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Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Updated on November 4, 2010

Warm comfort food that cheers up the body and soul, as the first frosty days pay a visit, is what make the best Thanksgiving side dishes. Nothing helps more in creating the ideal festive ambiance than foods that bring back good memories of past Thanksgiving dinners. By going traditional, you will ascertain that the Thanksgiving holiday spirit will fill up the room with familiar aromas and delightful sights. Add some fall decorations to your table and you will have the perfect Thanksgiving dinner you have hoped for.

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Norpro Cast Iron Corn Mold Pan

Make corn bread in the shape of ears of corn. Make 7 ears of corn, each measuring 5 inches.


The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These side dishes will grant a successful Thanksgiving dinner. Bring them piping hot to the table and let the vapors fill the room and coat your windows. Guests will feel thankful for just being your lucky guest. Most of these traditional side dishes are easy to make and can be prepared before hand and then simply re-heated once the guests are at the table. 

• Mac and Cheese

Everybody loves a dish of wholesome macaroni and cheese. Children's eyes seem to open wide in delight at just the sight of the funny shaped macaroni.  Make sure to add a nice selection of cheeses for a medley of flavors. Cheeses that will add distinctive flavors are shredded sharp cheddar cheese, shredded monterey jack cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. This trio of cheeses will melt in your mouth.

• Mashed Potatoes

Flavorful, buttery, fluffy, creamy and so tasty. Mashed potatoes are the king of every Thanksgiving table. Whether you make your own using fresh potatoes or make it out of a box, mashed potatoes are a must have for turkey day. For an extra creamy touch, add one cup cream cheese and one cup sour cream to four pounds of mashed potatoes. Remember to add salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and a dash of paprika for that special touch.

• Candied Yams

Just the color of yams added to your table will add a festive touch to your table. The orange fall hues will make a nice addtiion to your decorations. The sweet flavors will entice children and adults that crave these tasty delights of nature. Get one can of yams, place in a baking dish a and pour half cup of orange juice over them. Sprinkle a quarter cup of brown sugar on top and dot with butter. Add half a bag of miniature marshmallows for a sweet taste of heaven.

• Scalloped Corn

Festive yellow corn kernels add another touch of festivity to your table and will look nice in a dish besides the orange candied yams. The sweet kernels will also taste nice with the turkey. Make a baked corn casserole by mixing one 12 ounce can of corn, with another 12 ounces can of cream-style corn. Add three ounces of  ounces sour cream, one cup melted butter, two eggs and 12 ounces corn muffin mix. Mix well and bake for 35 minutes. You will be amazed how fast this side dish goes.

• Miscellaneous Veggie Wonders

Vegetables of your choice will be great add ons for your Thanksgiving smorgasbord of flavors. Choose between string beans, peas, Brussels sprouts, scalloped potatoes, caramelized onions, broccoli casseroles and so forth. Vegetables look quite festive when all the colors are presented on your table.

• Sumptuous Stuffing

If you were diligent enough not to place the stuffing in your turkey to prevent uneven cooking, the stuffing will be of course present as another side dish. Everybody loves stuffing and the best thing is that you can get quite creative. There are an infinity of stuffing recipes to choose from for a twist on the classical version.

• Classic Cornbread

Golden, slightly sweet tasting corn bread makes a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. Prepare from a boxed mix or bake it on your own and you will always have great results. 

There are a plethora of side dish choices for your next Thanksgiving dinner. If you really want to bring back nostalgic memories, go with traditional dishes most everybody crave during this time of the year. Miss, one or a few of these side dishes, and your guests may be disappointed and ask you what happened to their favorite foods. By ascertaining you have the most classic dishes, everybody will be happy.


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    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      oh, oh.. I am getting hungry already. Those guests will be happy.

    • erthfrend profile image

      erthfrend 7 years ago from Florida

      mmmm, it all sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your tips!