Monday, November 18, 2013

Top 10 Side Dishes for the Holidays

The holidays approach.
You know the time of year... 
Let the eating Fest begin!  Say it loud and proud, folks!
Here's a couple of ideas to add to your festivities this year.  

One note, sometimes people don't like it if you change up all their "favorites" at once.  
Start to slip in a new dish or two, and see what you can do to create some new "must haves" for the future. 

I have a little guilt in rereading last year's Top 10 Thanksgiving ideas, as 5 are the same.  I guess it's because they are the classics you really ought to consider.

Baked Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Topping
Just about the best thing ever, and I have eaten LOTS of great sweet potatoes, this is my new favorite.


Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberries & Walnuts
A nice way to get people to eat them.  I haven't been the biggest fan of Brussels Sprouts, but this is totally addicting.  Good hot, or cold.


Chili Corn Souffle
Easy to make ahead and bake as you need them.  This is delicious for everyone, but especially nice for the Vegetarians at the table.

Edamame Succotash
Good for the traditional people who like corn, but changed up to include edamame.

Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms, Cooking Light
Everyone needs a "light" dish on Thanksgiving... LOL. Really though, this is lighter in calories but heavy on flavor.

Roasted Beets with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
I love this... actually I love anything roasted, with goat cheese! SO pretty too.

Red Quinoa and Butternut Salad
Some crunch and lots of Holiday flavors.  Tasty and nutritious. Make ahead too.

"The Works"  Baked Potato Casserole
Okay, I know it's not mashed... but this could be an additional dish, OR great for another holiday meal.  You can make this up ahead too.

Sourdough and Sausage Stuffing
Not my finest photo, however, this is one of the family favorites each year.  The only requested item by my son, nothing else matters.


Chorizo Chipotle Cornbread Stuffing
Different and spicy, and something good for those who may be gluten free.


Here are some more that didn't quite make my Top 10, but happen to be very nice...
Carmelized Green Onions, Tomato and Zucchini
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Almonds

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