Impress At Any Event With These Side Dishes
No matter what, the turkey is always the star of the show on Thanksgiving Day, but it wouldn't be anything without a spectacular supporting cast. When you've been tasked with preparing side dishes for your family's Thanksgiving feast, it's a big deal. Try making one of these scrumptious sides to make sure you don't show up with a dud.
Super Easy Sides for the Cooking Novice
We've broken this list down into difficulty levels. If you're a master chef and you want to show off your skills, hop down to the Kitchen Expert section. If you've just been promoted from bringing the plastic ware and soda or you don't have time to prepare a more advanced dish, take a look at the simple and easy options below.
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes - Mashed potatoes are a great beginner's dish and these can be made ahead two days in advanced so you can get it right before the big feast.
- Easy Sausage and Herb Stuffing - Stuffing is a must for Thanksgiving and this super simple recipe will delight your family.
- Creamed Spinach - This recipe is a perfect balance to serve with your turkey dinner and it only takes a few minutes to whip up.
Sides for the Intermediate Cook
If this isn't your first time in the kitchen but you don't think you can contend with the culinary skills of the veteran Thanksgiving chefs in the family take a peak at these options. They're so good even the Turkey master will be impressed.
- Turkey Gravy - If you didn't get selected as the person to make the turkey this year, you can still be a part of it's preparation with this savory gravy recipe.
- Potatoes Au Gratin - This creamy dish of layered potatoes deserves a place on the Thanksgiving day menu.
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streudle - Forget about the marshmallow topped sweet potatoes you're used to. Once you try this recipe you'll never go back.
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Turkey Day Side Dishes for the Kitchen Expert
You know the difference between folding batter and mixing batter and you're way beyond the basics of, sautéing, searing, and braising. If that describes your kitchen experience level, maybe you should be making the turkey. If someone else already claimed the honor, you can still impress your family with these dishes.
- Brussel Sprouts Gratin - It won't just be the flavor that your family loves when you make this dish. They'll be impressed that you got the kid's table to eat brussel sprouts.
- Challah, Wild Mushroom & Herb Stuffing - This is an upgraded stuffing recipe that takes a bit more skill than the one above, but the delicious flavor of wild mushrooms makes it worth the effort.
- Southern Style Buttermilk Biscuits - These buttery, flaky, golden biscuits are another make ahead recipe that will wow your family.
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