It just goes to show how important the side dishes really are during the holiday: A turkey at the table is the shining star, sure, but what would Thanksgiving be without all the side dishes piled up a mile high on your plate?
It is for this reason that for this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme) we asked our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to submit their absolutely favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
This following roundup features amazing recipes for what to do with your sweet potatoes, how you can sneak some sort of green vegetable onto your plate, and we also include a few soft rolls recipes to soak up the gravy, too. As we are just a few short days away from Thanksgiving, find some inspiration for how to make the classics a little better, or maybe you’ll be moved to bring something entirely new to table this year.
This cranberry sauce gets an upgrade with a generous splash of boozy brandy. Homemakers Habitat writes of her creation: “After the big meal, I love to slather this sauce on whole wheat waffles, blitz it with butter for an awesome topping for toast and, of course, add a healthy dollop on turkey sandwiches. With these delights in mind, I always make a double batch of my signature sauce.” Click here for the recipe.
Cherry On My Sundae
Another twist on Thanksgiving’s favorite vegetable, this Brussels sprout recipe tosses the green gems in a honey mustard dressing then adds toasted, chopped walnuts and grated Parmesan. Click here for the recipe.
“This gratin is almost like an optical illusion,” notes blogger Coley Cooks. “From its appearance alone, it looks just like a potato gratin. But as soon as you bite in, your mouth is overtaken with the unique flavors and you instantly know that it’s not potato you’re eating.”
It’s a touch sweeter than a potato gratin — thanks to the celery root — but it also has a more complex flavor and a creamier texture. Try it out this Thanksgiving; click here for the recipe.
“Recipes have to work hard and wow me to earn a place on my Thanksgiving menu. Normally, poor sauerkraut would be laughed out of the room. I've just taught my sauerkraut snobby self a lesson as I would happily serve this as a side dish at Thanksgiving. It's. That. Good. The bonus is you can make it a day in advance,” explains Diary of a Mad Hausfrau. Find here special Thanksgiving Creamy Pumpkin Caraway Sauerkraut recipe here.
“The secret to making these roasted vegetables irresistible is to add bacon,” notes Eat, Drink, and Save Money. “Believe me, I’ve tried to omit it and I’m always sad when I do. Bacon makes everything better. Trust me on this one.” For this irresistible roasted vegetable recipe, click here.
Fresh cranberries, cream cheese, chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and a big container of Cool Whip are just some of the ingredients that make up this strange yet legendary Thanksgiving dish. As This Is How I Cook notes, “Yeah, it is hard to change a good thing, and this is GOOD.” Check out her recipe here.
Bring a little sophistication to this down-home side dish. Savory Experiments simply steams her green beans and then drizzles a lightly sweet and impossibly creamy mascarpone sauce over them. She finishes this dish with sliced almonds for textures and dried cranberries for a small burst of tartness. For the recipe, click here.
The Cozy Cook
With just 20 minutes of prep time, a quick rise, and just 15 minutes of cook time, these rolls go from dough to table in just an hour. For this recipe, click here.
Platter Talk shares his “irrefutable truths” about mashed potatoes: One, mashed potatoes are among the consummate foods of comfort. Two, mashed potatoes are not just for holidays. And three, mashed potatoes are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. Find out how he makes these classic parsley and garlic mashed potatoes here.
If you are looking for something a bit non-traditional, look no further. This recipe roasts cauliflower, bringing out a gentle sweetness, and pairs it will crunchy breadcrumbs for texture, capers for a burst of acid, and toasted almonds and raisins to add another layer of flavor and depth. Check it out here.
Delightful Mom Food
Creamed corn is a classic Thanksgiving dish that doesn’t get enough credit these days. But here, but food blogger Coley Cooks makes hers with potent rosemary: “It’s creamy without being heavy, sweet but still savory, and has the slightest scent of rosemary without being overpowering.” For this recipe, click here.
“So not only is this a healthier version of mashed potatoes because of the addition of the celeriac, but there’s also no milk, cream, butter, cheese, or even bacon!” explains The Hungry Hutch. That said, she also adds, “So maybe you don’t need cheese or bacon to make traditional mashed potatoes, but those additions never hurt.” For this recipe, click here.