5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Blew Us Away

November 26, 2018

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It may be affectionately known as “Turkey Day”, but Thanksgiving food isn’t just about roasting a great big bird. In fact, as alternative diets grow in popularity, many families are choosing the say bye bye to the bird and cook up something a little more sustainable. Even for devoted carnivores, there’s so much more to Thanksgiving than a bit of white meat. In fact, many Thanksgiving side dishes on the table are every bit as show-stopping as the “main” itself.

Take a peek at some of the very best recipes which our handpicked selection of the best mouthwatering Thanksgiving side dishes we saw this year.

Smoked Paprika & Bacon Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

roasted hassleback potatoes with bacon

These full loaded sweet potatoes, served up Hasselback style, are absolute showstoppers – but aren’t half as complicated to make as they look. This recipe can be adapted to be as skinny or as indulgent as you like; add your favourite cheese (mature cheddar or parmesan) or cut back on the bacon to enjoy the pure crisp yumminess of these baked beauties.

Shaved Carrots with Charred Dates

shaved carrots with charred dates and spices

Bored of the same old bland bowl of carrots? This recipe takes the humble carrot to new heights, shaving it into tasty mouthfuls and leaving it to soften without the need for cooking. A good handful of deliciously caramelised charred dates tossed into the mix make this side dish something very special. Choose purple-tinted carrots if you can find them for an out-of-the-ordinary look.

Winter Squash Agrodolce

Winter squash agrodolce

Italian cuisine has a way of making every ingredient shine and feel extra indulgent. Adding vinegar and chili to winter squash makes for a ravishing Thanksgiving side dish. Add honey and golden raisins and you’ve got a gorgeously sweet but tangy autumnal side we dare any guest to refuse seconds of.

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

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Like your Thanksgiving with a little extra spice? (No, we don’t mean picking fights with your sister-in-law). These beautiful jalapeno cornbread muffins are incredibly tempting morsels, perfect for soaking up gravy while bringing an extra kick of their own to the festivities. They’re gluten-free to boot!

Leeks, Pine Nuts & Tarragon Vinaigrette

Leeks, Pine Nuts & Tarragon Vinaigrette, Thakns giving side dishes

Eating your greens has never been so pleasurable. This delicious leek recipe features a delicious tarragon vinaigrette, which can be whipped up in mere minutes. Featuring capers, mustard, tarragon and pine nuts, this dressing takes leeks to a whole other level.

Be sure to let us know what you think the best Thanksgiving side dishes are. Do you like to keep things traditional or get experimental? Share your recipes and tips with other readers below.