Best Holiday Sides 2020

Best Thanksgiving Sides for 2020: Featuring Brown Sugar Pecan Sweet Potatoes by Joyous Apron

Every year is another chance to have your best festive feast yet, and with these side dishes, you can seal the deal!

 

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach by Cafe Delites

You might not have thought of it before, but creamed spinach done-right with butter, cream, and parmesan makes an excellent accompaniment to your holiday roast and other sides! Ready in about 20 minutes, the process is as easy as melting together butter, flour, onion, milk or cream, garlic and spices to make a cream sauce, adding in wilted spinach and topping with parmesan before serving. This can be made ahead and reheated in the oven, just be sure to stir it often to warm it through completely.

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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts by Well Plated

Brussels sprouts can get a bad wrap, but when they are paired with the right seasonings and cooked through correctly the result is a crispy, flavorful side dish so-good, you won’t even remember you’re eating a superfood high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! This recipe pairs them with the perfect Fall season flavors of bacon and maple, with just some olive oil, salt and pepper. A simple recipe you could easily pop in the oven an hour before your feast begins, simply mix and arrange your 3 ingredients, olive oil and spices onto a baking sheet and roast at 400º F until the bacon crisps and brussels sprouts are lightly charred on the outside and tender on the inside. Cooking time varies depending on the size of your brussels sprouts, but you can expect anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes.

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Mac and Cheese Casserole

Mac and Cheese Casserole by Sweet and Savory Meals

If you’re going to brighten your feast with mac and cheese, you might as well go above and beyond with this recipe! Prepared casserole style, the crunchy, buttery, crushed-cracker topping with crispy bacon is what really sets it apart from the rest. That is, until you get to the cheese sauce: butter, flour, milk, heavy whipping cream and evaporated milk with a variety of spices and 4 types of cheese. Between the topping and the cheese sauce itself, this recipe turns M.A.C. from comfort-food favorite to a gourmet treat on any table it graces.

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Brown Sugar Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Brown Sugar Pecan Sweet Potatoes by Joyous Apron

Nothing against the classic sweet potato casserole, but the marshmallows can really confuse the mouth into thinking it’s time for dessert already! A different way to tap into and enhance the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes in a way that doesn’t over-power your plate, roast them with a bit of brown sugar and chopped pecans instead. Roasted with butter and just those 2 ingredients, it’s a simple recipe that still has some sweetness but still complements the other foods of your feast.

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Honey Balsamic & Herb Roasted Carrots

Honey Balsamic & Herb Roasted Carrots by Side Chef

Add some color to the table with roasted rainbow carrots! In this recipe, honey enhances their natural sweetness and balsamic vinegar provides a delicious contrast. Topped with savoury, fragrant thyme and parsley, simply mix your ingredients in an oven-safe dish and roast at 450º F for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. You could even add some parsnips in with the carrots for even more color and fall flavor! 👌

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Creamy Green Bean Casserole

Creamy Green Bean Casserole by Sally's Baking Addiction

There are lots of ways to enjoy green beans – roasted with parmesan, sauteed with garlic butter or bacon, battered and fried like fries, and more. But for the holidays, over 30 million households serve up this classic casserole, and it’s no question why! Crunchy fried onions on top, tender green beans in a medley of creamy-mushroom goodness make this a delicious dish for anytime of year. This recipe for the holiday feast favorite gives you a real chance to show off your kitchen skills, entirely from scratch from the crispy onions to the creamy green bean goodness.

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Maple Roasted Squash Salad

Maple Roasted Squash Salad by The Modern Proper

For any truly fantastic feast, even the salad should be something both different and delicious! In this perfect for fall recipe, maple roasted squash sits atop arugula with goat cheese, pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds coated in a tangy apple cider vinegar & goat cheese dressing. To make it truly holiday day friendly you can roast your squash and prepare your dressing ahead of time for just a quick assembling right before the dinner bell.

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Mashed Potato With Crispety Cruncheties

Mashed Potato With Crispety Cruncheties by Bon Appetit

The combination of creamy and crunchy can do no wrong! Apply this logic to your mashed potatoes and be amazed how fast they go! Topped with bread crumbs and kettle-style potato chips processed with butter, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, parsley and smoked paprika, the mashed potatoes are equally unique. Calling for garlic, salt, thyme, peppercorns and butter simmered in milk before being added to the roasted and mashed potatoes. These can be made up to 2 days ahead, so all you have to do the day of your feast is reheat your potatoes in a casserole dish, top with the crunchy, toasted topping and serve.

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Honey Butter Skillet Corn

Honey Butter Skillet Corn by Together As Family

A simple but decadent dish prepared entirely in a skillet pan, the return on investment for this dish is zero leftovers and lots of “YUM”s! All you need is butter, honey, frozen corn, cream cheese, salt and pepper cooked through and well mixed over medium-high heat. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it is another dish you could make ahead and reheat right before you eat.

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Sausage & Herb Stuffing

Sausage & Herb Stuffing by Once Upon A Chef

A satisfying side dish served almost exclusively for Thanksgiving (but delicious year round)! Filled with savory seasonal herbs like rosemary, sage and parsley with hearty stuffing and in this recipe, sausage, it is easy to see why stuffing is a holiday favorite. The process for the ultimate homemade stuffing has a few steps, but altogether, not too difficult. You can use pre-made stuffing cubes or leave a loaf of your favorite bread left out overnight until dried/stale, then cut or rip those to small cubes. (Pro-Tip: tearing the bread for stuffing results in more crispy spots!) To get everything going, saute onions and celery in butter over medium heat until the veggies are soft, adding garlic at the end until fragrant. Add to your stuffing and proceed to cook sausage in the same pan, breaking up to little bits, before adding that to the stuffing as well. Lastly, add your remaining chicken broth, egg, herbs and spices and mix before baking for 65-75 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top. Sprinkle with some fresh parsley before serving and voila! An epic stuffing for your holiday feast!

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November 10, 2020