorado

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

Popular Videos