There are some dishes that simply can’t budge from your Thanksgiving Day menu lest you risk the wrath of your entire family. But sometimes, it’s nice to mix things up a little. We wouldn’t advise you to toss out Great-Grandma’s time-tested stuffing recipe in favor of some fancy gourmet concoction that will raise many a skeptical eyebrow around your table. Instead, we encourage you to embrace a new dish here and there, a slight spin on a classic or an addition to your beloved standard spread. You’ll be surprised how many new favorites might just end up with their own spots on your list of must-makes.
Veggie Sides to Try
This is the turkey’s day to take center stage, but for many, the side dishes are every bit as important – if not more so. If you’re looking to add some new luster to your standard feast, here are a few vegetable-based sides that deserve a place on your Thanksgiving table this year. They might just find a permanent home there:
- Cheesy Brussels Sprout Casserole – This quick and easy side will make Brussel sprouts fans of everyone at your table. After all, what’s not delicious with lots and lots of melty cheese?
- Holiday Roasted Vegetables – Sprouts, root veggies, herbs, pecans, and cranberries combine for a delightfully autumnal complement to your meal.
- Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes – Buttery potatoes meet rich cream cheese for this luscious take on a creamy favorite.
- Loaded Cauliflower Bake – Like mac and cheese minus the pasta, this cauliflower-based casserole also features two different cheeses and bacon. Mmm.
- Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Onions – Similar to the standard green bean casserole, but without the mush factor, this dish skips the cream-of-mushroom soup and has a fresher appeal than its cousin.
- Slow-Cooker Creamed Corn – Free up some oven space by whipping up this rich and satisfying corn dish in your handy slow-cooker.
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