It’s November, which means embracing the chilly fall temperatures, having some pretty photoshoots, and of course, preparing for Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving practically dictates all of the November month, just as Halloween does in October and Christmas does in December. For nearly everyone in the US, Thanksgiving means enjoying time with friends and family, celebrating the numerous blessings of the year, watching football, and of course, enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and sides.
In terms of food for Thanksgiving, there are a variety of foods that end up on the table, but there are some traditional food items like: the lovely roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, savory stuffing (or dressing), green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, the list can go on and on! While some people prefer to stick with the traditional style Thanksgiving foods, others like to stray away and enjoy different items to spice up their holiday!
Maybe you’re bringing a dish to your Grandma’s house or your annual friendsgiving, perhaps you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner of your own for the first time. Regardless of where you will be falling (or eating) this Thanksgiving, you’ll need to include at least one of these five perfect sides in your Thanksgiving dinner!
Thanksgiving Dinner Sides – Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Corn Nuts
Everyone has their own take on stuffing (or dressing) for Thanksgiving. Some people like to make the stuffing by itself, others like to prepare the stuffing and put it in the Turkey to bake. Some people like plain bread stuffing, others like cornbread stuffing. Regardless of how you make stuffing, there is no denying that it is a necessary staple to have on Turkey Day. If you’re looking for a delicious recipe for stuffing, look no further than this cornbread stuffing! Made with delicious cornbread, breakfast sausage, and get this, corn nuts, this stuffing is bound to make a lasting impression on your guests.
Thanksgiving Dinner Sides – Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping
Sweet potato casserole is one of those dishes that can do a lot of different ways. There is a fierce debate as to whether or not to include marshmallows on the top (I always do), to put nuts on top, etc. Last year, I was in search for the perfect sweet potato casserole recipe and I found it from Delish. This sweet potato casserole is unique in that it isn’t your plain jane casserole, it has a streusel topping! The creamy, mildly sweet potatoes are topped with a crumbly streusel topping and nuts. You’ll definitely go for seconds and thirds on this one.
Thanksgiving Dinner Sides – Best Green Bean Casserole
People have mixed opinions about green bean casserole, but its one of my favorites for so many reasons. There’s the mild, tender green beans, paired along with cream of mushroom soup, and of course, crispy fried onions on top. It’s a textural combination of deliciousness! This recipe from Bon Appetit is a more sophisticated version, but it is still as easy as the standard canned cream of mushroom soup recipe! With simple ingredients like butter, cream, mushrooms, green beans, and French’s fried onions, this casserole will warm your soul and be a hit
Fancy Cranberry Sauce
When Thanksgiving comes to mind, I don’t think anyone can forget about the cranberry sauce. The perfect combination of sweet and tangy, cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the savory-heavy dishes that Thanksgiving is often known for. Some people like cranberry sauce out of the can and others like fresh cranberry sauce. This recipe for fancy cranberry sauce is the best of both worlds and will have your taste buds tingling!
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are great because they don’t require a variety of crazy ingredients or tiring preparation. Rather, to make the best mashed potatoes, all you need is some butter (or a lot), sour cream, milk salt, pepper, and potatoes (duh). The added extra fat and dairy make the potatoes super creamy and delicious! For extra creativity, you can add toasted potato chips on top, chives, bacon, cheese, and other fun toppings that make your heart sing.
What is your favorite side to have on Thanksgiving?