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A Side Dish Named Desire

Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup

Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey and this year, we’ll be roasting two given the size of the party.  But we’re also mindful of our sides since there are a number of vegetarian family members coming – not to mention that adding a little green to a basically brown meal makes the spread that much more colorful.

Winter Salad

Winter Salad

This year, we’re trying a side we saw in the current issue of Traditional Home – a winter salad of roasted butternut squash with arugula, dates, dried cherries and Marcona almonds.  It sounds so yummy and we love bitter arugula paired with sweet cherries and nutty almonds.

Roasted Brussels Sprouted with Honey and Bacon

Roasted Brussels Sprouted with Honey and Bacon

One side you won’t find on our table is Brussels sprouts as our husbands aren’t fans but if we had our choice, we’d roast them with bacon and drizzle on some honey – again, the sweet/salty thing.

Apple-Herb Stuffing

Apple-Herb Stuffing

Now for the carbs – stuffing is a must (this one‘s made with French bread, apples and caramelized onions – great for breakfast the next day with a fried egg on top!)…

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

and so are mashed potatoes.  We like ours creamy, with a touch of garlic and fresh herbs.

Pretty Pumpkin Pie

Pretty Pumpkin Pie

And we can’t forget the most important side (if dessert can be called a side) and one we dream about all year long – pumpkin pie.  Our recipe is a light and airy chiffon!

It’s your turn to dish – what sides do you desire at Thanksgiving?

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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4 Comments

  • Reply The Enchanted home November 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You have me craving a Thanksgiving dinner at not even 9am! I love all the sides and this is by far my favorite meal of the year. I love brussel sprouts anything but like you my family is not such a fan so normally we go for other sides that everyone loves, the salad sounds good…tell us how it turns out!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips November 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Thanksgiving dishes aren’t my favorites, but if they looked like the ones above, I’d be asking for seconds of everything. Delish….and love a beautiful pie!

    Stay warm today….brrrrrr!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply stitchfork November 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love the sweet/salty combo too, I’m with your husbands saying no to brussel sprouts, and YES! pumpkin pie is a side dish and one of those required food groups!!
    xo
    Cathy

  • Reply Leslie November 22, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Hi Ladies!! I’ve only been gone a few weeks and I’ve missed so much!

    Lovely sides here. Marcona almonds are delicious and make everything taste good. I like that winter salad at the top! My husband will have brussel sprouts if they are roasted, however they are not his favorite 🙁 Too bad because they are SO healthy. Garlic/herb mashed potatoes are the best and I will be making a stuffing with apples .. love it!

    xxL

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