This year I am so excited to have my Dad spend Thanksgiving with us. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. My parents would always throw a huge Thanksgiving at our house every year. Such a great time to get together with family and friends that you have adopted as family! This year I will be carrying on the tradition up here in Oregon and I’m really excited to start planning our menu and trying out some recipes. Most of my recipes, or ideas from recipes, I get from Pinterest. Anyone else do that too? I don’t know the last time I’ve actually cracked open a recipe book.
There are a few dishes that are non negotiable, that I always have to fix for Thanksgiving. Those are Dad’s fried turkey, Mom’s stuffing and homemade mac n cheese for the hubby. It just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving if I don’t have those. What are your Thanksgiving non negotiables??
In addition to my staples I like to try new side dishes as well. I’ve been perusing Pinterest, as usual, looking for new Thanksgiving sides to try. I found some really great recipes that would be great if you are hosting Thanksgiving or to take with you to someone else’s house. Check them out and let me know which ones are your favorite!
1). Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe from A Southern Fairytale.
First up is this deliciously spicy take on Thanksgiving stuffing from. My friend hosted Thanksgiving last year and among the many delicious recipes that were on her table was this fiery dish. It was so good and I plan on making this along with my more traditional stuffing.
2). Perfect White Buns from Fraiche Nutrition.
These great Perfect White Buns from Fraiche Nutrition look amazing! I’m adding these to my must make list for Thanksgiving this year!
3). Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots from Cooking and Beer.
These Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots from Cooking and Beer are a must try side dish. And lets be honest, they had me at bourbon!
4). Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta from Peas and Crayons.
What a beautiful side dish from Peas and Crayons! The colors really pop on this sweet and savory side dish perfect for a Thanksgiving meal.
5). Slow Cooker Creamed Corn from Damn Delicious.
Oven space always seems to be sparse when cooking a big holiday meal. Not to fear, Damn Delicious has our back with this super great creamed corn recipe for the crockpot! Genius!
6). Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes from How Sweet It Is.
Kick your sweet potatoes up a notch or 5 with this Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes recipe from How Sweet It Is. You can’t have too many side dishes with Bourbon, right?!?!
7). Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad from Pinch of Yum.
This Bacon and Brussels Sprouts salad from Pinch of Yum would be the perfect addition to anyone’s Thanksgiving menu! With a lot of heavy side dishes it’s nice to lighten things up with a salad! And bonus, it has bacon!!!
8). Creamed Kale from Vegan Dad.
Vegan Creamed Kale from Vegan Dad that looks mouth-wateringly delicious! This would make a great side dish especially if you have any guests with dietary restrictions.
9). Spinach Balls from The Kitchen is My Playground.
I have been making these Spinach Balls from The Kitchen is My Playground for years! They are so delicious, even The Tot loves them. These are a perfect side to bring with you to a Thanksgiving dinner. You can make them ahead of time and pop them back in the oven to warm up before serving.
10). Crispy Potato Roast from Joyously Domestic.
Instead of doing the typical mashed potato side, how about this Crispy Potato Roast from Joyously Domestic?! With shallots, pancetta and thyme this beautiful side dish is sure to be a hit!
11). Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta from The Cafe Sucre Farine.
12). Creamy Broccoli Salad from Yummy Healthy Easy.
I always love making this Creamy Broccoli Salad from Yummy Healthy Easy for summer BBQ’s. But why not add this for a side at Thanksgiving! It seems to always be a hit, no matter what time of year it is!
13). Roasted Root Vegetables with Honey Orange Vinaigrette from The House That Lars Built.
Root vegetables have never looked more beautiful than they do in this recipe from The House That Lars Built. This definitely would add elegance to any Thanksgiving table!
14). Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad from Family Spice.
Add a healthy side dish to your Thanksgiving menu with this Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad from Family Spice. These flavors are the perfect compliment for many of the traditional Thanksgiving sides.
15). Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread with Cinnamon Maple Butter from Host the Toast.
Why wait for dessert to have a little sweet with your Thanksgiving dinner! Try this Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread with Cinnamon Maple Butter from Toast the Host. This will pair perfect with our fried turkey!
Well I hope this list gives you some ideas of ways to add a little variety to your Thanksgiving dinner this year! Which one are you most excited to try? Comment below and let us know if you make any and how they turned out! Happy planning!