What are some ideas for a Thanksgiving side dish?

It's just me, hubby and our 3 kids (8, 5, 1) for turkey day and we are in a turkey day rut as far as sides. What are some suggestions for sides that we would all enjoy and that are homey, yet not turkey day predictable? (ie green bean casserole) Variations on classics would be okay too. I just need ideas and fast. lol


Asked by upintrees at 5:59 AM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Holidays

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  • we usually have a big dish of mac n cheese - very easy, cook noodles and put in baking dish (drained), then make a sauce of i can evaporated milk and 2-3 cups shredded cheese (i use cheddar but have also made a mix of cheeses). heat slowly until all melted then pour on the noodles and put cheese on top. bake 350 for 15 mins so its all hot and cheese is melted on top. yummy

    Answer by sunmoonstars at 6:30 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes Prep: 10 minutes Total: 50 minutes To make ahead (up to 5 hours) prepare recipe through step 2. Cool; cover and refrigerate. About 15 minutes before ready to serve, proceed with recipe. Ingredients Serves 8. 8 medium sweet potatoes (5 pounds) 2 tablespoons olive oil Coarse salt 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar 1/3 cup pecan pieces 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel potatoes and halve lengthwise; slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick. On a baking sheet, toss potatoes with olive oil; season with coarse salt. Transfer half the potatoes to a second baking sheet; cook both sheets until potatoes are tender, tossing occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecan pieces, and cayenne pepper, dividing evenly. Bake until sugar is caramelized and hard, about 10 minutes. Gently toss; serve immediately.


    Answer by SophiaofLight at 7:21 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Oh you've gotta try this one. Quick, easy and delicious.

    Corn Cassarole

    1 - 16 oz can whole corn
    1 - 16 oz can cream corn
    1 pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
    1 stick melted butter
    1 egg
    1 cup sour cream
    salt & pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients and bake 350 for 45 -55 mins until center is firm & toothpick comes out clean.

    Answer by busybee68 at 9:01 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • What about a corn pudding or sweet potato casserole? Or, if the children prefer plain, just make corn and sweet potatoes. Younger children sometimes prefer just plain veggies, and they are much easier to prepare.

    Answer by NannyB. at 9:40 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I've had corn casserole, it is pretty good. I love greenbean casserole. I like cornbread dressing personally.

    Answer by mlregalado at 10:23 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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    Answer by SIMPLEMOMA at 1:18 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • You could do glazed carrots which there are a dozen recipes for. Mine are just butter, brown sugar and a little cider or water. Steam the carrots, dump in the rest and cook over medium until glazed. I usually use a couple TBLs each, but it is up to you.


    Answer by alcinoe at 1:45 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I also made this great Swiss Chard dish that my youngest loved, even the tomatoes. Just clean the Swiss Chard and remove the stems. Cut the stems up to about 1 inch or a little bigger. Chop the leaves in big pieces. Cook the stems in olive oil with a little salt about 5 minutes. Add greens and a little more olive oil and salt, toss to coat, cover and cook ten minutes. Take off cover and let the liquid evaporate. Add a few cloves of minced garlic and stir in until fragrant. Add cut up plum tomatoes, toss and cover and cook a few minutes until tomatoes are soft. Add a tablespoon or more of balsamic vinegar and you are done.
    You can also roast just about any vegetable with some olive oil and salt in a 425 degree oven and that is nice too. Carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, beets, really just about anything.

    Answer by alcinoe at 1:45 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Part 1

    Cheesy Spinach Quiche

    Makes 12 servings.

    1 8" frozen pie crust

    1/2 c butter

    3 gloves garlic, chopped

    1 small onion, diced

    1 10 oz frozen pkg. chopped spinach, thawed and drained

    1/2 pound herb Feta cheese

    8 oz shredded Cheddar cheese

    salt and pepper to taste

    4 eggs, beaten

    1 c milk

    1 tsp dried basil

    1 tsp dried oregano.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:44 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Part 2
    Preheat oven to 375 deg. *Prepare pie crust, and line it in a 2" deep pie or casserole dish *Melt butter in skillet. Add onion and garlic, saute over medium until lightly browned about 7 min. *Add spinach, Feta, 2 ounces Cheddar cheese. *Stir thoroughly, then add salt and pepper to taste. *Spoon into pastry shell. *In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, basil, oregano, salt and pepper *Pour into pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture. *Bake in preheated over for 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese on top and bake an additional 35-40 minutes, until set in the center.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:44 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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