Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving sides? In our house, Thanksgiving is all about the sides! The turkey is beautiful, of course, but not the reason we all run to the table.
Do you have traditional Thanksgiving sides or do you try new things? We have a few standards … mashed potatoes and stuffing, of course! There’s always cranberry sauce – not always served the same way – and always sweet potatoes, but we try new recipes year to year. We have something green … maybe broccoli or green beans or asparagus like the gorgeous asparagus in the photo above or asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.
Carrots are another favorite side! My favorite way to cook them is with maple syrup. Yep. Maple syrup. So good. If you are looking for something southern, you need to try this crispy roasted okra. Delicious. If you are not an okra fan, try it this way. It’s not your typical okra experience.
Raise your hand if your family served flaky crescent rolls at Thanksgiving? I lived for those rolls. Sadly, there are no more rolls straight out of a Pillsbury can any more for me, but I still try to serve some type of gluten-free roll or bread. Cornbread muffins work really well as a Thanksgiving side.
If butternut squash isn’t on your table, now is the time to start. It’s so simple. Cut butternut squash into cubes. Steam it. To finish, mash it up with butter and brown sugar. Simple and delicious. Everyone has seconds – if there’s enough! If you have a turnip lover at your Thanksgiving table, butternut squash and turnips are also a great combo. I don’t love turnips, but I will eat them with butternut squash.