Thanksgiving is soon approaching, and we’re excited to spend time with family and loved ones.
Invite around the family and make some delicious thanksgiving side dishes. We’ve searched the Internet for the easiest and tastiest meals/sides. Give these a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes Everyone Can Try
We’ve provided a wide selection of Thanksgiving side dishes to suit everyone’s tastes and lifestyles. Don’t worry if you’re not experienced in the kitchen. These are simple, delicious dishes anyone can follow. Set aside some time and put down your phone. Gather in the kitchen with loved ones and create some healthy and nutritious dishes.
1. Spiced Pumpkin, Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup
The best thanksgiving side dishes are easy to prepare, but take delicious. This spice pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato soup is great for winter nights. Prepare and put in the freezer if you’d like to save some for future nights.
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion (peeled and sliced)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 2 sweet potatoes (about 400g, peeled and roughly diced)
- 2 large carrots (about 200g, peeled and roughly diced)
- 400 g pumpkin or squash flesh (peeled and roughly diced)
- 1 eating apple (cored and roughly diced)
- 1 liter vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 30 g butter
- Pepper and salt to taste
- Heat the oil and fry the onion in a saucepan. Add the garlic and fry until a golden colour. Then, add the cinnamon and allspice and cook until fragrant.
- Add the sweet potato, carrot, and pumpkin and fry for a few minutes.
- Next, add the stock, vanilla essence and apple. Season with pepper and salt. Then, stir cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes until the ingredients are soft.
2. Balsamic Roasted New Potatoes with Asparagus
If you’re looking for delicious thanksgiving side dishes, then this is a great choice for you. This is a flavourful and moreish dish which is also comforting. This is a great side dish for lunch or dinner. Alternatively, use it for a simple dinner in the week.
- 1 kg new potatoes (cut into quarters)
- 250 g asparagus tips cut into 2 inch pieces or halved
- 2 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- A generous pinch of salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 200C / 390F.
- In a large roasting tin, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. Add the potatoes and toss to coat fully before roasting for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, add the asparagus with a little extra olive oil, if needed. Toss to coat and cook for a further 15 minutes.
- Season with extra balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy.
3. Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad
This salad is refreshing and delicious.
- 4 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into small florets about 2 heads of broccoli
- 5 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cut into very small cubes (or shredded if you prefer)
- 2/3 cup canola mayo (or regular full-fat mayo)
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
- zest of 1 small lemon
- zest of 1/2 orange
- 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
- pinch of black pepper
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Chop broccoli into very small florets and set aside. Fill a large bowl with cold water and a cup of ice cubes.
- Add a generous pinch of salt to boiling water and add broccoli. Boil for 20 seconds. Drain broccoli and transfer to prepared bowl with ice water. Let broccoli sit in cold water for a few minutes, until cool. Drain and lay broccoli out onto some paper towels to drain. Allow to continue air drying while you prepare other parts of the recipe.
- To a small mixing bowl, add poppyseed dressing ingredients, then whisk together until smooth and combined. Set aside.
- Add finely chopped red onion to a small bowl of cold water and let sit 5 minutes, then drain. This takes some of the "bite" out of the raw onion.
- To a large mixing bowl, add dried broccoli florets, bacon, drained raw onion, cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese. Toss with citrus poppyseed dressing (start with about half the dressing, and increase to your liking).
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Toss and serve.
4. Baked Sesame Vegetable Spring Rolls
- 12-15 filo or spring roll pastry
- Cornflour slurry
- 2 tbsp oil
- 100g carrots
- 100g shredded cabbage
- 50g courgette spaghetti
- ½ bunch spring onion
- 1 small onion
- 1 tbsp minced ginger and garlic
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsps sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- ½ tsp Chinese spice powder
- Salt to taste
- Heat a wok for a few minutes and add oil.
- Once the oil is heated, add ginger-garlic, sesame seeds and plain onion.
- Saute for a few minutes. Ass carrots, cabbage and courgette.
- Stir-fry the vegetables for 3 minutes on a high heat. Then, add the Chinese spice powder along with all sauces.
- Add some salt to taste and mix everything.
- Turn off the heat, and add coriander leaves.
- Leave it to cool.
For spring rolls:
- Place one filo or spring roll pastry on a worktop.
- Put the one tbsp. of filling in the lower center of the pastry.
- Fold the bottom corner over the filling tightly.
- Then, fold the left corner into the middle of the roll.
- Fold the right corner into the middle of the roll, so the right meets the left.
- Roll the bottom up until you reach to the edge. On the triangle edge, apply little cornflour slurry and seal the edge.
- Repeat the same procedure with remaining filo sheets to make more rolls.
- Place all of them on a baking sheet. Brush all of them with remaining oil and sprinkle sesame seeds.
- Bake for around 20 minutes until a light golden brown. Serve hot with sauce.
5. Bacon Wrapped Sage and Sausage Stuffing
This recipe makes a beautiful center piece on your table. It’s a great treat for the winter season, and all guests will love it.
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 3 tbsps butter
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 lb sausage meat of your choice I use a plain sausage opposed to Italian
- a small handful of fresh sage finely chopped
- 1 tsp bells seasoning optional
- 1⁄2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 1 cup large stale bread crumbs
- 1 1⁄2 - 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 large egg
- 12-24 strips of bacon
- Preheat the oven to 400/200c
- Line a nonstick loaf pan with the about 12 strips of bacon until fully covered. Set aside.
- If your sausage is in casings, remove it. Cook the sausage in the olive oil on medium high heat in a large frying pan until brown and completely cooked.
- Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Drain the grease from the pan. Add the butter and cook the onion & celery until soft (being careful not to let it get too brown). If it starts getting too dry, you can add additional butter (one tablespoon at a time).
- Add the sage, bells seasoning, thyme & pepper. Add the breadcrumbs, followed by the chicken stock starting with 1 1/3 cups.
- Set aside for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
- Add the egg. Mix well until combined.
- Add the mixture to the prepared pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes. Turn onto a serving pan and serve (if the bacon did not crisp enough you can put it back into the pan and bake it a little longer).
What are Your Favourite Thanksgiving Side Dishes?
We hope you enjoyed reading these thanksgiving side dishes. These are great for special evenings at home with friends. Turkey isn’t the only star of the show during this time of the year, as there are many other dishes available.
After reading these recipes, what are your favourite from the selections above? Share your thoughts or other recommendations in the comments to keep this conversation going.