Thanksgiving Dinner: Vegetable Side Dishes

What kind of Thanksgiving side-dish personality do you have?  Are you the kind of cook that has to make every side dish exactly the way your mother did, every single year?  Or do you like to switch things up?  We’ve got you covered, whichever profile fits you:


Here’s the our favorite traditional version of stuffing or dressing.  Here’s an amazing Victorian Stuffing complete with chestnuts–scrumptious! And here’s another Turkey Stuffing recipe another version that has chestnuts AND pork sausage.

Onions for Thanksgiving  turkey stuffing

Green Beans and other green vegetables:

Here’s the standard green bean casserole. If you want a lighter version, try a quick sautée of the beans in a little chicken stock, and finish with a splash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

One of my very favorite Thanksgiving sides is my sister-in-law Kim’s Blue Cheese & Cherry Salad. Barb loves Auntie Shirl’s Pear, Bleu Cheese and Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad.


Finally, we have several ways to present cranberries–and NONE of them involve that nasty canned stuff. My favorite version is sister-in-law Kari’s homemade cranberry relish. Or there’s one from Barb’s sister-in-law Claire, with cranberries and pears here with Cranberry Ginger Pear Chutney. Another version with orange here with Cranberry Orange Relish.  And yet another with orange and ginger here in this Cranberry Orange Relish, #2.