Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

It is hard to believe it is already November! In a few weeks, people will be celebrating one of Americas’ favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. A day dedicated to family and friends, football, and food!

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Green Bean Casserole

You can’t go wrong with this favorite. The combination of cream of mushroom soup, green beans, and crispy onions creates a dish full of flavor and crunch!

If you are looking for a twist on a classic, try The Pioneer Woman’s Green Bean Casserole recipe, complete with bacon and cheddar cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends cut off
  • Salt
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 whole large onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk, plus extra for thinning if needed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the green beans in lightly salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes
  3. Remove the green beans and plunge them into cold water
  4. Drain the beans once they cool
  5. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes
  6. Add the peppers, garlic and onions and cook for 3-5 minutes
  7. Remove from heat and set aside
  8. Melt the butter over medium heat in a new pan
  9. Sprinkle the flour and whisk evenly to mix into the butter
  10. Cook for 1-2 minutes then pour in the milk and half-and-half
  11. Cook and whisk for 2 minutes
  12. Add 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, some black pepper, the cayenne, and the grated cheese
  13. Stir until the cheese is melted
  14. Turn off the heat and add the bacon/onion mixture, stirring to combine
  15. Add the green beans then pour into a baking dish
  16. Top with the panko and bake 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly and the panko is golden

Brussel Sprouts

While not a Thanksgiving staple, per say, Brussel Sprouts have become increasingly popular. This Thanksgiving, try roasting them with balsamic vinegar or mixing them with bacon for a savory treat.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple at some people’s feast, though they can be an acquired taste. Luckily, there are many ways to serve them.

  • Roasted with honey and cinnamon
  • Mashed with pecan crumbles
  • Soufflé topped with marshmallows

If you are looking for a quick option, try roasted sweet potatoes.

Instructions:

  1. Cut four sweet potatoes into one-inch chunks
  2. Put the chunks on a roasting tray or cookie sheet
  3. Drizzle the chunks with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon
  4. Add salt (sparingly)
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes (or until tender)

Potatoes

The options are literally endless with regular potatoes. Some of our favorite ways to eat them are:

  • Roasted with olive oil and rosemary
  • Mashed
  • Baked
  • Au gratin

Whatever you have this year, we hope you enjoy! From all of us here at Sterling Dental Center, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!