Thanksgiving Side Dishes

If you’re like me, you have a horrible time trying to decide what to serve with your turkey at Thanksgiving. I don’t mess with the bird at all: we’re a turkey frying family, and that is The Renaissance Man’s domain for sure. But that gives me side dishes and dessert(s) to stress over.

I say “stress” because I tend to get worked up over stuff that I shouldn’t. Thanksgiving is one of those things. We don’t host a big dinner for tons of people; it’s just the two of us every year. And yet, I stress.

Which brings me back to the side dishes. I am a big fan of one-dish meals, so sides are a little out of my comfort zone anyway, but to stand up to our delicious turkey, I feel the need to step it up a notch.

While I’m trying some new things this year, I thought I’d give everyone else a hand and give you some ideas for great sides that I think would be great for Thanksgiving.

Don’t stress like me. Just use one of these ideas:

Roasted Leeks

I had to put these roasted leeks first. They are so simple, yet so very, very delicious, that everyone should try them at least once. TRM keeps asking for them, which is always a sign that something is good. Plus, they have a great earthy flavor that would compliment turkey quite well.

Mashed Potatoes

Duh. Mashed potatoes will go perfectly with all that amazing turkey gravy you’ve got going for Thanksgiving. Especially if you add plenty of butter, garlic, and fresh pepper like these have.

Macaroni and Cheese

If you are feeding a lot of people, some of them are bound to be picky. And I have never met a person who didn’t love mac and cheese. If someone in your family turns their nose up at anything with weird ingredients or the word “reduction” in it, make a big casserole dish of this, and they’ll be coming back for seconds.

Au Gratin Potatoes

If you’re tired of the same old potato dishes for the big day, try these au gratin potatoes. They’re definitely a departure from the ordinary Thanksgiving fare, but they sure are warm, comforting, and delicious.

Sauteed Mushrooms in Wine

A few pounds of mushrooms sliced and sauteed in olive oil and wine (I suggest red for Thanksgiving) and you’ve got a side that tastes fancy and only took ten minutes. Make the mushrooms with with spinach for some color on your plate.

I hope these ideas saved you from stressing out the day before Thanksgiving. Or at least gave you some ideas for regular meals.

What are you serving as sides for Thanksgiving?

The Wife

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving in Advance! I will be running a 5k tomorrow morning, and will be sharing our turkey day fare with you on Friday. I am thankful for you, my wonderful readers, this year!

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