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Side Dishes to Match the Entrée

Updated on April 22, 2018
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I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

Labor of Love on Holidays

My husband typically is the cook for the meat on most holidays as he can deep fry an injected Cajun turkey, bake, rotisserie or smoke the meat of our choice, and I am the cook for the side dishes.

There are some dishes the family loves and expects to see each year, but I like to throw in a new vegetable or two just for the variety. The recipes below are a mixture of the old and the new.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 1 1/2 lb. Sweet potatoes Topping:
  • 1/2 c milk 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Butter cubed 1/2. flour
  • 1 beaten egg 1/2 c pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/3 c. sugar Pecan halves optional
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Scrub and peel sweet potatoes. Cut off and discard woody pieces and ends. Cut potatoes into cubes. Cook, covered in a small amt. Of boiling water for 25-35 minutes, until tender. Drain.

Combine hot potatoes, sugar, milk, egg, 3 tbsp. butter, and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir to break up potatoes but not completely mash them. Put mixture into a greased 2 qt. sq. baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, and flour, cut in the 2 tbsp. of butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecan pieces and sprinkle crumb mixture on potatoes. Bake uncovered in 350° oven, about 25 minutes or until set. Garnish with pecan halves.

Makes 8 servings.

The picture is actually this recipe doubled, as I had a large crowd. Sometimes I triple the recipe. This is a very sweet recipe but oh so good with the brown sugar and pecans. I took a before and after picture.

Green Beand


Green Bean & Corn Casserole


  • 1 12 oz can Mexican style corn, drained
  • 1 16 oz can French cut green beans
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can mushroom or celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup herb seasoned stuffing mix

Combine first 8 ingredients, stir well. Spoon mixture into lightly greased

8" baking dish. Combine butter and stuffing mix in bowl, toss gently.

Sprinkle over casserole.

Bake covered at 350° for 45 minutes.

Makes 6 Servings

Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad

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Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad


  • 1 small butternut squash (2 lb.), peeled, sliced
  • 3   parsnips (3/4 lb.), sliced
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 large  red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup  Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing, divided
  • 10 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup  Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits
  • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted

HEAT oven to 450º.

PLACE first 5 ingredients in 15x10x1-inch pan. Add 2 Tbsp. dressing; toss to coat. Spread to evenly cover bottom of pan.

BAKE 40 to 45 min. or until vegetables are tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Spoon mixture into large bowl. Add spinach; toss lightly.

TOP with bacon, nuts and remaining dressing.



Pineapple Casserole

This was something new this year and it was a hit with most of the family.


  • 2 cans diced pineapple (juice drained)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Mix pineapple, sugar and cheese in baking dish. Sprinkle with crackers. drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Acorn Squash


Acorn Squash with Apple Stuffing


  • 2 acorn squash, cut lengthwise in half, seeded
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apples
  • 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Microwave Cooking Method:

Cut each squash piece lengthwise in half; place, cut-sides down, on microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 12 to15 minutes or until tender. You can put the whole squash in the microwave for about 2 minutes and it will be easier to cut.

Meanwhile, bring water and butter to boil in medium saucepan. Add stuffing mix and apples; stir. Cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 min.; stir in cheese.

Turn squash over; top with stuffing. Microwave on High 2 min. or until heated through.

Oven cooking method:

Place squash wedges, cut-sides down, in shallow pan. Bake in 375º oven for 40 min. or until squash is tender. Meanwhile, prepare stuffing mixture as directed. Top squash with stuffing mixture; bake 5 min. or until heated through

Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry Sauce

I tried a new cranberry sauce this year and everyone loved it. It was such an easy recipe also.


  • I 12 oz. bag cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice

Boil mixture for about 10 minutes until cranberries pop open. Let chill and it thickens. I made it a day ahead which I always like to do when possible and it was very good.

5 New Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

In Summary

I hope the cook in the family will like some of these recipes and try them out.

The variety will work with many different meals and certainly don't have to be used just for a holiday. Sometimes side dishes make the meal so much more special, and the cook gets the credit for their creativity.

