Thanksgiving dinner is about more than just the turkey — we also come to expect to see the table creaking under the weight of all manner of delicious side dishes paired with the juicy roast bird. From old standbys such as creamy garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to new favourites like roasted, caramelized Brussels sprouts, check out these 10 awesome ideas to pair with your turkey on Thanksgiving day.
1. Alton Brown’s Best-Ever Green Bean Casserole
Few vegetables pair so perfectly with turkey as green beans, and Alton Brown’s casserole is a universe away from your typical green beans. This kicked-up casserole adds mushrooms, onion and garlic, all nestled beneath a crunchy crust of panko breadcrumbs.
Get the recipe for Alton Brown’s Best Ever Green Bean Casserole.
2. Guy Fieri’s Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are practically a given at any Thanksgiving dinner, and there are seemingly endless variations on how to prepare this tasty tuber. Rather than simply baking or mashing, Guy Fieri serves up this twice-baked recipe that adds extra texture thanks to chopped pecans, all topped with a brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon crust.
Get the recipe for Guy Fieri’s Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes.
3. Bobby Flay’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Once upon a time, Brussels sprouts were those soggy, boiled-to-mush vegetables that kids would try to hide under their napkins — but no more. Bobby Flay turns that idea on its head with this Thanksgiving-ready side dish of perfectly caramelized and crispy mini cabbages with rich pancetta bacon. Don’t be surprised if this fall side becomes your family’s favourite new Thanksgiving side dish.
Get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta.
4. Lynn Crawford’s Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
Instead of the same old dinner rolls, kick your Thanksgiving dinner into overdrive with Lynn Crawford’s easy-to-make biscuits, delectably infused with the taste of sharp cheddar cheese.
Get the recipe for Lynn Crawford’s Cheddar Cheese Biscuits.
5. Ree Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce
Thanksgiving turkey without cranberry sauce is like a ski vacation without snow, and Pioneer Woman host, Ree Drummond offers her own creative take on this time-honoured sauce. With orange juice and maple syrup adding extra sweetness and some grated orange rind for extra zest.
Get the recipe for Ree Drummond’s Cranberry Sauce.
6. Ricardo’s Roasted Root Vegetables
No Thanksgiving table should be without a healthy serving of colourful, roasted root vegetables. Ricardo serves up a simply prepared but undeniably delicious combo of potatoes, parsnips, celeriac, carrots, turnips and onions, roasted together to mouth-watering perfection.
Get the recipe for Ricardo’s Roasted Root Vegetables.
7. Ina Garten’s Sausage and Herb Stuffing
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving dinner favourite and everyone seems to have their own unique tried-and-true recipe. It’s pretty much a given that the Barefoot Contessa would have a killer stuffing recipe up her sleeve. If you’re looking to try out a new recipe to pair with your turkey this year, look no further than this savoury sweet stuffing by Ina Garten featuring diced apples and spicy Italian sausage.
Get the recipe for Ina Garten’s Sausage and Herb Stuffing.
8. Alton Brown’s Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Simple but delicious, Alton Brown’s recipe for mashed potatoes adds half-and-half cream, sautéed garlic and some grated Parmesan for a savoury side dish that will pair perfectly with any turkey. But be forewarned: don’t be surprised if guests come back for a second helping of these fluffy, flavourful spuds, so you’ll want to make plenty!
Get the recipe for Alton Brown’s Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
9. Tyler Florence’s Roasted Turkey Gravy
Nothing on the Thanksgiving table pairs more perfectly with everything than gravy. Whether it’s mashed potatoes, stuffing or turkey, a classic gravy is a tasty addition to dress up any dish. Tyler Florence’s drool-worthy sage- and thyme-flavoured gravy recipe will produce about three cups of aromatic sauce for your lip-smacking pleasure.
Get the recipe for Tyler Florence’s Roasted Turkey Gravy.
10. Ree Drummond’s Mushroom Pilaf
In addition to recipes that offer new spins on old favourites, this filling side dish by Ree Drummond is bursting with the rich, savoury flavour of shitake mushrooms.
Get the recipe for Ree Drummond’s Mushroom Pilaf.
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