What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes?
I make stuffing with Ritz crackers instead of bread. I also like to serve sauteed green beans with slivered almonds.
Some of my favorites are: my Grandmother's Cranberry-Orange Relish, my Great Aunt's Sauted Brussels Sprouts with bacon + onion + fresh mushrooms, and my Mom's Sage and Sausage Stuffing.
Fresh made cranberry sauce with grated orange and chopped celery mixed in. Several variations of the recipe available online.
My son has been a vegetarian for over 8 years so we have lots of sides on Thanksgiving. In addition to mashed potatoes and stuffing, we always have mac and cheese, cheesy (scalloped) potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. Depending on who else might be coming, we may also have green bean casserole, salad or sweet potatoes too.
I always insist on fresh cranberry sauce over canned. It's so easy and I love the flavor. I have added oranges or other ingredients in the past, but it is usually just cranberries, sugar and water. Sometimes this sauce is added to a smoothie or milkshake to use it up later, or served over pancakes or waffles.
With all these sides, there is always a lot of leftovers. I will start a soup from the turkey frame after dinner and usually cook it overnight right in the roasting pan. I also make little turkey pot pies with turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. I top them with stuffing, which crisps up wonderfully. I put these right in my oven safe bowls and freeze them for a delicious lunch option later in the season. If I still have a lot of any one side, I will freeze that to be served with dinner later. Leftover snacks like cheeses could be incorporated into a breakfast quiche or frozen for use in a future recipe. Leftover bread or rolls can be made into croutons or even a bread pudding. I don't let anything go to waste if I can help it.
My sister in law makes a wicked scalloped turnip casserole. She has given me the recipe and it is always enjoyed even by those who despise turnips.
I am going to go with my Husband's stuffing. It is a meal all on it's own. It is savory with a hint of sweet, by using basic small chunky bread cubes, celery, carrots, onion, Italian sausage, ground beef, raisins, chicken broth, seasonings.
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