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One-Hour Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Sides

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Thanksgiving spread with stuffing, gravy, cranberries, squash, turkey brussels sprouts, and potatoes. this recipe

This recipe is sponsored by ALDI

Hi. Let me introduce you to the easiest way to make three Thanksgiving sides, with minimal hands-on work, in roughly one hour: THE SHEET PAN METHOD.

Here are the three delicious sides that you’ll get with this one hour of time:

  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes – creamy, tangy, rustic and full of roasty garlic flavor. I honestly have a hard time stopping with these.
  • Herbed Squash – delicate and earthy and deep, thanks to a heavy pinch of thyme and some roasted-caramelized onions. Beautiful.
  • Maple Mustard Brussels Sprouts – crispy, very thoroughly browned (the only way to eat a brussel sprout), textural with the toasted walnuts and dried cherries, and sweet and a little spicy from the mustard. Just… wow. Even my toddler loves these.
Mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and herbed squash in bowls.

This sounds like it will take you hours to make.

I PROMISE YOU IT WILL NOT.

A few sheet pans, a few pours and sprinkles = done.

Herbed squash on a sheet pan.
Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan.

As I’ve been playing with this, and eating a lot of Thanksgiving food in the process, I’ve been laser focused on the following goals:

  • saving time
  • saving money
  • saving kitchen / stove space
  • getting three ACTUALLY good Thanksgiving sides without feeling like you just spent the whole day doing a lot of hard work.

In 2020, when we’re gathering for Thanksgiving with like, maybe five people? and cooking mostly by ourselves? and all that work? Oh my gosh, let’s give ourselves a break. When it can taste this good with so little work, it’s just not necessary.

Here’s my proposition: You pick the Thanksgiving stars that you really want to put your time, energy and fancy tricks into this year. The turkey? The stuffing? The pie? It doesn’t need to be every single dish. You pick. Pick one, two, maybe three stars.

And then you let these three sheet pans take care of the rest.

Potatoes, brussels sprouts, and squash on sheet pans.

Here’s my other proposition: make your Thanksgiving haul at ALDI. You’ll save money, and you’ll find not only quality, fun, interesting ingredients but also many of them ORGANIC.

Ingredients from ALDI for Thanksgiving sides.

I bought everything for these three sheet pan recipes at ALDI for a fraction of the cost of my usual Thanksgiving grocery haul, but I would also like to recommend the following to round out the table:

  • Butterball turkey (That’s right, you heard it, ALDI sells butterball turkeys.)
  • Chef’s Cupboard Stuffing Mix (This boxed stuffing is… I just… I don’t know why it’s so good. I love it. I leave it totally as-is but maybe just broil at the end for some crunchiness.)
  • Sweet Harvest Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce (I like to add some orange juice and/or zest for a semi-homemade cranberry sauce.)
  • L’oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (Yes, you should make some fancy herb or honey butter to go with them.)
  • Cheese, olives, and every other dip and cracker for an appetizer situation.

All the yumminess. ALDI, WE LOVE YOU.

Thanksgiving sides in bowls.

All the things that Thanksgiving is *usually* about feel especially up in the air this year. Like…

  • Traveling to see family and friends
  • Gathering with large groups
  • Sharing meals around warm, cozy, and close-together tables

But sharing a good meal with someone you love is not canceled. Let’s make it happen.

Whether you’re doing the normal thing this year or not (probably most of us some version of not), this one-hour sheet pan sides method, this complete brain-and-space-and-time-saver, is kind of my new favorite thing about Thanksgiving.

A note that the photos here show these sheet pan recipes DOUBLED. The original recipes written here are meant to serve a smaller group (thanks, 2020) but you can easily scale up as needed to serve more people or get more leftovers.

Common Questions About Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Sides

Can these Thanksgiving sides be prepped ahead of time?

You can cut and trim your vegetables the day before, but we’d really recommend baking your sides right before you want to enjoy them.

Can I add any meat to these sides dishes?

Diced pancetta would be a great add-in with the Brussels sprouts.

How do I store leftovers?

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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One-Hour Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Sides


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 34 servings 1x

Description

All the Thanksgiving sides you need – made easy in one hour! Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, herbed squash, and maple mustard brussels sprouts. Perfect for a small gathering!


