Even here at The Daily Meal, we find ourselves lost in the Pinaverse, where there are so many great ideas for cooking holiday food. Maybe it’s time you rethink serving your average corn casserole or bland mashed potatoes this year for Thanksgiving.Instead, replace them with these creative, tasty Thanksgiving sides that everyone is sure to enjoy. Each of these dishes not only tastes incredible, but also adds either an element of color or of fall décor to your table.
Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad
This zesty salad uses orange juice, dried cranberries, fresh apples, and pine nuts to create a fruity, crunchy quinoa dish. It’s hearty and healthy enough to earn a spot on your Thanksgiving table. Plus, it adds beautiful color to any dinner.
Honey Maple Roasted Carrots
Carrots so rarely get to be the star of their own dish, despite the fact that they’re filled with sweet, soft roasted goodness. Bake these carrots with a honey bourbon glaze to really pull the natural syrupy flavor out of the vegetable. Top this dish off with some fresh cranberries or pomegranate seeds for added color.
Parmesan-Butternut Squash Gratin
Replace your potatoes in your classic potatoes au gratin with butternut squash for an even more delicious side. In this recipe, butternut squash mixes with vanilla bean and heavy cream to create a sweet, rich side dish.