New Twists on Classic Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Chances are you probably grew up with certain side dishes on Thanksgiving that you either loved or hated. And while most of us don’t like to mess with Thanksgiving tradition (it is tradition, after all) sometimes life calls for just a little bit of change. Perhaps you’d like to incorporate something into your meal your new husband would like to have, or that your grandmother would be proud of you for making on your own. Perhaps you just want something different or simpler or you never celebrated before and you have no idea what to make!

We have plenty of suggestions when it comes to side dishes. Since Thanksgiving is such a traditional holiday, many people do things the same way year after year, but we decided to throw a little twist on some of your favorite side dish recipes.  Here are three of your old-fashioned favorites made over into something a little bit more exciting.

Slow Cooker Stuffing

Just a little Thanksgiving story here; when I was a little girl, stuffing was always my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. I lived for stuffing on Thanksgiving and Christmas – impatiently, that is. When I was around 11, I realized that my mom and dad were taking the stuffing out of the turkey and not out of its own pan in the oven. It occurred to me that the stuffing was in a part of the bird’s body that was “super icky” to a child that age, and I refused to eat stuffing for years because I was not eating something from “there”. My mom was a gem and she made me my own from the box stuffing for the next few years until I realized 1 – it’s not that good, and 2 – everyone else lived after eating stuffing from the turkey’s body so why torture myself?

With that said, we have a slow cooker stuffing recipe courtesy of the Food Network that might make your holidays easier if you have a similar situation.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

This is a recipe that takes you favorite holiday potatoes and makes them in a traditional manner, but probably not the way you’re used to eating them on this particular holiday. Twice baked sweet potatoes are amazing, and simple to create on the busiest cooking day of the year. Your family will love them so much they’ll quickly become a tradition.

Pumpkin Parmesan Bread

Okay, we know; you’re tired of pumpkin everything. Coming from the woman who looks forward to Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte for 9 solid months every single year, even I raised a questionable eyebrow walking past pumpkin spice bagels, pumpkin spice eggnog and pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls in the supermarket yesterday. But let’s be honest; pumpkin parmesan bread sounds amazing, and it’s going to make a killer side dish at dinner.

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