Easy Recipes for Thanksgiving Sides!

Easy Recipes for Thanksgiving Sides!

It’s November and you know what that means, a family get-together with lots of yummy food.  If you family is anything like mine, we all bring a side to go with the turkey and ham.  Thanksgiving dinner would not be the same without the fabulous sides.  I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for you to try this Thanksgiving…

  1. Boston Market Copycat Sweet Potato Casserole


3 1/2 – 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmegTopping
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter unsalted butter
6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Fill a large pot with sweet potato pieces and water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cook until fork tender.  Drain potatoes and place back into pot.  Mash potatoes with a potato masher or blend with an electric mixer, until mostly smooth.  Add remaining ingredients (except topping ingredients).  Mix until combined.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease an 8”x10” casserole dish (8×8 or 9×9 works too).

Spoon sweet potatoes into casserole dish and smooth out.  Sprinkle top of sweet potatoes with marshmallows.

Melt butter in a medium microwave safe bowl.  Add remaining ingredients.  Mix with a fork.  Sprinkle over top of casserole.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until streusel is crisp and marshmallows are golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

2. Fully Loaded Extreme Cheesy Potato Casserole

1 pound thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped
2 pound red potatoes, washed and diced
1 cup sour cream
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) package shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Colby jack cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 scallion, chopped

Preheat oven 400°F.

In a large mixing bowl combine sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.   Stir until well combined.  Add potatoes and ¾ of chopped bacon.  Mix until well combined.

Pour into a greased (6″x10″) baking dish.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60-75 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.  Remove from oven.  Stir.  Sprinkle Colby Jack cheese over top and bake 15 minutes uncovered.

Sprinkle casserole with reserved bacon and scallions.  Serve and enjoy!

3. Carrots with Walnuts

Cook 8 bunches (2 1/2 pounds, trimmed) baby carrots in boiling salted water until tender, 8 minutes; drain. Saute in 2 tablespoons butter with a 3.5-ounce jar walnuts in syrup over medium-high heat. Add a splash of cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped chives.
I hope you get the chance to try some of these recipes, let me know how they turned out.  We’d love for you to share some of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!!