The turkey usually takes the front seat when talking about Thanksgiving here in the U.S. but truth be told, most people are in Turkey day for the sides. Me personally… I can have an entire plate full of mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, & green beans & I’d be a happy lady!
When I found out my store would be open on Thanksgiving the first thing I thought of was, “when am I going to have my stuffing?!”
Today I put together a collection of some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that I am excited to have on my table for the holidays.
1. Hellobee’s Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries
Every year my parents go somewhere for Thanksgiving. My mom gets an amazing amount of PTO & she always seems to have a lot left to use by the end of the year around Turkey Day. Three years ago they came out to San Francisco & drove down the coast to spend the holiday with Chris, myself, & our friends. When they pulled into the driveway of our townhouse my mom was so excited waving around the biggest stalk of fresh Brussel sprouts I have ever seen. She had made my step dad stop at all of the farm stands along PCH along the central coast & needed these Brussel sprouts. So we needed to do something with them. We found this recipe on Hellobee & it was amazing.
2. Recipe Girl’s Classic Stuffing
Everyone has a family recipe for stuffing. Some have cranberries, some have sausage, some even have pears & apples in them. Forever I thought that my mom had this amazing family recipe for her stuffing. It is delicious… apparently it’s from the back of the Pepperidge Farm stuffing package. I was crushed. And then I moved on… to this recipe. YUM. A simple, veggie stuffed stuffing with amazing Italian sausage to spice it up. Delicious.
This is one of the simplest side dishes I make, with a ton of flavor. Just a few ingredients but defiantly jazzes up just boring carrots. A few years ago I became so obsessed with this dish I was making these honey carrots just about every week, with every dish I could think of pairing it with. Now, I don’t make it as often, & I am super excited to enjoy this on Thanksgiving.
4. Eat at Home’s Slow Cooker Corn Casserole
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year your kitchen will see. Everyone needs three ovens, 5 burners, 16 serving bowls & 400 utensils. Not many people actually have that though. When I saw this corn casserole that you can make in a slow cooker I fell in love. No juggling the turkey, stuffing, & veggies in the oven. No shuffling pots & pans on the stove top to make room. Just simply throwing everything in the slow cooker, sticking it in the corner & letting it do it’s job. How perfect is that?
5. Pioneer Woman’s Green Bean Casserole
Yes I know, another casserole, but is Thanksgiving, really Thanksgiving without green bean casserole? Our old roommate was all about green bean casserole, at any time of the year. We had French’s Crispy Onions in our pantry at all times. This recipe by Queen Ree Drummond is normal green bean casserole to the next level. The pimentos add a little bit of amazingness to an old favorite.
Everyone loves mashed potatoes. Some people like them super silky, some like them cheesy. I personally like them a little chunky & still with a little bit of skin on them. This is one of my favorite mashed potato recipes which I stole from my mom. Best part: it is easy to make in a pinch. Since the potatoes don’t needs to be super smooth, like a whipped mashed potato, you don’t have to cook them as long & can mash them a little less then you normally would. Which is perfect when you are cooking a ton of things at once.