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Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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.

Baby Asparagus and Crispy Garlic || Erin Brighton | vegetables | spring veggies | easy side dishes | eat local | Got To Be NC
Baby Asparagus and Crispy Garlic

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.

Local carrots
Local carrots … a perfect Thanksgiving side

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.

Crispy Roasted Okra
Crispy Roasted Okra

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.

Sweet Cornbread Muffins || Erin Brighton | gluten free | easy side dish | baking | breads
Sweet Cornbread Muffins

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.

Here’s a quick list of links to our favorite Thanksgiving sides.

Simple Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar

Roasted Butternut Squash and Turnips

Lemon and Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Sweet Cornbread Muffins (Gluten-free)

Baby Asparagus and Crispy Garlic Saute

Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Sauteed Broccoli With Crispy Garlic

10 Minute Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Glazed Sweet Potatoes in a Crockpot

Amazing Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Okra

Maple Syrup Glazed Carrots

15 of our favorite Thanksgiving sides

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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