I hope you enjoy them.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Support Med. 

    10 years ago from Michigan

    The roasted vegetable salad looks delicious! A meal is not a meal without the side dishes! V/R.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Red Elf, Thanks so much for your comment.

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    10 years ago from Canada

    Rated up and shared on Facebook - that pineapple casserole looks interesting. Your new cranberry sauce looks like the one my step-mom makes. Hers has some grated orange peel in it as well - most yummy!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, You might enjoy something new and different. Thanks for your comment.

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    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    To me they are unusual but sound great. Must try.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Expand Your Mind, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comments.

  • ExpandYourMind profile image


    10 years ago from Midwest USA

    These look yummy, Pamela. I am going to try the green bean/corn dish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Micky Dee, I guess you have your work cut out for you. Thanks for the comment.

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    Micky Dee 

    10 years ago

    I want all these "sides" you're making! Thank you Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Katiem, I hope your enjoy them thoroughly. Thanks for the comments. Peace, love and joy to your also.

    Dusty, That was quite a hit at Thanksgiving this years as I had not made it before. Thanks for your comments.

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    50 Caliber 

    10 years ago from Arizona

    Pamela, great looking recipes, I'll have to try the Pineapple Casserole, voted up! Dusty

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    Katie McMurray 

    10 years ago from Ohio

    WOW Pamela, I'm now starving. I'm off to the kitchen to make some of that fabulous sweet potatoe creation. I have some sweet potatoes and love them dearly. Thanks I'll make my way through the others. So kind of you to share recipe treasures. Peace, Love and Joy :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Darsi, Thanks so much for your comments. Maybe some day I will visit and let you cook me a meal. :} Love and blessing to you.

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    Darlene Sabella 

    10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    My husband always cooked on the holiday's as well. It was a feast of love and a time of joy. I have learned to cook so great now, and the family is grown and gone, HA to bad for them. I love your comments you are so special...rate up and love & peace darski

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cypersure, Thanks so much for your comments and I wish you and your wife the best also. God Bless.

    De Greek, Surely you exaggerate! :} It would be delightful to have your wife for a visit. Thanks for your comments.

    rpalulis, It seems almost everyone in our family loves sweet potato casseroles also. Thanks for your comments.

  • rpalulis profile image


    10 years ago from NY

    Sweet Potato Casserole is one of my favorites, thanks for sharing.

  • De Greek profile image

    De Greek 

    10 years ago from UK

    Can I send my wife to live with you for a few months? She could use a few lessons :-)

  • CYBERSUPE profile image


    10 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

    WOW! Pamela sounds like eating at your house is quite a treat. My wife made a new squash dish this year for Thanksgiving also. We also love baked Acorn Squash.

    Our very best to You and Hubby. God Bless!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    k9keystrokes, I hope you enjoy it. I like acorn squash also so I thought it was a good recipe to share. Thanks for your comments.

    Jolly, I hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

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    Jolly Rogero 

    10 years ago

    Most of your recipes are yummy sounding. Have printed them out and plan to try all of them. Thanks!

  • K9keystrokes profile image

    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    Pamela, that Acorn Squash with Apple Stuffing looks so good! This holiday I will have to give it a try. All of these side dish recipes look great, but I am sticking with your Acorn Squash! Thanks for a cleaver idea. Up and awesome!


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Peggy, That's great that your husband can make the salad dressings. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

    POP, I hope you get to enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

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    10 years ago

    Pamela, I love every single one of these recipes. Thanks so much for providing them.

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    Peggy Woods 

    10 years ago from Houston, Texas

    That roasted Fall vegetable salad looks scrumptious! My husband makes the best from scratch salad dressings. That is probably the only thing I would alter...using his instead. Thanks for this collection of side dish recipes!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Blackmax, I hope you enjoy that recipe. Thanks for your comments.

  • blackmarx profile image


    10 years ago from Cameron, WIsconsin

    I am always on the look out for new recipes. thanks for sharing. The Acorn Squash with Apple Stuffing really caught my eye, might have to try that for Christmas dinner.


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