Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

Usual Thanksgiving side dishes?

So I have been to a million thanksgiving meals by now, but I am still stumped on what to make. This is my first attempt at doing thanksgiving at my home. My husband's parents will be bringing over the Turkey and stuffing. What sides should I make? Anyone have any great recipes? I want to "wow" everyone.

11 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Make extra stuffing-- they are not just "stuffing" but variety will bring another side dish and everyone loves stuffing

    Sausage, apple, cranberry stuffing-----Very Yummy!!!


    1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread

    3 3/4 cups cubed white bread

    1 pound ground turkey sausage

    1 cup chopped onion

    3/4 cup chopped celery

    2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage

    1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary

    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped

    3/4 cup dried cranberries

    1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

    1 cooked turkey liver, finely chopped

    3/4 cup turkey stock

    8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


    Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

    In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.

    Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill.

    Pumpkin bars--- good!


    1 cup butter

    2 cups white sugar

    4 eggs, beaten

    1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

    1/3 cup butter, softened

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.

    In a large bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the pumpkin. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

    In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/3 cup butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually blend in sugar, then beat until smooth. Spread over cooled pumpkin bars. Cut into squares.


    Pumpkin, apple cobbler---- simple, & good.


    8 small Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

    3/4 cup pumpkin butter

    1/2 (14 ounce) package pumpkin quick bread mix

    8 tablespoons butter

    sweetened whipped cream


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    In a medium bowl, stir together the apples and pumpkin butter. Spread evenly in a 8 or 9 inch square baking dish. Pour the pumpkin bread mix into a bowl, and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the apples.

    Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the apples are tender enough to insert a fork. Serve warm with whipped cream.

    Sweet potato bake-----Yummy!!!!!


    2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

    2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

    6 tablespoons butter or margarine

    6 tablespoons white sugar

    1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon orange zest


    In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, cover the sweet potatoes with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain; transfer to a food processor and puree.

    In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the ginger, margarine, sugar, and orange peel. Allow margarine to melt and mix ingredients together well. Add the puree and swirl together. Serve warm

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cranberry Relish Everyone will ohh and ahh over this simple dish!

    Put 1 package cranberries (4 cups) through a food chopper and 2 oranges. Add 2 cups sugar. Mix well. Chill in refrigerator several hours before serving. Makes 1 quart relish.

  • siwani
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    A couple of things I like and since I do the cooking I go the simplest way. Here is one (my favorite): Baked mac and cheese; I use medium elbow macaroni and shredded colby cheese (lots of cheese) - cook the pasta first, drain then add margarine (Country Crock) and let it melt then mix with the cheese. Throw in a can of "cream of celery" soup (optional) and a little milk. Bake uncovered at 350F for an hour. mmm good stuff.

  • 1 decade ago

    well i made this for dinner and everyone was delighted. its easy taste awesome and presentation is great. take enough asparagus to feed all your guest, steam them until just about done, let cool until you can handle them,make prosciutto into individual portions, take prosciutto that is relatively thick but not too thick, wrap around a portion, its sticky enough it will adhere, cook in a frying pan with just a little bit of oil, until prosciutto is cooked, its italian bacon so it will look the same when cooked, its just leaner. hope this helps. it looks great on a platter with all bundles or individually served

  • 1 decade ago

    Rice with almonds:

    3 cps of rice ( long grain and parboiled)

    4 & a half cups of boiling water ( 1& half cups per cup of rice)

    1 spoon of brown sugar

    2 spoons canola, mazola or vegetable oil

    salt to taste

    soy sauce to taste

    1 small package of almonds peeled and shredded. ( You can buy them peeled & then put them in the blender just a little bit)

    Brown the almonds in a pan at low heat ( no oil) and set appart. Cook rice in a saucepan with the boiling water at high heat. When boiling, lower the heat to low medium. Add salt to taste. Cover and let cook until done. Let stand until cool. Add oil to a sauce pan. Add brown sugar and lightly stir fry. Add the cooked rice and lightly fry. Then add the soy sauce and the browned almonds. Stir fry until done. ( makes enough for about 12 people)

    Apple salad

    10 apples peeled and cut into squares. ( do this just before you'll add the next ingredients to prevent the apples to turn brown) ( I'll give you a tip to prevent this at the end)

    10 spoons of mayo

    A splash of water

    2 small boxes of dark rainsins

    Mix mayo with a plash of water in a blender and mix. The consistency should be thick, so be careful with the amount of water. Add this mixture to the peeled and cut apples and add the raisins. Mix well and let stand in the rfrigerator for at least an hour. You can serve them in leaves of lettuce. It will be a nice presentation.

    Tip to keep apples clear.

    Pour cold water in a bowl. Add lemon juice and salt. Stir well. Peel apples and cut into squares. Soak them in the prepared water for about a min. Take them out and put them, in a sandwich plastic bag or a plastic container and you are done. Apples will not turn brown! You can also use this tip to put cut apples in your kids lunch boxes ( if you have them now or in the future) This tip was given to me by my aunt, which is a proffesional cook.


    Please try this delicvious carrot cake. Given to me by another aunt , owner of a reastaurant abroad.

    2 cups of swifted flour

    1& half vegetable oil

    1cup sugar

    1 cup brown sugar

    4 eggs

    3 tea spoons baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon of salt

    3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg

    2 spoons of groun cinamon

    2 cups of peeled & sheredded carrots ( more or less, depending on your taste)

    1 cup of macadamias or any other nuts you like

    1 cup dark raisins

    Blend sugar & oil

    Add baking soda to swifted flour, cinnamon & salt.

    Add this mixture along with the eggs to the blend of sugar & oil and beat until blended.

    Add shredded carrots, nuts ( macadamias) and raisins and stir well with a spoon.

    Put the mixture into pie pan lightly greased with butter & flour to prevent sticking.

    Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until you insert a tooth pick in the pie and it comes dry.

    The Lustre, you can do the ones they sell ready to apply.

    Although it does'nt need it. It's delicious just without it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sweet potato pie is absulity delishious and have it every year. i also like noodles and pasta but i dont eat anymore meat products because of the cruelty of the animals

  • 1 decade ago




    -garlic bread

    -potatoes (mashed/au gratin/baked)

    -ceasar salad

    -deviled eggs



    -velveeta shells & cheese

  • 1 decade ago

    cranberry sauce

    mashed potatoes

    cole slaw

    biscuits and gravy



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