5 Cheese-Filled Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Food & Party 12

thanksgiving side dishesCheese, wonderful cheese. Is there any nectar of the gods more satisfying than melted, chunk, soft, or grated cheese? Not bloody likely. Of course you're going to set out cheese and crackers, cheesy dips, and other yums when your guests arrive. But a true artisan of the fromage will also have a side dish ready to go that involves melty, yummy, cheese.

Adding it to potatoes is always a great idea (as our first amazing option demonstrates below), but there are a myriad of ways to sneak cheese into your vegetable dishes as well. Here are five fantastic side dishes that utilize the greatest food on earth: cheese.

Herb Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese

You really can't get any more decadent than goat cheese in your 'taters. This is the way you do it, ya'll.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Get your kids to eat their Brussels sprouts by covering them in delicious dairy. It will totally work, we swear.

Spinach Cheese Strata

One Hungry Mama calls this out for a brunch, but a spinach and cheese strata makes an excellent side dish or spread on crostini. Plus, you think you're eating well on account of the spinach.

Paula Deen's Mac & Cheese

There is absolutely no reason to not have mac and cheese as a Thanksgiving day side. Go for broke with this recipe from Paula Deen.

Bacon and Cheese Puff

You've got bacon, bread, and cheese, kind of fried. What more will your guests need?

What's your favorite cheesy side dish?


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nonmember avatar Ashley

Y'all. You all.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Or just give your kid plain veggies and they will learn to eat healthy foods without smothering them in junk that will shave years off their life. I do roasted Brussels with a little shaved garlic and olive oil and my kid sucks them down. Drowning veggies in cheese really defeats the purpose of eating them, like taking cholesterol lowering meds with your bacon cheeseburger.

Andrea Byrd Plate

Rhonda, there is no mention in this article of coating veggies in cheese just so the kids will eat them.  Rather, the writer intended to show off the beaten path ways for cheese lovers like myself to indulge in one of their favorite things on Thanksgiving-meaning, this is not intended to be an everyday thing.   Getting preachy is uncalled for in this case.

slw123 slw123

I love cheese, maybe a little too much =)

GlowW... GlowWorm889

@ Rhonda - There's no reason why kids can't eat veggies with cheese and veggies without cheese. There is nothing wrong with cheese. Moderation is key, as with everything. Humans are omnivores, not herbivores, and our bodies are perfectly capable of handling what we put into it in moderation.

None of these sound particularly good, except maybe the mac and cheese. But I already have my own favorite mac and cheese recipe, so there! ;)

KamiB79 KamiB79

We love cheese! The Mac n cheese sounds delicious!

allie... alliesmom112

Paula Deen's mac and cheese is so yummy

Chari... Charizma77

I love cheese!  Thanks for the ideas!


Someone always makes a cheesy potato dish, but i might have to try one of these for something different.

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