Thanksgiving Traditional Side Dish Twist

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Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or attending as a guest, you likely need to make a side dish.  The traditional Thanksgiving dinner in my mind includes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, green bean casserole, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie.  I’ve tried to deviate from these a few times and found that some people are seriously committed to their traditional feast. With that said, if you want to up your side dish game but keep your head in tact, try one or more of these side dish recipes—they retain that traditional Thanksgiving ethos while adding that extra spice to the classics.

The Stuffing

You can tailor this recipe to suit your preferences (for example, get rid of mushrooms if you do not like them or have already used them in your green bean casserole and find that mushrooms in one dish is plenty). I love how it incorporates cranberries and pecans—two traditional Thanksgiving staples—into one of the ultimate Thanksgiving dishes: stuffing.  The variety of flavors and textures come together to create a fantastic side dish.

Scrumptious Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing
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3562 calories
449 g
430 g
200 g
99 g
97 g
1950 g
4165 g
38 g
4 g
84 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1950g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3562
Calories from Fat 1718
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 200g
308%
Saturated Fat 97g
485%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 56g
Cholesterol 430mg
143%
Sodium 4165mg
174%
Total Carbohydrates 449g
150%
Dietary Fiber 203g
811%
Sugars 38g
Protein 99g
Vitamin A
608%
Vitamin C
288%
Calcium
845%
Iron
791%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 8 cups bread cubes (any type of bread works; you can also use store-bought stuffing cubes)
  2. • ½ cup butter
  3. • 1 cup fine, diced celery
  4. • 1 cup fine, diced onion
  5. • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend (oregano, thyme, parsley, etc.)
  6. • ½ teaspoon salt
  7. • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  8. • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  9. • 16 oz. ground Sage sausage
  10. • 1 large egg, beaten
  11. • ½ cup fresh cranberries (can substitute with Craisins)
  12. • ½ cup chopped pecans
  13. • Optional: ½ cup fresh (or canned) sliced mushrooms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the bread cubes.
  4. In a frying pan, melt butter.
  5. Add onion and celery, cook until tender.
  6. Set aside and use the same pan to cook sausage.
  7. In the bowl with bread cubes, combine bread cubes with cooked vegetables and sausage.
  8. Add chicken stock, seasonings, egg, cranberries, pecans, and mushrooms (if desired).
  9. Mix gently and place in baking pan.
  10. Bake 65-75 minutes or until golden brown on top.
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The Potato

There are many possibilities with the potato—funeral potatoes, twice or triple baked, potato truffle, etc.  Personally, I’m a fan of the twice baked potato because it is nearly impossible to mess up and can be tailored to your preferences (my brother likes to add bacon, for example). 

Mammy’s Twice Baked Potatoes
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1968 calories
251 g
238 g
82 g
68 g
50 g
1721 g
3450 g
17 g
0 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1721g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1968
Calories from Fat 721
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 82g
126%
Saturated Fat 50g
250%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 238mg
79%
Sodium 3450mg
144%
Total Carbohydrates 251g
84%
Dietary Fiber 20g
79%
Sugars 17g
Protein 68g
Vitamin A
61%
Vitamin C
153%
Calcium
145%
Iron
76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 6 medium potatoes, baked
  2. • ½ diced onion
  3. • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  5. • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  6. • ¾ cup sour cream
  7. • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  8. • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (for garnishing)
  9. • 4 green onions, chopped for garnishing
  10. • Optional: chopped, cooked bits of bacon mixed in or for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. After fully baking, cut a large oval opening into each potato.
  3. Remove the oval piece and scrape insides into a large bowl.
  4. Save the empty potato skins for re-stuffing.
  5. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, sour cream, and cheese to hot potatoes.
  6. Add bacon (optional, can also be used as a garnish)
  7. Combine ingredients and stuff back into the empty potato skins.
  8. You can put the ovals you cut out back on like little “hats” or you can garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, and bacon.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for another 15-20 minutes.
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The Dinner Roll

The dinner roll is a classic, but you can really impress people with a couple extra ingredients. Just be sure to make extras because at our house, if the rolls are ready early, they are half eaten by the time dinner actually rolls (pun intended) around. 

