20 Gourmet Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Are Easy But Delicious
The holidays are coming and if you want to make an impression on a dinner you have been invited to, we have just the Gourment side dishes for you.
While Turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, there is always room for side dishes.
In fact, Thanksgiving is incomplete without them. Those side dishes complement the main dish on the table. From potatoes to squash, mushroom, and some sweet side dishes, here are 20 popular and easy dishes to include in your Thanksgiving menu.
1. Grilled Green Bean and Onion Tarts
What you may need to prepare this dish is 1/3 sheet Puff Pastry (thawed), 1/2 pound Fresh Green Beans (trimmed), 1/2 sliced Onion, Olive Oil, Salt, and 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese.
Place the pastry puff on a baking sheet and keep it in the oven for fifteen minutes until it is golden brown. Then, press the center of the puff with a spatula. Saute the onion and green beans in a grill pan and drizzle with oil.
Sprinkle salt and grill it until they are softened. After that, top onion and green beans in the puff and sprinkle feta cheese.
2. Spice Roasted Butternut Squash
To make spice-roasted butternut squash, you will require peeled and seeded butternut squash, some extra virgin oil, and spices like cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper.
Toss the squash with olive oil, cumin, coriander, and cayenne, and season it with salt and pepper. Then, spread the squash in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for about 40 minutes in the oven until soft and lightly browned. Next, you can transfer it into the bowl, ready to be served.
3. Garlic-Butter Roasted Carrots
The name of the dish itself is a recipe. It is simply carrots that are roasted and cooked in garlic and butter. The combination of garlic and butter gives it texture and flavor.
4. Crock Pot Bacon Green Beans
The buttery green beans with a smoky flavor can be one of the best side dishes on the table. It is one of the easiest and most delicious dishes to prepare for Thanksgiving, but it may take some time to cook as the green beans are slow-cooked for four to six hours to meld the flavors together.
Add garlic, onion, bacon, butter, and Worcestershire sauce to the green beans, which taste out of the world. You can add some red pepper flakes to make it spicy, but it is totally up to you how you want to eat it.
5. Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce
The main ingredient for the Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce is apples, cranberry, and cinnamon. However, you will require ingredients like corn stretch, cranberry juice, and sugar.
It takes an average of 15 minutes to cook, while the preparation time may take 10-15 minutes. The sweet side dish can add a twist to your Thanksgiving.
6. Roasted Vegetable Galette
You can serve it to your vegetarian friends. And all that is required is ingredients like carrots, butternut squash, parsnips, and goat cheese wrapped in a warm crust. The galette may even make non-vegetarians take a bite.
7. Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
All you will need to prepare low-carb smoked salmon deviled eggs is egg and salmon. And for the filling, you will need a mix of cream cheese, mayo, Dijon mustard, egg yolks, and smoked salmon.
Put the filling inside the egg white, and the dish is ready to be served with some spices of your choice sprinkled on the top to give it a look and some flavors to your tongue.
8. Crispy Potato Rolls
Crispy Potato rolls are another side dish that can be easily prepared in no time. All you need is some mashed potatoes, bread crumbs, cheese, chili flakes, Italian seasoning, corn flour, garlic paste, salt, and oil to fry it.
Add garlic paste, Italian seasonings, and chili flakes to the mashed potatoes, add cheese and mix them. Then, roll them into an oval-shaped ball.
Next, add those potato rolls to the corn flour batter and dip them in bread crumbs to give that crispy taste to it. Then, fry them in hot oil until they turn golden brown.
9. Curried Butternut Squash Salad
Curried Butternut Squash Salad is a sweet-and-spicy salad that is also healthy and vegan-friendly. All you need is butternut, squash, apple, red onion, pecans, parsley, ginger, and dates.
To give it a sweet taste, add maple syrup and use spices like cinnamon, yellow curry powder, sea salt, and allspice to enhance its flavor.
Colcannon is an Irish potato dish made of creamy mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. There are not many ingredients that are required to make it. Few potatoes, chopped kale, cabbage, milk, or cream and butter.
It is easy to prepare as all you have to do is mix the mashed potato with chopped cooked kale, cabbage, green onions, milk or cream, and lots of butter.
11. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
You will need Brussel sprouts, bacon, maple syrup, and brown sugar. This is the easiest side dish you can prepare quickly and with just two ingredients in your pantry.
You can prepare the Brussels sprouts and wrap them tightly in a strip of bacon. Then, add maple syrup and brown sugar on the top and bake until golden brown.
12. Haricots Verts Salad with Crispy Potato Chips
What You Need- 1/4 cup plus three tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 and 1/2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, one teaspoon finely chopped thyme, Kosher salt, pepper, 2 pounds haricots verts, trimmed 1/4 cup minced shallot, three tablespoons Champagne vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley.
