Thanksgiving is a time for spending time with a family over a fantastic meal! Unfortunately, year after year, it seems to be the same old meal. Want to wow your friends and family this year by sprucing up the menu a bit? Try out these six Thanksgiving side dishes that will excite everyone this Thanksgiving:
Anyone can bring deviled eggs to the party, so why be like everyone else when you can stand out? While this might be more of an appetizer than a side dish, curry deviled eggs are for sure the way to go!
Servings: 12 Eggs
Ingredients: six eggs, five tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 1/2 teaspoon of any hot sauce, 3/4 teaspoon of curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and smoked paprika for dusting
- Hard boil the six eggs. Once done, cut eggs in half and spoon out the egg yolks into a bowl.
- Mash together the egg yolks with mayonnaise, hot sauce, curry powder, and turmeric powder.
- Pipe the filling into the egg whites and dust with the smoked paprika.
This is a dish that has been around for a while! And while some might say that canned products don’t make a good side dish, there’s no way any fresh ingredients could improve this true classic side dish!
Ingredients: two cans of green beans (drained), one can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 cup of milk, one container of French-fried onions.
- Mix together the green beans, soup, and milk and pour into a baking dish.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Top the casserole with French-fried onions and bake for 5 minutes.
Anyone can bring regular scalloped potatoes, but these potatoes are the richest, creamiest ever! You bring these and you will be known as the comfort food queen!
Ingredients: one teaspoon of butter, one clove of garlic (crushed), one cup of cream, 1/3 cup of whole milk, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, two pounds of potatoes sliced, one cup of Gruyere cheese, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan.
- Mix together garlic, cream, milk, salt, and pepper and heat in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles appear. Remove from heat and let it stand for 10 minutes.
- Overlap the potatoes in a baking dish and pour half of the cream mixture on top, then sprinkle half the cheese. Then, pour the rest of the cream and top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 60 – 70 minutes at 350 degrees.
There are a multitude of carrot dishes that can be brought to Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, creativity isn’t a word that is normally associated with carrots. That’s where these sweet and spicy Asian inspired carrots come in! Try these and your guests will sure be impressed!
Ingredients: two pounds of sliced carrots, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of sriracha, one tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix together all ingredients and dump onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until tender.
A heavy Thanksgiving meal calls for a side salad. But it’s a special day, so a simple Caesar salad won’t do! How about instead you try this festive holiday salad that will not only be a great balance for your meal, but equally as delicious!
Ingredients: sixteen ounces of baby spinach, one cup of almonds, one cup of dried cranberries, sesamee seed dressing (or any dressing of your choice).
- Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Drizzle dressing on and toss together.
Sweet potatoes are just that: sweet! I’ve always enjoyed the sweetness of sweet potato casserole but wanted it to be more. That’s why this super sweet recipe is so great and will be fantastic for your Thanksgiving!
Ingredients: five cups of cooked sweet potatoes (mashed), one cup of granulated sugar, eight tablespoons of softened butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of milk, two eggs. (Check recipe Streusel topping ingredients.)
- Mix together mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, milk, and eggs.
- Pour mixture into a casserole dish and top with Streusel topping.
- Bake for thirty minutes.
Don’t be boring this Thanksgiving! Take these recipes and make your side dishes the real stars of the show!