Last week, someone posed a question on Twitter about what really makes Thanksgiving for you. It came from some food-related source, which escapes me, but it struck me: it’s not about the turkey or the pies or anything else. It’s really about family. Thanksgiving is all about family.
My family doesn’t have a set menu each year. I am big on changing things up, and as someone who makes a career from writing about food, we often are adding new dishes to the menu and replacing old ones. But what traditions we do have revolve around everyone being there, together, enjoying.
Nonetheless, the food is important since it’s meant to be a special meal — a step outside the ordinary. So, I wanted to offer up some suggestions for delicious side dishes for Thanksgiving to change up your menu this year.
- Apple, Sage and Walnut Stuffing – Sweet, savory and meaty — without the meat. This version of stuffing is perfect for any table — but particularly meat-free ones.
- Easy Roasted Cheddar-y Cauliflower – Yes, it’s easy. And yes, it’s fast. But this fabulous side dish is also delicious with sharp cheddar coating sweet, roasted cauliflower. Mmm.
- Orange Glazed Beets – Forget super sweet beet recipes, these tangy, saucy beets are a step out of the ordinary — and absolutely delicious.
- Glazed Carrots and Parsnips – On the other hand, if you love sweet sides, these Glazed Carrots and Parsnips deliver big time.
- Pomegranate Thyme Carrots – A little sweet, a little savory. These carrots are tender and delicious.
- Olive Brussels Sprouts with Feta, Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon – Brussels sprouts are a must for our Thanksgiving dinner, and this beautiful recipe is full of big, bright flavors. Make a huge batch.
- Savory Pumpkin Soup – Don’t confuse this with pumpkin pie. This savory pumpkin soup is addictively good, and totally savory with sage, onions and more.
Tomorrow: Fabulous Thanksgiving Appetizers