Thanksgiving Side Dishes

In the last post in my Thanksgiving round-up, I would like to share with you some of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. Now, we aren’t talking your standard Mashed Potatoes, or Green Bean casseroles. These dishes will offer your guests something different and give your meal that “wow” factor we all want to achieve!

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Relish – Eat.Live.Blog
Everyone knows it is not Thanksgiving without cranberries. And while traditional cranberry sauce is delicious, it is great to have this refreshing cranberry salad available as well. I actually have to make myself a double portion of this one so that I don’t eat it all before the big meal!CranberriesPear And Roquefort Salad With Cranberry-Dijon Vinaigrette – Delicious Dishings
I would usually preface a salad inclusion in a list like this as: It’s nice to have something light to start the meal off with. But this salad is not light. It is loaded with seasonal ingredients and a kind-of decadence you don’t often find in a salad. And what is this holiday about if not decadent eating!

Pear And Roquefort Salad With Cranberry-Dijon Vinaigrette
Recipe and photo by Delicious Dishings

Fall Vegetable Hash (w/ bacon!) – Eat.Live.Blog.
This recipe has made it into my list of very favorite seasonal recipes. Brussel sprouts have made a big comeback in the culinary scene, and in this recipe they are transformed into a side dish that tastes like home, comfort and the holidays.

Fall vegetable hash for ThanksgivingSweet Corn Pudding – My Spice Sage
I had corn pudding for the first time in the last couple of months, and good lord I wish I had known what I was missing out on! While this is a very traditional Thanksgiving dish, I have never run into it at a Thanksgiving meal. It holds all the flavor of a typical corn side dish, but adds layers of texture that make it divine!

Corn Pudding
Recipe and photo by My Spice Sage

 Braised Leeks – A Garden for the House
Who doesn’t love leeks? This recipe is so simple and brings out all of the natural flavors in this leafy vegetable. Plus, they display beautifully, which is always nice when you are looking for a wow factor!

Braised leek side dish
Recipe and photo by A Garden for the House

Delicata Squash and Cranberry Salad – Peanut Butter & Peppers
I had to hold back the urge to make every recipe on this list contain cranberries, but I couldn’t pass this one up. This dish is a great way to lighten up your carbs and add some brightness to your meal.

Delicata-Squash-and-Cranberry-and-Quinoa-Salad-023a
Recipe and photo by Peanut Butter & Peppers

Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Dressing – Southern Fairytale
I mean, do I really need to say anything? It is dressing….with chorizo…and roasted poblanos…I think I have said enough.

chorizo and roasted poblano dressing
Recipe and photo by Southern Fairytale

What side dishes will you be serving this holiday season?

Happy Eating!
–  Renee Hirschberg

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