Thanksgiving is almost here! These are our favorite tried and true, make-ahead side dishes perfect for your holiday table.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's time to finalize your holiday menu! Does your family switch things up from year to year or do you stick to the classics?
These recipes are our family favorites and we make them every year. They can even be made ahead of time, allowing everyone to enjoy the day. Yes, even gravy and mashed potatoes can be made ahead! Whether you're looking for some ways to simplify your holiday or add a new side dish to your table, this post has everything you need. Enjoy!
Easy Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce
This Easy Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce, with ginger, lemongrass and pomegranates has super fresh, vibrant flavor. And it takes less than 15 minutes to make!
Healthy Butternut Sweet Potato Casserole
Combining sweet potatoes, butternut squash and maple syrup, this healthy, make-ahead sweet potato casserole wows everyone!
The BEST Stuffing Recipe - Crispy, Buttery Herb Stuffing
This truly is the BEST stuffing recipe for so many reasons. It's crisp on top, light and moist inside, studded with fresh pears and sweet dried cranberries and BURSTING with delicious buttery, herb flavor. A big bonus is you can make it in advance and bake just before serving.
Caramelized Pear Arugula Salad
This Caramelized Pear Arugula Salad is a show-stopper with fresh greens, pan-roasted pears, ruby red pomegranates, thin slivers of sweet white onion and butter-roasted pecans. The delicious honey cider dressing ties it all together.
Honey Maple Roasted Carrots
Transform the everyday humble carrot into a spectacular side with this easy, make-ahead Honey Maple Roasted Carrots recipe!
Delicious Make-Ahead Gravy (the real deal!)
Stressed over upcoming holiday meals? This Make-Ahead Gravy is the real deal! Made with roasted chicken wings, carrots, onions, fresh herbs and broth, it's not only super delicious, it makes entertaining so much easier!
Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
The easiest mashed potatoes ever, with no last minute fussing! These Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes are super delicious and can be made a few days in advance.
Make-Ahead Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
These Bacon Wrapped Green Beans are extraordinarily delicious and, even better, they can be prepped a day in advance for easy entertaining!
Nanny's Wonderful Cranberry Salad
This delicious cranberry salad is filled with fresh cranberries, red grapes, shredded coconut, toasted walnuts and freshly whipped cream. It makes a beautiful presentation on the holiday table!
20-Minute Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Super quick and easy, these delicious Caramelized Sweet Potatoes are a healthy alternative to traditional, sticky, marshmallow recipes. Besides being a fabulous side, they can also be used on salads and in soups.
Harvest Apple Arugula Salad
I'm calling this a Harvest Apple Arugula Salad, but it could just as easily be called Fall in a Bowl. It's loaded with delicious autumn-inspired ingredients and finished with a fabulous Pomegranate Ginger Salad Dressing. SO GOOD!
Honey Ginger Charred Carrots - The Thanksgiving side that will steal the show!
!These Honey Ginger Charred Carrots are lightly charred, sweetly glazed with honey, a hint of ginger and soy and a splash of chili garlic sauce - addictively delicious!
Ridiculously Easy Artisan Rolls
These Easy Artisan Rolls truly are ridiculously easy. Stir up the dough then go to bed. In the morning, shape and bake. Unbelievably delicious too!
Thought for the day:
Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
What we're listening to for inspiration:
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I could skip the turkey, too, along with anything pumpkin. The sides look delicious, especially the asparagus.
Oops, correction: green beans.
Chris Scheuer says