Sure, the turkey is the “main event” and when it is perfectly roasted and served with the right gravy, it is oh-so-good! But I know that none of us can even imagine our Thanksgiving meal without those delicious side dishes! Personally, I love the Thanksgiving side dishes as much as the desserts! So here are a few of our family favorites, plus a few new ones that we intend to try this year!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Tangy Cranberry-Raspberry Sauce
This is such an easy recipe- and it is so much better than anything that ever could come out of a can! This Thanksgiving you've got to give my tangy cranberry raspberry sauce a try!
Stuffing with Sausage and Dried Fruit
This is definitely not a three-step-and-you're-done kind of recipe. It involves chopping and simmering and toasting and tons of pans and appliances. But this is Thanksgiving, this is the day we pull out all of the stops! And this stuffing with sausage and dried fruit recipe is worth every minute spent on it!
Sweet Potato Souffle
This sweet potato souffle from Kay over at SheKnows has been on our Thanksgiving menu for several years now! It is so fluffy and delicious!
Sweet Potato Torte
Another fantastic recipe for a sweet potato side dish is this sweet potato torte. It sets kind of like a cheesecake, and can actually be a side dish or a dessert!
Mashed Potatoes (Using a Potato Ricer)
Mashed potatoes made using a potato ricer come out fluffy not gummy as they can when you whip them in a mixer (just don't do it!). A little sour cream, butter, salt and pepper, and they are perfect!
Honey Maple Roasted Carrots
This carrot dish looks so beautiful and festive with the added pomegranate! (We'd leave out the sesame seeds due to my son's food allergies). Courtesy of The Cafe Sucre Farine.
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
And while I don't usually include a salad on my Thanksgiving table, I am inspired to add this apple cranberry walnut salad this year! Courtesy of Le Creme de La Crumb.
Caramelized-Onion Balsamic Gravy
I always make a basic turkey gravy using homemade turkey stock that I prepare using the neck and giblets- and it is smooth and yummy. But I also make a second gravy for those that like to jack it up a notch… this caramelized onion balsamic gravy is tangy and pairs perfectly with the turkey and mashed potatoes!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Cinnamon Rolls
It wouldn't be a holiday at our house without Gramma making a batch of these amazing cinnamon rolls with my kids! And let's be honest- we make them the day before so we can start off our Thanksgiving day enjoying them with/for breakfast!
Parker House Rolls
Um… so this year I just might make two types of rolls! Crazy- yes. Crazy good that is! These Parker House Rolls are so fluffy and so buttery that they are the perfect vehicle for mopping up that extra gravy you left behind on your plate- and for making mini-turkey sandwiches the next day!
Looking for Some More Great Holiday Ideas?
Are you as excited about the Thanksgiving side dishes as I am?