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Ingredients

Roasted Herbed Squash:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, + olive oil and salt
  • 1 teaspoon Simply Nature Organic Thyme Leaves
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced

Maple Mustard Brussels with Walnuts and Cherries:

  • 1 package brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut + olive oil and salt
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Dried Cherries
  • 2 tablespoons Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 pounds round potatoes + olive oil and salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, + olive oil and wrapped in foil 
  • 1/4 cup Countryside Creamery Salted Butter
  • 1/4 cup broth or milk
  • 1/4 cup Friendly Farms Sour Cream
  • kosher salt to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon)

Optional extras to serve from ALDI:

  • Butterball Turkey
  • Chef’s Cupboard Stuffing Mix
  • Sweet Harvest Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • L’oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Instructions

  1. Roasting Everything: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place squash and potatoes + seasonings on a sheet pan or roasting pan. Place brussels sprouts + seasonings on a sheet pan or roasting pan, cut side down. Roast squash and potatoes for 15 minutes. Add brussels sprouts to the oven; roast both pans another 20-30 minutes. During the last 5-or-so minutes, add the walnuts and cherries to the brussels sprout pan to get them nice and toasty.
  2. Roasted Herbed Squash: Season to taste – this one is pretty much ready to go out of the oven!
  3. Maple Mustard Brussels: Toss roasted brussels with maple syrup, olive oil, and Dijon mustard. Season to taste.
  4. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Pull the peels off the potatoes if you want – I don’t mind them so I usually leave them on. Mash potatoes by hand or use a stand mixer to mash until they break down. Add in roasted garlic, butter, milk or broth, and sour cream. Season to taste.
  5. Serve: Serve up your beautiful spread of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, herbed butternut squash, maple Dijon brussels sprouts with whatever else you love on Thanksgiving! 
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: one hour thanksgiving, thanksgiving sides, small thanksgiving, sheet pan thanksgiving

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    Rosemarie

    Thank you for this! Exactly what I was looking for, to make things delicious but easier since we are staying home. Thank you for acknowledging that some of our normal recipes may be too much this year! Can’t wait to try






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    Brittany

    I was JUST thinking yesterday that I wished someone would put out a sheet pan Thanksgiving meal bc I am not up to more than that this year for celebrating with only my husband and three kids. THANKS! This looks amazing.

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    Kate

    I had never thought of roasting potatoes to make mashed – excited to try this as I was looking for a more interesting potato recipe than just regular mashed. Thank you!

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    Sarah Jane

    This is absolutely genius! Thank you so much for this, I was just telling my husband that I am not going to make a big Thanksgiving meal this year as it will just be our family of 5 and our 3 little girls don’t love the traditional foods. But I can totally handle this and have some Thanksgiving-ish foods to go with the pulled pork I am planning to make 🙂

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          Krista @ Pinch of Yum

          Hi Daniel! No, I’m not new to Pinch of Yum. Helping out with comments these days!

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    MayLynne

    These all look so fantastic! Our Canadian Thanksgiving is over…but dinner tonight, dinner next week, Christmas dinner — they are all coming up.! Thanks for this great, practical post!
    Having said that, I must also add that you do know the reason I check this blog daily (maybe even several times daily) is not for the recipes, it’s because I am waiting anxiously to hear news of the new little Yum! Can’t wait until you give us a tiny peek.

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    Colleen

    loving the sheet pans – I wanted to jazz up my butternut squash and carmelized onions were the ‘thing’ to do so. Love brussel sprouts although I can’t stand the after smell – Happy Thanksgiving to All

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    Pam Scott

    thanks Lindsay! Sounds so good and sooo easy! No company this year, but still want to make great food! Make so many of your recipes I have lost count! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      They can be, but sometimes Brussels sprouts lose their crispy texture and become a teeny bit mushy when reheated. We’d recommend popping them back in the oven to reheat!

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    Karen T

    This is fabulous! What a timesaver and very important this Thanksgiving in particular when we will be dining alone. I will miss Thanksgiving with the usual crowd of 25! It will just be my husband and me. I love so much of the Thanksgiving food items, that I have decided the best way to still get to eat them all is to include them the rest of the month in all my regular dinners. You hit all the important dishes we usually have too! I just want to say, instead of onions, I will use pancetta in my squash. That is one of the traditional dishes we usually have. What a perfect and timely post and wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stay well!






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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Pancetta sounds like a wonderful addition to the squash! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    Anna

    LINDSAY! Just like many others, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for! My family is doing a very scaled-down Thanksgiving and I am in charge of sides. This is perfect. Will make and report back! 🙂

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    Roasted Herbs Squash i my favourite i even simple mashed potatoes that are half boiled and then mashing them on a hot oiled pan with some simple pick rock salt and spices, letting them burn a little bit and then just enjoying them with a netflix.






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    LINDSAY! Just like many others, this is Really what I was searching for! My cousin brother is organizing a very scaled-down Thanksgiving and I am in charge of sides. This is awesome. Will make and report back! 🙂

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    Em

    Hi – for the walnuts, are raw walnut pieces ok? Do I need to toast them first? Thanks!