Get your stretchy pants ready! We’re coming into the “most wonderful time of the year”!
Of course I’m kidding! (sort of) It’s time to dust off your favorite family recipes and maybe add a new one or two. From appetizers to desserts, we all have our preferences. But let’s face it, the turkey and pumpkin pie get all the glory. The crowd gathered ’round the table never gasps with mouth-watering anticipation at the sight of a bowl of brussels sprouts! We know the value of eating our vegetables, but during the holidays we want comfort foods, things that remind us of hearth and home. So, if I may, I’d like to place the spotlight on the real workhorse of our holiday meals-the SIDES! If we can change the presentation of a mainstay or add a few that are healthier, all the better. But, there are a few that without them, it just wouldn’t be a true holiday meal!
I suppose I’m partial to the side dishes because the dressing has been one of my food assignments, in our family, for as long as I can remember. My husband and I faithfully tear the loaves of bread into bite sized pieces and chop the celery and onions for the thirty or forty people that will assemble at my brother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve got it down to a science. And my husband, not so secretly, hopes that there will be leftovers every year.
So, let’s start with the dressing. (For those of you wondering why I refer to it as dressing rather than stuffing, it’s not because of my mid-western roots. A savory bread based casserole baked outside of the bird, is called dressing. If the bread recipe is baked inside the bird, it’s refer to as stuffing. Just F.Y.I) This particular dressing could be made with just about any recipe. It’s the presentation that catches the eye and makes it so easy to serve. You could even put cranberry sauce in a small bowl and place it in the hole in the center. (Is it wierd that I get excited about these things?)
- Stuffing/Dressing in a Bundt: A perfect #Thanksgiving show stopper on your dining table!
- Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad: I love Fall and the flavors that come with it. So why not incorporate them into a salad? It not only looks yummy, it’s got a few health benefits too! Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
- Lily’s Maple Bacon Green Beans with Slivered Almonds: Some people have to have a green bean casserole with the soup mixture and fried onions on top, but I like tradition with a twist. This green bean recipe probably doesn’t cut any of the calories of the original, but ooh, I love the combination of flavors! I can’t tell you how many green bean “converts” we’ve had with these.. always fresh, never from the can! Step-by-step photos to making my daughter’s favorite vegetable!
- Corn Casserole: My mother makes the best corn casserole in my opinion. Just sayin’. I like corn unadorned also, but this is so sweet and satisfying for special occasions. My fav thanksgiving side dish ever!! Corn Casserole 1 box Jiffy 1 can cream corn 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 2 eggs 1 stick butter, melted 1 Cup Sour cream Mix all together in casserole adding the sour cream last. Bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes. I make this every year…you can double & triple it. Family favorite.
- Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter: When I came across this bread recipe I just knew I had to add it to the list! It’s pumpkin bread in adorable little pumpkin shapes. Oh, and did I mention the cinnamon butter to slather on top? Everyone wants this recipe!
Happy holidays y’all! I’m grateful for you and hope that all of your side dishes are delicious!