While everyone will be focusing on the turkey this coming Thanksgiving, the side dishes are what seals the deal. While the turkey will provide a certain portion of the necessary sustenance such as protein, the more side dish options you have, the better. The following list will give you plenty to work with when building your Thanksgiving menu.
Grandmother's Cornbread Dressing
The best thing about this cornbread dressing recipe, is that some of it can be prepared in advance.
This is perfect for those who hate rushing things last minute. This recipe allows you the option to freeze the unbaked cornbread dough, and thaw it the day that you choose to prepare it.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet potatoes are not foreign to Thanksgiving, but this slight twist will provide a special flavor. By adding a small amount of orange juice, you will add a little sweetness to the dish, while the crumbled bacon will give everyone something to savour. The best part about this dish is that it is made in the slow cooker, so reduced monitoring is the result.
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
The great thing about the apple-cider vinaigrette is that it can also be made in advance, and it can be kept on hand, before and after the big day. If you decide to make it ahead of time, you will need to make sure to store it in an airtight container. Then, once you are ready for it, make sure to shake it vigorously to ensure that all of the ingredients are well mixed. Once you have the vinaigrette ready to go, all thats left is getting your vegetables prepared. To do this, you will need a sharp chef’s knife and a quality wood cutting board. If you don’t have a good wood cutting board, you can order one from Bulk Cutting Boards, a company that specializes in bulk cutting boards. The cutting board provides the ultimate cutting surface to ensure that the vegetables are cut properly and evenly.
While corn pudding may seem like a simple throw-in, you'll be surprised to know it's actually a Thanksgiving favourite. In fact, this is one dish that I recommend that you always have on your holiday dinner table. There are endless possibilities of ways to dress this dish. It can be something as simple as adding chopped chives, which will add flavor and appeal.
These are just a few of the great side dishes that you can add to your Thanksgiving dinner to bring out the turkey. It is likely that some of your guests may only want side dishes. Remember, the more side dishes you have on that table, the better.