Sure, the turkey is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal, but the side dishes you serve can really help the dinner shine and be what people remember the most about the meal. Choosing new, interesting or classic side dishes is easy when you take a look at over 100 different side dish recipes that Food Network provides for you. Check it out!
Tag Archives: Thanksgiving
Not cooking Thanksgiving dinner yourself this year? While that may relieve you of a lot of preparation time and cooking in the kitchen, if you are going to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving this year keep in mind all that they have to do to prepare for the day. You may want to offer to do what you can or bring something of your own to the festivities. Bon Appetit has some great ideas as far as host gifts, side dishes, wine, drinks and other ideas about what you can do or bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Check it out!
Side dishes can be the stars of your Thanksgiving meal and you can make some great sides that are really easy to put together to make your Thanksgiving meal spectacular. Saveur has put together 33 Thanksgiving side recipes for you check out that are uncomplicated and delicious. Check it out!
When planning your Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to forget about having some great appetizers to keep everyone ready for the big meal. Cooking Channel has put together 60 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that you can try to keep the crowd happy. Check it out!
Still aren’t sure what to do for some of your dishes for Thanksgiving? Bon Appetit has 20 last-minute ideas for you using things you likely already have around for the holiday. They can cover all your sides, the turkey and dessert for you. Check it out!
I still have some side dishes that I made recently that would be great for your Thanksgiving table. I made both of these recently for Michelle’s birthday dinner and both were very simple to do. I think you want to try to keep the side dishes as easy as you can and even make them ahead of time if at all possible to save yourself some time on Thanksgiving when you are focused on family and the turkey. You can always simply re-heat your sides in the oven while the turkey is resting. This can give you more than enough time to get your sides heated properly and get everything on the table while it is hot. The first one for today is a very easy recipe for some maple glazed carrots.
Maple Glazed Carrots
12 medium carrots, with the greens attached
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Trim off all but 2 inches of the green tops of the carrots. Put the carrots, butter, sugar, water and salt to taste in a large skillet. Cover the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Maintain the boiling until nearly all the liquid evaporates, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Uncover the skillet and add the maple syrup. Cook, shaking the skillet over the heat frequently, until the carrots have obtained a nice glaze on them, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve.
You could certainly leave out the maple syrup and still get something of a glaze on the carrots using this method and they would be good, but I think the maple syrup adds a really nice flavor to the carrots. You could also substitute honey for the maple syrup and get a nice glaze from that as well. Since this recipe was so easy, I did not need to make it ahead of time and simply made these on the stove top while the turkey was resting.
The second recipe is one I picked up from the cooking blog A Wee Bit of Cooking. It is a Finnish dish that is often used for the holidays called Lanttulaatikko. This is a turnip casserole that makes use of rutabaga, or yellow turnip. We have often eaten rutabaga on Thanksgiving in my family. It has a very distinct flavor to it and some people are put off by the aroma it can give off, but I love the flavor that you get from it. I often make it during the year, simply mashing it up, but this recipe adds a little bit more and is just as easy.
Lanttulaatikko (Turnip Casserole)
1 large rutabaga or yellow turnip
2/3 cup cream
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Peel the turnip and cut it into 1/2-inch chunks. In a medium saucepan, place the turnip and cover with salted water. Bring the turnips to a boil and boil until they are completely tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the turnips.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the turnips well with a potato masher and then run them through a potato ricer. Combine the cream, butter, honey, nutmeg and egg and mix until blended. Add the mixture to the mashed turnips and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the turnip mixture to a small casserole dish and smooth the top with a fork or spatula and dot with the butter. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until golden and crisp on the top. Serve.
Since the turnip can take a long time to soften and get tender and then to bake, I made this dish the day before our meal and simply re-heated it in the oven while the turkey rested. You get the flavor of the turnips along with the honey and nutmeg and it is a simple, sweet flavor. I would make this any time of year as a side dish for poultry or beef.
That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for even more recipes. There’s still time before Thanksgiving and I still have recipes to share. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!
You need lots of options when it comes to the side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal, so here are another 30 recipes that are very easy and simple to make from Saveur Magazine. They cover all kinds of vegetables and potato dishes so you can liven up your menu with little effort. Check it out!