Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Thanksgiving-a-palooza continues this week, as we count down to the FoodShed’s favorite day of the year. (Which is Thanksgiving.) One thing we love to think about is side dishes. There are too many fabulous side dishes for us to eat all in one remarkable evening, but we’ll share some of our favorites with you, to get you in the mood. You pick your favorites, and tell us about your family’s traditional dishes.

Squash, Mushrooms, Leeks, Eggs, Cheese
Squash, Mushrooms, Leeks, Eggs, Cheese

You can make this Thanksgiving Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash Bread Pudding nearly entirely in advance. Even better, it’s a richly flavorful vegetarian dish that pleases the meat eaters and non meat-eaters alike. You actually make a custard and pour it over the bread, for a casserole I wouldn’t mind bathing in.

Thanksgiving Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
Thanksgiving Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

Braised Melty Fennel with Gruyere and Parmesan is another classic side dish. This is another vegetarian side, courtesy of our friend Natalie. The fennel takes on an almost caramelized flavor, and the two types of cheeses are so, so good.

Slice into Batons
Slice into Batons

We’re beginning to see a pattern. Are all of our sides vegetarian?! That makes sense… This comes from another of our vegetarian friends – little Megan. These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Mushrooms  are earthy and sweet, and their simple white wine glaze is so delicious.

Earthy, Rich and Delicious
Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Earthy, Rich and Delicious

Of course, you need mashed potatoes. Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes make a memorable side dish. (There’s been an egregious oversight, and we apparently have never blogged our Mashed Potatoes with Celery Root recipe.) We’ll be posting that stat!

Black Truffle Oil, Mascarpone, Butter and Potatoes
Black Truffle Oil, Mascarpone, Butter and Potatoes

As we read through here, we realize we have some more cooking to do! Stay tuned for the mashed potatoes with celery root, a green bean dish, and a classic stuffing recipe.

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