With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be wracking your brain for what to bring to a Friendsgiving celebration or how to mix things up for your annual Turkey Day dinner. Obviously, the bird is the star of the show, but the turkey needs a great supporting cast to really shine.
Here are a few of our favorite seasonal side dishes to cook up in the kitchen.
Brussels Sprouts got a bad rap when we were kids, as they can be bland and mushy. But sprouts have made a big comeback, and there’s tons of flavor packed into the tiny cabbage-like vegetables.
We love Brussels Sprouts most when they’re roasted until crisp on the outside. Simply coat them with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in a 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes. For your Thanksgiving table, amp up the flavor with the addition of pancetta and balsamic vinegar, cheese and breadcrumbs, or Dijon mustard.
Sweet on Potatoes
Thanksgiving sweet potatoes are usually covered in brown sugar and mini marshmallows. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with grandma’s tried-and-true recipe, we love playing up the natural sweetness of potatoes without all the extra sugar.
These Sweet Potato Wedges are drizzled in a delightful balsamic onion jam that will have your guests coming back for seconds, and these Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes are covered in tangy blue cheese. If you’re not sold on the idea of savory sweet potatoes, we love this twist on the classic recipe: < href=”http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sweet-potato-souffle-molasses-sauce”>Sweet Potato Soufflé. You can enjoy it with or without a side of molasses sauce.
Bean There, Done That
Listen, we love Green Bean Casserole as much as the next person. It’s pretty much the only time it’s acceptable to eat French fried onions.
That said, there are so many other ways to enjoy green beans around your Thanksgiving table. Add a bit of heat to your menu with this wok-free recipe for Sichuan-style Dry-fried Green Beans with Chilies and Pickles or embrace the classic combination of Green Beans with Crisp Shallots. You can also do a healthier take on your beloved casserole with Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Gorgonzola.
Stuffed With Flavor
There’s the age-old debate over stuffing, dressing and filling, and everyone has their particular camp. But if you’re willing to buck from tradition, the options are endless.
Adventurous eaters will enjoy the amped-up flavor profiles in this Red Hot Oyster and Kimchi Dressing recipe. Meat-lovers who desire a bit of a crunch in their favorite Thanksgiving side will love this Andouille and Bell Pepper Stuffing recipe.
And those who usually only lust after the bread-heavy side dish can get in on the Thanksgiving Day action with this Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffing. We can also get behind any stuffing that adds fruit including cranberries and pears, apples and even peaches.
If you’re short on time or inspiration, let us help with your menu! We offer Bill’s Mac and Cheese and delicious Vegetable Risotto to go. Browse our catering menu and call us at 717-724-0222 to place your Thanksgiving side dish order today!