Thanksgiving is two weeks from today, and that means that you need to plan and make your finishing touches on your Thanksgiving menu. Every year, I try to incorporate a new dish to the party and still cook up our tried and true Thanksgiving dishes that our family counts on year after year.
To keep myself organized for holiday meals, I print out and / or photocopy recipes and store them in a designated pocket folder. This way, all of the recipes are together in one spot, and I don’t have multiple cookbooks and my laptop open and scattered on the counters. You can read about that Quick Tip here.
Of course the turkey is the main character for Thanksgiving meals, but to me, it’s the sides that are the show stoppers. I always find that I load up the sides on my Thanksgiving plate, and then top off with a small slice of turkey. It’s almost like I save the turkey for the leftover turkey sandwiches. Here are a few show-stopping side dishes for you to consider making for your Thanksgiving meal. And, you can print the recipes and keep them in your Thanksgiving folder.
I love to start our Thanksgiving meal with soup and this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is always on my Thanksgiving menu.
Cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. I’ll admit, I love the jellied canned kind and always have that served in a dish, and I do love to make my own, too. This Cranberry Chutney is also a family favorite.
Butternut Squash & Asparagus Risotto is not only a colorful show stopping side dish, but it’s delicious as well. It’s creamy and savory with a hint of sweetness from the squash. What’s even better, it makes for delicious leftovers!
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without sweet potatoes. Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups are another side dish show stopper. Each orange cup is the perfect serving size and this would be a great dish to take to a Thanksgiving potluck as well.
I love cauliflower now matter how it’s prepared, yet truth be told, it needs a little help in the presentation department. An easy, delicious and beautiful cauliflower dish is Whole Roasted Cauliflower. To serve, slice it up like a steak. Delish.
All Thanksgiving meals need bread, and why not jazz up some grocery store Rolls with Apple Jelly Butter. The flavor of the butter compliments all of the dishes at your Thanksgiving meal and is really a cinch to make.
Hit that print button and put these recipes in your Thanksgiving folder! These show stopping side dishes will absolutely be a hit at your Thanksgiving meal!