Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Favorites: Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Okay, it's now officially less than a week until Thanksgiving. I bet I'm not the only one who hasn't completely decided what they'll be cooking that day, right? I've been narrowing it down by sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving Recipes, starting with Five Thanksgiving Favorites and Favorite Green Vegetables for Thanksgiving, and this week I'm picking five more favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, starting with the Whole Wheat and Mushroom Stuffing above that I've made many times since I first posted it.

This year I'll be going to Dave and Amy's house for Thanksgiving (with my brother Rand, who does all the wonderful headers and graphics on the blog.) I'll take 2 or 3 side dishes, and for sure I'm making Whole Wheat Stuffing "Muffins" with Sausage and Parmesan and Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. Over the weekend I'll make my other choices and make a shopping list, and then it's time to start testing recipes for leftover turkey!

If you're still narrowing down the choices for Turkey day, here are four more side dishes that have been a hit in years past. If you have decided what you're making, I'd love to hear in the comments what side dishes are going to be on the table at your house.

This is a very old photo, but even though the photo isn't the greatest, I loved this recipe for Whole Wheat Stuffing with Sage, Italian Sausage and Pears, which was the first South Beach Diet friendly stuffing recipe I shared on the blog.

When I was a kid "Onions with Cheese Sauce" were always on the menu for Thanksgiving, so last year I came up with this Onion Gratin with Rosemary and Thyme that brought back those memories. (Thanks to Serious Eats, who recently featured this recipe in a post about Thanksgiving Sides: Gratins.

Of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving for some people without sweet potatoes! Many people favor the orange-fleshed variety for holiday meals, but my friend Bonnie loves this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Red Onion, Rosemary, and Parmesan that's made with white sweet potatoes.

And finally, if you're short on oven space on the big day, you might like this recipe for Spicy CrockPot Sweet Potatoes that I made in 2008. (There are lots more ideas for Using the Crockpot for Thanksgiving Dinner in my latest post at
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  1. It looks like you are going to have quite the feast with your family. That onion gratin looks fantastic!

  2. Love your blog! Have done a post of crockpot cooking, slated for Nov. 25.. with a big shout out to you!

  3. Oh what a delicious spread u have on ur lovely blog!

  4. Glad people are liking these ideas. And I am STILL not completely sure what all I'm cooking, but today is the day I'm going to commit and start my list!

  5. Wowie.
    That onion gratin DOES look fantastic. I've already got my supplies for the Thanksgiving meal but this is definitely going on my next holiday table (or potluck) or both!

  6. Thanks CJ! We're big on onions in the Denny family.

  7. My favorite part of Thanksgiving was always the side dishes. Hope you have a lovely day with your family! xox

  8. Thanks Karina! Rand and I are going to make the rounds. (Love your new profile photo!)

  9. Everything looks delicious!


  10. What a grouping of recipes. I'll have to use a few of these for the coming holidays. What a great blog post!


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