THANKSGIVING RECIPES: Side Dishes

Following on from yesterday’s post on Thanksgiving dinner appetisers, today we’re giving you some amazing recipes for side dishes to accompany your turkey.There are literally hundreds of variations for side dishes…we’ve picked just a few of our favourites.

Grandma Erma's Spirited Cranberry Sauce
Every turkey needs cranberry sauce - and this one packs a wallop!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1/2 cup port
  3. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  4. 1/4 cup orange liqueur
Instructions
  1. Stir together sugar, port, and 3/4 cup water in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan until blended.
  2. Add cranberries; bring to a boil, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until cranberry skins begin to split.
  3. Remove from heat, and let cool 15 minutes.
  4. Pulse cranberry mixture in a food processor 3 to 4 times or until cranberries are almost pureed; stir in orange liqueur.
  5. Cover and chill 8 hours before serving.
Notes
  1. You can use Grand Marnier for the orange liqueur.
  2. This cranberry sauce will store in the fridge for up to three weeks!
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
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That’s the cranberry sauce sorted. Now for some veggies!

Balsamic Green Beans
Serves 10
Green beans at Thanksgiving are very Southern and this version is just perfect to go with turkey.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds fresh haricots verts (tiny green beans), trimmed
  2. 6 large shallots
  3. Vegetable oil
  4. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons butter
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  8. 1/2 cup lightly salted roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  9. 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (about 5 slices)
Instructions
  1. Cook beans in boiling salted water to cover 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.
  2. Plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  3. Cut shallots crosswise into thin slices; separate into rings. Pour oil to depth of 1 inch into a heavy saucepan; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry shallots, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp. Remove from skillet using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  4. Cook vinegar and sugar in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until reduced to 3 Tbsp.
  5. Stir in butter until blended. Add beans, and sauté 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Arrange on a serving platter. Top with shallots, almonds, and bacon. Serve immediately.
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/
Harvest Mashed Potatoes
Serves 8
An amazing mix of red and sweet potatoes creates a delicious side, perfect for Thanksgiving.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large red potatoes (2 pounds)
  2. 2 medium-size sweet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
  3. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. Butter or margarine (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Cook in a large cast iron or ceramic cooking pot in boiling salted water to cover 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add 1/4 cup butter and next 8 ingredients; mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  5. Top with additional butter, if desired.
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/
Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin
Serves 8
Gratin makes your veg a lot more interesting and appetising.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (16-ounce) packages fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets
  2. 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat mayonnaise
  3. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  4. 1 (3-ounce) package shredded Parmesan cheese
  5. 4 green onions, sliced
  6. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  8. 3 tablespoons Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Arrange florets in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Drain well.
  3. Arrange florets in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
  4. Stir together mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients.
  5. Spoon over florets. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
Adapted from SothernLiving
Adapted from SothernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/

BONUS DISH

You may have some awkward guests who don’t do Thanksgiving dinner (think CHandler in Friends). No problem! Serve them a proper macaroni and cheese dish instead!

Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 8
An alternative dinner for an awkward customer...or a unique side to your Thanksgiving dinner. You decide!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked macaroni)
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon onion salt
  5. 2 (10-ounce) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 1/2 cups) and divided*
  6. 1 cup soft breadcrumbs (4 slices, crusts removed)
  7. 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.
  2. Place milk, flour, and onion salt in a quart jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously 1 minute.
  3. Stir together flour mixture, 3 1/2 cups cheese, and macaroni.
  4. Pour macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish or 2 (11-inch) oval baking dishes.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter.
  6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Adapted from SouthernLiving
Adapted from SouthernLiving
American Soda https://blog.americansoda.co.uk/

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