Easy Onion Dinner Rolls
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1953 calories
181 g
266 g
121 g
42 g
68 g
514 g
5156 g
8 g
4 g
44 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
514g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1953
Calories from Fat 1060
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 121g
185%
Saturated Fat 68g
338%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 36g
Cholesterol 266mg
89%
Sodium 5156mg
215%
Total Carbohydrates 181g
60%
Dietary Fiber 15g
61%
Sugars 8g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A
61%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
95%
Iron
70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 12 Rhoades dinner rolls, thawed (you can use a homemade recipe, too)
  2. • 1 package onion soup mix
  3. • ½ cup butter, melted
  4. • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees
  2. Mix melted butter, onion soup mix, and cheese together.
  3. Add one tablespoon to the top of each thawed roll and bake at 365 degrees for 15 minutes or until the rolls start browning
insider tip
  1. Use a baking sheet with sides—sometimes the butter will run off the pan onto the oven and you’ll have the smoke alarms going off.
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protein
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carbs
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The Green Bean Casserole

Okay, don’t get me wrong—I like my traditional Campbell’s mushroom soup green bean casserole as much as the next person, but it’s time to step it up to a mean green bean game.  It’s like moving from the family station wagon to a Mustang where the station wagon will always be good and comforting but the ‘Stang puts the “class” in “classic.”

Fresh Green Bean Casserole
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1703 calories
207 g
212 g
83 g
52 g
49 g
1894 g
3833 g
31 g
2 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1894g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1703
Calories from Fat 730
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 83g
128%
Saturated Fat 49g
243%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 212mg
71%
Sodium 3833mg
160%
Total Carbohydrates 207g
69%
Dietary Fiber 39g
158%
Sugars 31g
Protein 52g
Vitamin A
173%
Vitamin C
179%
Calcium
95%
Iron
76%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 pounds fresh green beans, cut
  2. • 8 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  3. • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  4. • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. • 4 tablespoons butter
  6. • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  7. • 1 cup half and half
  8. • 1 cup chicken broth
  9. • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  10. • 1 teaspoon salt
  11. • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  12. • Optional: chopped, cooked bits of bacon
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Blanch the green beans approximately 5 minutes, submerge in cold water, and set aside.
  3. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine onions, flour, panko bread crumbs, and salt. Toss to combine.
  4. 3. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Bake onions approximately 30 minutes tossing 2 to 3 times during baking. Bake until golden brown, remove from oven, and set aside.
  5. 4. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
  6. 5. In a skillet (cast iron is preferable), melt butter. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  7. 6. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute.
  8. 7. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  9. 8. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ of the onions and all the green beans. Top with the remaining onions (and bits of bacon if desired).
  10. 9. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.
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The Sweet Potatoes

Anytime I think about sweet potatoes, I need to know that marshmallows will be involved because, obviously.  For this recipe, think about Seva Kitchen’s poutine (OMG, yum!) but as a delicious marshmallow-y sweet potato version. Adults and kids alike will love this.

Sweet Potato Poutine
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1373 calories
224 g
142 g
52 g
10 g
33 g
726 g
2697 g
133 g
2 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
726g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1373
Calories from Fat 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g
80%
Saturated Fat 33g
163%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 142mg
47%
Sodium 2697mg
112%
Total Carbohydrates 224g
75%
Dietary Fiber 16g
65%
Sugars 133g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
1508%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
26%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 4 sweet potatoes (cut in ¼ inch fries or purchase frozen sweet potato fries)
  2. • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  3. • 4 tablespoons butter
  4. • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  5. • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  7. • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  8. • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  9. • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. 1. Bake the sweet potato fries at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until tender/fully cooked.
  2. 2. In a medium saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Keep warm.
  3. 3. Toss fresh baked fries in combined cinnamon and sugar coating evenly. Place fries in a baking pan and cover with mini marshmallows. Bake until tops of marshmallows are golden brown.
  4. 4. Drizzle brown sugar mixture over the fries/marshmallows and serve.
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about the author…Ashlynn is wife, mom of three littles, and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Rocky Mountain College. She is an introvert who is uncharacteristically social and loves family, learning, travel, animals, and all things Montana.

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