Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for family and friends to gather around the dinner table to give thanks and feast on amazing food. Thanksgiving isn’t just about the main courses anymore — but the copious side dishes that are served to complement the entire meal. This Turkey Day, try out one or all of these 13 delicious sides that just might steal the show this Thanksgiving.
1. Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Lemon Dressing
Skip on roasting your Brussels sprouts this year and mix up a bowl of this refreshing salad. The raw, shaved Brussels sprouts lightly mixed with the bright pomegranate arils and tart lemon dressing add a crisp and colorful element to any Thanksgiving spread. The best part? You can make these Brussels sprouts the morning of Thanksgiving, and still save on stove space.
2. Indian Style Brussels Sprouts With Coconut
For a warmer vegetable-themed dish, these Indian Brussels sprouts are a unique and flavorful option. Lightly stir-fried with South Asian-inspired flavors such as cumin, turmeric and coconut, these ingredients create a harmonious combination of sweet and spicy in one dish.
3. Roasted Beet Salad
Before diving into your holiday feast, prime your palate with this tasty roasted beet salad. The roasted beets and arugula are lightly dressed in a sweet, lemon vinaigrette and topped with creamy goat cheese for a wholesome salad to eat before or alongside your Thanksgiving meal. Even the kids in your family won’t be able to resist this vibrant and healthy salad.
4. Honey and Rum Glazed Carrots
Glazed ham isn’t the only sweet and savory dish you can add to your Thanksgiving menu. These sweet and buttery glazed carrots are a great autumn dish and take about a half hour to prepare. Sprinkle with fresh thyme to add an herbal flavor and aroma. Subtle hints of rum makes this side dish great for a warm holiday meal.
5. Make-Ahead Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a wholesome casserole dish. For a simple and hearty dish, prepare a batch of this cheesy broccoli rice casserole. The fluffy white rice topped with crisp broccoli florets and melted cheese makes it a great addition to your Thanksgiving plate. Prepare the casserole dish in advance and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to bake it.
6. Crispy Prosciutto Green Bean Bundles
If you’re short on time and want to serve up a simpler, party-friendly protein dish, then consider grilling some crispy prosciutto green bean bundles. These single-serve bundles take only 20 minutes to prepare, and will make everyone happy to eat their green beans, even the kids!
7. Classic Bread Stuffing
Stuffing doesn’t need to be baked inside a turkey to be delicious. In a separate, oven-safe dish, you can create this classic bread stuffing that’s so good on its own you’ll forget to eat it with its winged counterpart. You can also achieve this textured stuffing in a slow cooker if you’re looking to conserve oven space.
8. Three-Ingredient Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Though classic mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, sweet potatoes give the old russet potato a run for its money. Not only does it make a decadent, smooth and orange version of mashed potatoes, but it’s also packed with tons of vitamins, fiber and potassium – making it a healthy and delectable side dish.
9. Spicy Stewed Butternut Squash
Thanksgiving is a great time to show off the season’s best and most abundant flavors – including butternut squash. With a few common spices and ingredients, you can create a filling spicy butternut squash stew that seamlessly complements your holiday feast.
10. Twice-Baked Beer Cheese Red Potatoes
These twice-baked red potatoes drizzled with bacon and creamy beer cheese sauce are sure to please beer lovers and non-beer lovers alike. The warm, beer-infused sauce and steamy red potatoes bring a bar food favorite right to the Thanksgiving dinner table. They’re the perfect side dish to serve for a Friendsgiving feast.
11. Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cranberries and Pecans
This roasted sweet potato recipe captures the essence of fall in one sweet and savory side dish. With just three main ingredients – sweet potatoes, dried cranberries and pecans – you are able to create mouth-watering flavors that are very reminiscent of the season. And it only takes 20 minutes to roast this fragrant side dish.
12. Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Instead of buying canned cranberry sauce, opt for creating a sweet and tangy sauce right in your own kitchen. It’s one of the quickest and easiest dishes to make for Thanksgiving, and tastes even better when made from scratch. Use different fruits like apples or blueberries to create your own variations of mixed fruit cranberry sauce.
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13. Orange Winter Ale Cranberry Sauce
Impress your guests this Thanksgiving with this orange winter ale cranberry sauce. The use of a winter ale mixed with tart cranberries and citrusy orange zest creates a sweet and full-bodied sauce that is delectable on its own or with a savory slice of turkey. Pair this cranberry sauce with a seasonal beer for an even more aromatic flavor profile.