Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays for obvious reasons – we love the food! And unlike other meals throughout the year, side dishes play an especially important role during this holiday. But as much as we enjoy our family recipes and food traditions, sometimes it can’t hurt to spice things up by trying something new. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new addition to the annual meal prep! We’ve scoured the food blogs of the world to create this amazing list of Thanksgiving side dishes that definitely warrant a taste, so let’s get to it!
1. Bunsen Burner Bakery – Spiral Vegetable Tart
First up is the Spiral Vegetable Tart, which looks as awesome as it tastes. It’s relatively simple to make and you get to eat all those veggies! Get the recipe here.
2. South Your Mouth – Southern Style Baked Beans
Not much needs to be said when it comes to bacon, but adding it on top of some delicious baked beans? Yes, yes, and more yes. South Your Mouth’s recipes may not be the healthiest, but they’re ridiculously tasty and we love her blog so much! Get the recipe here.
3. Leigh Anne Wilkes – Parmesan Roasted Carrots
Cheese usually makes most things better, and parmesan on carrots is no exception. Roasted carrots have so much flavor, and balancing the natural sweetness of the carrots with savory, slight saltiness of the parmesan makes this the perfect combo. Get the recipe here.
4. Rasa Malaysia – Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes
Potatoes being included as thanksgiving side dishes isn’t anything new, but the way these are prepared is so much more unique than the usual mashed or country potatoes. They look so cool! And garlic butter with potatoes is a match made in heaven. Get the recipe here.
5. Everyday Dishes – Spinach Gratin
While not an ultra healthy way to get your spinach, Everyday Dishes’ Spinach Gratin is one of the most mouthwatering we’ve seen. The recipe calls for squeezing out as much water from the spinach as possible so it’s more hearty and less “soupy” so make sure to do that! Get the recipe here.
6. Mountain Mama Cooks – Apple Hazelnut Stuffed Acorn Squash
If you want to wow people with the presentation factor, this is one of the Thanksgiving side dishes for you! We love anything stuffed (like bellpeppers, mmm) because you usually get to eat the thing that’s stuffed. These squashes are packed with so much deliciousness that provides flavor and texture that you’re sure to have some very satisfied guests! Get the recipe here.
7. Comfort of Cooking – Crispy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
Here’s one that may take some time to prep, but when you pull it off it looks so cool. A lot of sweet potato recipes emphasize the sweetness by adding sugars or even marshmallows, but we love this recipe because it compliments the subtle sweetness of the sweet potato with savory herbs and spices in the perfect way so that it doesn’t feel like you’re eating a dessert at dinner. Get the recipe here.
8. How Sweet Eats – Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes
If you’re used to just preparing plain mashed potatoes as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes, you should definitely give these whipped bourbon bacon sweet potatoes a try! There’s so much flavor packed into every bite, you may never go back to the ordinary stuff. Get the recipe here.
9. SoupAddict – Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding with Sausage and Gruyere
This bread pudding could rival the stuffing in a Thanksgiving feast. Bold statement, we know, but it’s really THAT good. Stuffing is one of our favorite sides, though, so we would probably just make both. The fried sage is such a nice touch that subtly brings the whole dish together. Get the recipe here.
10. South Your Mouth – Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese
South Your Mouth’s recipes are so good we had to add another. While maybe not as unique as some of the others, a solid creamy AND cheesy macaroni and cheese could fit right in with any other Thanksgiving side dishes as a welcome addition. Get the recipe here.
11. Creme de la Crumb – Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon
We’ll end the list with something a bit healthier and just as delicious as the rest. These brown sugar green beans are light and refreshing with a touch of sweetness that’s balanced out by the saltiness of the bacon and the sharpness of the dijon mustard. In our opinion, you can leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version since you still get a good balance of flavors from the brown sugar and the mustard alone. Get the recipe here.
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