Thanksgiving is such a beautiful time to stop and reflect on things for which we are grateful. A house filled with family and friends, good conversation and delicious smells, it doesn’t get much better than that. I do have a Thanksgiving confession to make… I could care less if I get any turkey. The truth is Thanksgiving dinner is ALL ABOUT THE SIDES. I cooked my first full Thanksgiving dinner in college and since then I’ve been experimenting with different recipes including having someone else cook (I had Thanksgiving catered last year, it wasn’t the same). In my ten years of testing, here are the best recipes I’ve come across.
Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta
This recipe is buttery, nutty with a mild but delicious pancetta/bacon flavor. Once you use ciabatta for your stuffing you will never go back to plain white bread, I promise.
Recipe + photo courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Baked Macaroni + Cheese
Is there anything better then classic mac and cheese? The sauce is just the right consistency and the crunchy topping cuts the richness of the dish. Your guests will be coming back for seconds on this one.
Recipe + photo courtesy of Alton Brown
Sweet Corn Pudding
Sweet corn, butter, Parmesan, need I say more? This recipe is the perfect balance of sweet + salty.
Recipe + photo courtesy of Gale Gand
Cheesy Broccoli + Cauliflower Bake
With caramelized onions, garlic and Parmesan this dish has big flavor but there is a secert to this sauce is pizza seasoning. I know it sounds unconventional but give it a try, you will love it. The cheese sauce is less temperamental than a typical cheese sauce so it’s the perfect dish for when you are multi-tasking in the kitchen.
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Maple Sweet Potatoes
There are a lot of things you can do with sweet potatoes. They pair well with so many different flavors but once I found this delcious recipe which only has 4 ingredients, I decided there was no reason to spend a ton of extra time here. Minimal effort and big flavors.
Recipe + photo courtesy of Allrecipes
Just like with sweet potatoes, less is more with mash potatoes. I’ve tried putting many ingredients in mash potatoes and each time I’m disappointed. This is the perfect simple mash recipe and it even get’s a 5 star rating Food Network’s site from home cooks.
Recipe + photo Credit: Tyler Florence
3 ingredients and you will have a tart and sweet topping for your turkey, if you have any room left after eating all these yummy sides.
Recipe + photo Credit: Allrecipes
For more yummy recipes check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!