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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

A collection of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.
Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey, favorite family side dishes are anticipated from year to year. As families blend, new dishes are added or substituted for old but some are nearly always included on the Thanksgiving table, like mashed potatoes, candied yams and stuffing.
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November 9, 2021

A collection of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes?

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I make stuffing with Ritz crackers instead of bread. I also like to serve sauteed green beans with slivered almonds.

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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.

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Fresh made cranberry sauce with grated orange and chopped celery mixed in. Several variations of the recipe available online.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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For vegan lovers, omit sausage, beef and chicken broth by using vegetable broth. It will still have a savory flavor. This is a dish that is favorite with our family, and it takes first place over other sides and meats (Turkey). Ymmm can't wait!

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April 29, 2016

This holiday meal staple is actually perfect any time. Their beautiful orange color is only surpassed by their great taste. This page contains candied sweet potatoes recipes.

Square Baking Dish with sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows

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October 18, 2012

The favorite part of any turkey dinner is often the gravy. This page contains turkey gravy recipes.

Turkey Gravy in Gravy Boat

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November 4, 2011

This page contains cranberry sauce recipes. Looking for an alternative to canned cranberry sauce? There are many recipes for variations on this holiday favorite.

Cranberry Sauce Recipes, Stemmed bowl of cranberry sauce.

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November 4, 2011

This page contains green bean casserole recipes. Green bean casserole is a delicious dish that many families serve at Thanksgiving.

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It is a simply dish to make and there are a number of ways to enhance the traditional recipe too.

Green Bean Casserole Tips and Recipes, Green bean casserole.

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October 4, 2011

This page contains mashed potato recipes. Mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish. There are a number of ways to make mashed potatoes and many flavorful variations.

Upclose photo of mashed potatoes in a bowl.

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