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Brainstorm: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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

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November 9, 20211 found this helpful
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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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November 9, 20213 found this helpful
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I was recently given a big bag of dried cranberries and didn't have any canned cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving so I found this recipe and I'm going to try it. *I might add some orange juice to the sauce as well, as I like the flavor of it in cranberry sauce.*

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November 9, 20211 found this helpful

try fresh raspberries in your cranberries delish

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November 10, 20211 found this helpful

Do let us know how it turns out. I really like dried cranberries in general and it seems like a great reuse. I was thinking of making a non casserole version of green bean casserole, with stir fried green beans and mushrooms topped with crispy onions and dried cranberries.

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Lighter and the beans will have more crunch when served.

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November 9, 20212 found this helpful
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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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November 22, 20210 found this helpful

Mmm, all those things sound wonderful but especially the stuffing. I love sausage in mine but my oldest is a vegetarian so we make it meat free.

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Although he doesn't like stuffing that much so maybe I will let him feast on his favorites instead and make it this year.

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November 9, 20211 found this helpful
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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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November 10, 20211 found this helpful
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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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November 14, 20211 found this helpful
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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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November 22, 20210 found this helpful

That sounds unusual but I bet it is great. I'd love it if you shared it with us when you make it this year.

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November 16, 20210 found this helpful
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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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November 17, 20210 found this helpful

Candied sweet potatoes

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