For me, the hardest part of planning Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is the sides. There are so many to choose from, but we often get in a rut and just make the same old thing year after year. I was listening to a podcast by Alton Brown and he said that it’s just not Thanksgiving at his house without certain dishes. He began to list them off and he determined that NINE side dishes are necessary! 🙂 I think he was counting gravy as its own dish, but still…nine?!? Then again, maybe he’s right. We must have a potato of some kind (preferably mashed) and it would be blasphemy to miss out on dinner rolls of some kind. Then there’s the warm vegetable side like green beans or green bean casserole, sweet potatoes for those who like them (blech) and a salad of some kind. Our family loves sweet broccoli salad. My husband’s family makes this orange jello salad every year. He hates it, but it’s always on his plate because, well, it’s just not the holidays without it! 🙂 Hopefully this very comprehensive collection of side dishes will inspire you to try something new! My contribution to the collection is this tangy, sweet, slightly spicy cranberry salsa. It’s colorful and beautiful and it’s way better than cranberry sauce from a can!
Phew! Thanks for sticking with me to the end! That’s over 50 delicious and beautiful side dishes, worthy of any holiday table! So which ones will you be trying out this season? You know it’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving menu! 🙂