Using these ingredients, you can prepare the green bean salad with a mustard vinaigrette and crispy oven-baked Yukon Gold potato chips topping.
13. Creamy Corn Pudding With Crispy Onions
Looking at the long list of ingredients may make someone worry that the dish is complicated to prepare, but all it takes is 35 minutes to be cooked.
You will require 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal, 2/3 cup flour, Three tablespoons sugar, One tablespoon baking powder, One teaspoon salt, Two tablespoons oil, 1 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup salted and melted butter, one egg, 1 15-ounce can of regular corn (drained),, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups crispy onions, 1 15-ounce can cream style corn and 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley, as mentioned by Pinch of Yum.
Prepare a mixture using cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and oil, and make sure there are no lumps. Then, using a separate bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt, sour cream, butter, and egg until smooth. Add the corn, cream corn, and the mixture and stir it.
Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish for 30 minutes. Next, take it out from the oven, add some fried onions, and again bake it for five more minutes, and then the dish is ready to be served.
14. Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie
Who would not like mashed sweet potato pie with layers of chunky roasted root vegetables and sauteed mushrooms underneath on Thanksgiving?
Prepare the dish using basic ingredients like wheat flour, all-purpose flour, butter, sea salt, diced root vegetables of your choice, garlic cloves, shallots, mushrooms, red wine, sweet potato, vegetable stock, and whole milk, writes Food52.
15. Potato Goat Cheese Gratin
One of the easiest and most delicious side dishes for holidays, it can be prepared using a few ingredients like potatoes, unsalted butter, minced garlic, goat cheese, pepper, and heavy cream.
Prepare layers using potato slices in the bottom and sprinkle it with half of the garlic and 1/3 of the goat cheese. Repeat the process and similarly add two more layers, and then lastly, add the heavy cream on the top and spread it all over.
Bake it for 1 hour and 20 minutes until the gratin is golden brown and bubbly, as mentioned in Simply Recipes.
16. Parmesan Wonton Crackers
If you want something crispy to go with your turnkey on Thanksgiving, this could be the side dish you may be looking for. According to Life As Strawberry, it takes 15 minutes to be cooked, and all you need is wonton wrappers, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper, and some oil to bake the wonton wrappers.
Cut the wonton wrappers into the shapes you like and place them on a baking sheet. Lightly brush oil in the wrapper, sprinkle some parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper, and bake until they are lightly browned and crispy.
You can also store it in an airtight container and enjoy it for another 3-4 days.
17. Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto
The classic and iconic Italian dish has an indulgent texture and flavor that is easy to prepare in your home kitchen. All you will need is butter, garlic, arborio rice, chicken or vegetable broth, baby portabella mushrooms, spinach or any other veggies of your choice, parmesan cheese, pepper, and lemon.
Cook the arborio rice while tossing it with butter and garlic, and then add some broth and gently push the mixture using a spatula. Repeat the process once again after the liquid is evaporated.
Then, in a separate pan, saute the mushroom in butter and garlic and continue it until the mushroom is brown. Then, add spinach and stir it. Finally, transfer it to a risotto pan and top it with salt, lemon, and pepper, as per Pinch of Yum.
18. Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
All you need to do is cook the potatoes on low heat in a slow cooker. Depending on the cooking temperature, it may take all day or half a day.
Once the potatoes are soft and tender, mash them and add some cream and milk. To make its appearance better, sprinkle some green onion on the top. You can also add some garlic cloves to the potatoes when you cook them in the slow cooker.
19. Slow Cooker Mexican Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is already a worldwide famous dish and is something not to miss out on holidays. It is one of the easiest dishes to make, and you do not have to worry about the ingredients too.
Add diced tomatoes, jalapeno, mushroom soup, sour cream, green chilies, water, and pepper in a boiled macaroni and stir it to mix everything nicely.
Add shredded cheese and cilantro and pour it into the slow cooker. Cook it for three hours on low heat and once the macaroni is cooked, garnish it using cilantro, salt, and pepper.
20. Red Wine Cremini Mushrooms
A glass of wine to enjoy the food on holidays is always a good idea, but some wine in the food does not sound bad either. Wine gives depth and so much flavor to many foods, including mushrooms.
Get some fresh cremini mushrooms, and saute them in a pan with butter or oil. Add a pinch of salt and toss them until they are nice, dry, and brown.
Saute some garlic with butter in another pan, mix it with mushrooms, and add a few splashes of wine. Make sure that there is not too much liquid or that the mushrooms are not swimming in the wine.
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