Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. And while I love turkey and ham as much as the next girl what really makes Thanksgiving awesome is the stuff that goes with the turkey and ham…am I right? I enjoy a few bites of turkey breast smothered in cranberry sauce but the sides are what motivates me to belly up to the table in those one size too big extra stretchy pants.
I’ve put together a list of some awesome accompaniments – side dishes that offer a new twist on traditional to “OMG I would have never have thought to serve that on Thanksgiving” and a selection of appetizers (we like to call them “munchables” at our house) that will tide folks over until the main event. And, because you can’t have Thanksgiving without desert, I’ve thrown some of those in, too. You’re welcome.
Appetizers and Starters
My go-to appetizer/pot luck recipe. Also great for game day or tailgating.
This is my “signature dish.” There have been a couple of years I’ve skipped making it and I’ve always regretted it.
This is one of my family’s favorite fall sides. Recipe is about midway down when you open the post.
I know mac ‘n cheese is a Thanksgiving table regular for many families. It’s never been something we’ve served but I might have to make an exception for this one. It looks amazing!
Monica says “your relatives will eat this pie in disbelief.” I might have to test this theory for myself. In the name of research, of course.
If you’re looking to keep things on the healthy side, check out this great list: 20 Healthy Holiday Sides – Mommy in Sports
I hope you’ve found something on this list you like. Maybe you’re looking to shake your holiday menu up or maybe you’re a brand new cook looking to start some new traditions or get some fun new ideas. Holidays are all about tradition (at least they are for me) but introducing a some new flavors is a fun way to compliment the “bringing folks together” aspect that is Thanksgiving.
If you have a Thanksgiving recipe board on Pinterest, please pin the image below. Thank you!
Happy cooking, people!
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