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Thanksgiving Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

Thanksgiving is a time for family, celebration, and food! Of course, everyone knows that the star of the table isn’t just the turkey, but also the delicious side dishes that keep everyone coming back for more! The only problem is that when you have a house full of mouths to feed, it can be tough to find a collection of treats that’s versatile enough to please everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a twist on a classic to help you really make the most out of your culinary creativity this year, or you simply want to start a new tradition, the following crowd-pleasing recipes are sure to satisfy stomachs all around the table. We’ve got something for everyone, including gluten-free pies, and vegan veggies.

1. The Best-Ever Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a quintessential element of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. However, if you want to appeal to the vegans in your family, then you’re going to need to keep away from dairy. The good news is that this incredible vegan mashed potato recipe has everything you need to create the creamiest potatoes around. You will need:

  • Potatoes
  • A non-dairy “butter” spread
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Roasted garlic
  • Chives

2. Cranberry, Cornbread, and Quinoa Stuffing

Another must-have staple in your Thanksgiving recipe book, this savory stuffing will give flavor and depth to everything else on your plate. Part of what makes it so appealing is the fact that it’s vegan-friendly, and perfect for anyone in your family who might be trying to watch their weight. Because it’s packed full of healthy goodness, you don’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds. You’ll need:

  • 3 cups of cornbread
  • A quarter cup of white wine
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 3 quarter cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 4 celery stalks
  • Salt and pepper
  • Torn sage (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

3. Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple-Bacon Drizzle

Here’s something for the meat-eaters in your family. This hearty dish is packed full of incredible fall flavors like maple and squash, as well as a healthy dose of red wine to warm you up for winter. You can always switch the bacon out if you’re serving vegetarians. You’ll need:

  • 2 large acorn squashes
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 bacon slices
  • Half a cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • Rosemary leaves

4. Cheddar Apple Biscuits

Perfect for when you need something light and fluffy to soak up the extra gravy on your plate, these simple cheddar and apple biscuits are easy to make and even easier to eat. The recipe should give you enough for about 16 biscuits, and we recommend serving them hot for the best results. You’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾-cup of apple
  • ¾-cup of sharp cheddar
  • 2 green onions
  • ¾-cup of whole milk
  • 10 tablespoons of frozen, grated butter

5. Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

The perfect side dish or dessert for anyone in your family who can’t stomach gluten. This recipe is quick and simple to put together, and you can even prepare it the night before if you’re pressed for time. At the same time, most of it can be done with your blender, so there’s not much clean-up, either. You will need:

  • 1 cup of pecans
  • ¾-cup of white rice flour
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 2 cups of soy milk
  • ½-cup of melted butter
  • ¾-cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract

6. Hasselback Tater Tots

If you’ve got some picky youngsters coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, then it’s hard to go wrong with some seasonal tater tots. Not only are these potatoes easy to make, but they’re sure to get the approval of everyone around your table — both young and old. All you need to make them is:

  • 1 pound of baby potatoes
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs and spices
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

7. Cranberries with Brandy and Apples

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a healthy dose of cranberries. This delightful cranberry and apple mix will help to add a little more kick to your meal, and keep the adults around the table happy too. Over all, you’ll need about 40 minutes to make it, but only five minutes will be spent in prep, leaving you plenty of time to focus on other dishes. You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of brandy
  • ¼-cup of orange juice
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 medium apples
  • 6 cups of cranberries

8. Sweet Potato Mash with Toasted Marshmallow Cream

The pinnacle of candied potatoes, this final recipe is a must-have for the sweet-tooth in your family. You’ll need to bake your potatoes for up to 60 minutes to give them the perfect silky-smooth texture, then add your sweet treats at the end. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 and ½ cups of marshmallow cream
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½-cup of maple syrup
  • ½-cup of heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds of sweet potatoes

There you go! Enough options to make anyone in your family happy.

Aderra is a condo community in Phoenix. Our residents enjoy kitchens that make cooking for any holiday a breeze. Learn more about Aderra today.

2017-10-12T22:39:19+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Blog|
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