Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes to Prepare and Serve Your Guests

Are you looking for some great tasting Thanksgiving side dish recipes?

While everyone appreciates the perfectly roasted Thanksgiving turkey, the side dishes are what make the meal a true feast. Everyone has their own favorite side dish and, with these Thanksgiving side dish recipes, you can create the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving turkey.

One of the most common Thanksgiving side dishes is the dressing or stuffing. Stuffing is as much a standard in the holiday meal as the turkey. Rather than tie up your oven with your stuffing, you can create a wonderful dish using your slow cooker.

You will need the following ingredients: 1 cup butter or margarine, 2 cups onions (chopped), 2 cups celery (chopped), 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped), 12 ounces mushrooms (sliced), 12 cups dried bread cubes (you can used seasoned bread to give your stuffing more flavor), 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1 1/2 teaspoons sage (dried), 1 teaspoon thyme (dried), 1/2 teaspoon marjoram (dried), 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (you can use sea salt for a healthier alternative), 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (ground), 4 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth (you may need more than this), 2 eggs (beaten).

Sautee your butter, celery, onions and mushrooms over medium heat, stirring frequently. Place bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl and spoon vegetables over the bread crumbs. Add your spices and stir in enough broth to moisten the bread crumbs. Stir in beaten eggs and transfer your mixture to your slow cooker.

Cook on high for 45 minutes, then lower heat and cook for 4 to 8 hours. Since this recipe does take several hours to prepare, you will need to make sure you time it to be ready when the remainder of your meal will be served.

Another Thanksgiving side dish recipe is the green bean casserole. No holiday meal will be complete without this time honored favorite. For this, you will need to add two cans green beans to a casserole dish, add one large can cream of mushroom soup, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and mix well. Top with French fried onions and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Need more ideas for Thanksgiving side dish recipes?

Potatoes are often served as part of your Thanksgiving dinner; however, many are looking beyond the average mashed potatoes for alternatives to this holiday staple. If you wish to add a twist to the regular mashed potatoes, you can add things like cheese or garlic to give the potatoes more flavor.

Another alternative is pot luck potato casserole. For this Thanksgiving side dish recipe, you will need: 2 pounds potatoes (diced), 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 cups sour cream, 2 1/2 cups condensed cream of mushroom soup, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 2/3 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded).

Boil potatoes until they are tender but still firm (approximately 15 minutes), then drain and cool. Grease (lightly) a 9x13 inch casserole dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix everything except the mozzarella cheese and pour into the casserole dish. Top with the mozzarella and bake for 45 minutes or until browned.

Whatever you choose to fix for your side dishes, you can be sure that your Thanksgiving meal will be a success. By using these Thanksgiving side dish recipes, all of your guests are sure to find something they love.

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