Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving is a foodie’s dream holiday.  Well, one of the most notable food holidays of the year anyway. Yes, we love turkey day, but it’s really all about the sides, isn’t it?

Every year, I look forward to the many side dishes that surround my slices of turkey as well as the other critical must-haves: stretchy pants, Thanksgiving football, and naps.  This year, I’ll spend Thanksgiving in Cordoba, Argentina with sixty of my closest friends, who have really become family more than anything else.

How, exactly, do you cook for sixty people?  You don’t.  You volunteer to bring wine and call it a day.  Now, I absolutely love cooking but last time I tried cooking a turkey, it may or may not have still been frozen in the middle.  Trust me when I say no one wants me touching a turkey.  Some of us should stick to what we know and, for me, that’s wine.

Trying to please a large crowd is hard enough the way it is, so I tried to lighten your load by helping you with some simple wine suggestions for the table.  I got extra crafty this year and created a shareable Thanksgiving sides and wine pairing infographic!  Your favorite side will taste even more delightful, especially come leftover time when you’re down to one bowl of mac and cheese.

Yes, yes, I know that you can’t pair every side with wine (that’s just “too extra,” right?!) but you will, at a minimum, want a combination of white, red and sparkling at your table.  Plus, turkey pairs well with both white and red wine, so no issues there.  Whether you’re in charge of wine for all, bringing a bottle for the table or picking out a hostess gift, these wines are most easy to pair with what’s on the table and are all safe bets, even for the pickiest of palates.

  • White – Sauvignon Blanc
  • Red – Pinot Noir
  • Sparkling – Prosecco
  • Dessert – Port

Now that we’ve got the vino covered, let’s talk food.  These recipes come from some very wonderful recipe developers and fellow bloggers who know Thanksgiving sides.   Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for the infographic!  (Share the love and share away!)

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes thanksgiving wine pairing

Photo Credit: Natasha’s Kitchen

The Best Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole wine pairing

Photo Credit: Life in the Lofthouse

Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

macaroni and cheese wine pairing thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Pumpkin ‘n Spice

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

carrots thanksgiving wine pairing

Photo Credit: Lil’ Luna

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow & Pecan Streusel

sweet potato casserole wine pairing thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Celebrating Sweets

Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts

brussel sprouts bacon wine pairing thanksgiving

Surprise! I actually made this one.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

cranberry thanksgiving wine pairings

Photo Credit: Chocolate Moosey

Best Ever Creamed Corn

creamed corn thanksgiving wine pairing

Photo Credit: Grace and Good Eats

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing Dressing

stuffing thanksgiving side dish wine pairing

Photo Credit: Laura Fuentes

Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie thanksgiving wine pairing

Photo Credit: Live Well Bake Often

Classic Double Crust Apple Pie

apple pie thanksgiving pairs well with wine pairing

Photo Credit: Saving Room for Dessert

Thanksgiving Sides & Wine Pairing Infographic

thanksgiving infographic wine pairing side dishes

Don’t forget to pin this infographic to your Pinterest board!

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4 Responses to “Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Wine Pairings”

  1. Natasha of

    Thank you so much for the feature! I’m so excited for Thanksgiving after seeing your post!! 🙂


      Thanks, Natasha! Me too. So many good recipes!!! It’ll be exciting to see how this all comes together over here in Argentina!


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