Of course it wouldn’t be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey, stuffing and gravy but there are a wide variety of side dishes that you can make to complement your main dish. Your Thanksgiving menu should include a number of different vegetables – try to keep your side dishes easy to prepare and easy to keep warm while you are carving the turkey and making the gravy. Keep in mind that just a few extra ingredients can take an ordinary menu item and make it special.
Instead of the usual mashed potatoes why not try whipped garlic potatoes. Peel and cook your potatoes and mash them as you normally would. Then, use an electric hand mixer to whip the potatoes until they are light and fluffy. Add some garlic powder and a pinch of white pepper to add extra flavor.
Take this traditional Thanksgiving side dish to a whole new level by making a sweet potato casserole. Peel and cook your sweet potatoes and mash them as you normally would. Add butter, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon to the potatoes and mix well. You can also use an electric hand mixer on your sweet potatoes to give them a really smooth consistency. Put this mixture in a casserole dish and cover with mini marshmallows and pecan pieces. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Green bean casserole
Your vegetables don’t just have to be plain. Take 2 large cans of green beans, rinse and drain well. In a casserole dish mix the green beans, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of milk, and pepper. Top with crispy fried onions. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Think of colors and flavors
When you are planning your Thanksgiving menu give consideration to the flavors and the colors you will be placing on your table. The rich orange of the sweet potatoes and green of the green bean casserole are all perfect for this season.
Cooking for a large group
The mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and green beans can all be prepared and cooked a day in advance. Once these dishes have cooled off, cover and place in the refrigerator. On Thanksgiving day you can focus on cooking your turkey and spending time with your guests rather than spending all of your time in the kitchen preparing all of your side dishes. Once you remove your turkey from the oven it will need a few minutes to rest before you carve it. Take this time to put all of your side dishes in the oven to heat up. Place your turkey on the cutting board and use your roasting pan to prepare your gravy.
Your guests will be amazed at the wonderful food on your Thanksgiving menu and impressed with how easily you are able to serve it all up. Happy Thanksgiving!