To us, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate all kinds of things. We love using the family meal we always host as an opportunity to celebrate loved ones, food fortunate, and, if we’re being completely honest with you, food. We just really love food and the fall season has some of the best flavours and ingredients of the whole year! Even though we clearly have our favourites, we’re still always on the lookout a few weeks in advance, searching the Internet for awesome and unique side dish options that we might not have tried before but think our family will really love.
Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we are, if not more, about the idea of learning how to make a new fall side dish or two this Thanksgiving?
1. Sweet glazed carrots
We’re just that just about everyone the world over has tried carrots as a side dish to their family meals before, but we find that most people we know serve them boiled with butter and salt, which gives them quite a savoury taste. Recently, we tried carrots with a sweet note to them instead and we’re pretty sure our lives have been changed forever! Give these sweet glazed carrots from Food Network a try to see what we mean.
2. Oven roasted squash with garlic and parsley
Similarly to the carrots, we’ve tried squash as a delicious Thanksgiving side dish plenty of times before, but sometimes it’s nice to put a slightly unique spin on things just to keep them interesting! That’s why we were so pleased to come across this recipe from Eating Well that walks you through the simple steps for making this easy but flavourful oven roasted squash with garlic and parsley.
3. Corn pudding (or Southern corn casserole)
If you ask us, one of the best ways to put a bit of a twist on your favourite classic side dishes is to bake it into a casserole! Of course, there are all kinds of ways to do that and all different ingredients you can use, but our favourite kind usually involved vegetables in some kind of creamy cheese sauce. We doubt it’ll come as any surprise, then, that we were very pleased indeed to come across this corn pudding (which is a Southern corn casserole dish) featured on Basil & Bubbly!
4. Creamy mashed potatoes
Are you actually quite the beginner in the kitchen and, even though you can usually handle cooking dinner for yourself on an average night, this year will be your first time making a Thanksgiving meal for the whole family? In that case, we think there’s no shame in finding some great tutorials with tips and tricks for making the very best classic fall side dishes that people are nearly always expecting! This tutorial from I Heart Naptime, for example, teaches you how to make some of the most creamy and delicious mashed potatoes we’ve ever had. Sure, making mashed potatoes might seem like common sense, but having some help there to read through and follow just in case can’t hurt when you’re really trying to impress your loved ones, right?