In just a few short weeks, we will be gathering with family and friends over the Thanksgiving table. Turkey, ham, lasagna, pork – the traditions of the main course vary widely even though turkey is still the prime centerpiece at most celebrations.
For me, I love the turkey but the magic really happens in the side dishes. Tidbits of traditional goodness that complement the turkey and fill everyone’s plates.
Today, for Tasty Tuesday, we are going to give you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving side dishes.
Have family and friends that are vegetarian? Gluten Free? Gourmet? Traditional? No worries! We have you covered!
Are you ready to eat? We are!
Mashed Potatoes – my favorite is yukon gold mashed to buttery goodness that makes the perfect mound to create a gravy mountain! So we always vote for mashed potatoes – how about you? Do you ever NOT serve mashed potatoes? This is one tradition that I can never leave off.
I have been amazed by the amount of gratin recipes this year and I am completely inspired to try some of them – gratin is a great way to get some veggies on the table (with cheese) and they are sure to be a hit! Some of the faves that are in the running for me are:
- Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin from Food & Wine
- Butternut Squash Gratin from Simple Bites
- Brussel Sprouts and Caramelized Shallot Gratin from Kitchen Konfidence
- Cauliflower Gratin from Real Simple
Basically, if it includes Gruyere, I will eat it but these sounded perfect for a Thanksgiving spread!
Let’s talk about the Green Bean Casseroles … I am not a fan of canned vegetables … or soup … or pretend onion thingies.
Here are some wonderful alternatives to the canned Green Bean Casserole:
Best Ever Green Bean Casserole from Alton Brown
Fresh Green Bean Casserole (keeps the onion topping) from Brown Eyed Baker
Fresh Green Bean Casserole (no cream or soup!) from Country Living
Speaking of cans … how about Cranberries? Did you know that cranberries are one of three fruits native to the United States and that they were served at the first Thanksgiving?
And the Native Americans did not serve them from a can so take a few extra steps and bring your cranberries to life with one of these natural and delicious inspirations:
Cranberry Sauce and a Thanksgiving Explosion from Joy the Baker
Simple and Amazing Cranberry Sauce Recipe from Savory Sweet Life
Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Pioneer Woman
Don’t forget your veggies! There are so many wonderful option for Vegetable Dishes at Thanksgiving that are unusual but still traditional and seasonal and yummy for your vegetarian guests.
Thanksgiving Harvard Beets from Big Red Kitchen
Butternut Squash Apple Soup from Elana’s Pantry
6 Ways to Prepare Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving from Foodies Unite
Roasted Parsnip Bread Pudding from Martha Stewart
Maple Ginger Glazed Carrots from Delish.com
Red Wine Braised Cabbage, Pearl Onions and Pears from Kitchen Daily
For our Gluten Free friends – Thanksgiving is a challenging holiday but the Gluten Free Goddess and Shauna, Gluten Free Girl make it a FEAST!
My mouth is watering. I don’t think I can wait for Thanksgiving!
Maybe we should start cooking now?? All this inspiration and all of these wonderful cooks!
Next week for Tasty Tuesday, we TALK TURKEY! How to Prep your Turkey and extra special tips! Share your tips with us!
Get organized with 4virtu’s free online calendar, list tool and free texts – you will be completely ready for Thanksgiving!