At the risk of sounding like The Grinch, when did the day after Halloween become the start of the Christmas season? Even when Christmas decorations were put out on the day after Thanksgiving I was still a little tired of it all by the time Christmas actually rolled around. Now? It's just crazy talk. I was in Barnes and Noble two weeks ago and they were already playing Christmas music.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some Christmas. But I like Thanksgiving, too. Thanksgiving isn't a commercial holiday, but it isn't one to be glossed over then tossed aside. It's a time to be thankful for your life's blessings, spend time with family, have a few days off from work, and eat some darned tasty food.
With that, here are my favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes that we make every year. I hope you will add them to your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy!
My 6 favorite Thanksgiving side dishes
Cranberry Sauce. Yes, you can make cranberry sauce from scratch and it's super easy! If you think you don't like cranberry sauce because you've only had it from a can, give it another try. There is no comparison to homemade! I stock up on fresh cranberries while they're still in the store and freeze them so I can make this cranberry sauce throughout the year. So good!
Creamed Pearl Onions. I have a thing for creamed onions. I'm not sure what it is, but I love them! My grandmother made them and it was one part of Thanksgiving that I always remembered so I feel a bit of nostalgia when I make them myself. I don't make them every year since I'm the only one in my house that eats them, but I love them when I do! Besides, if they don't eat them, all the more for me!
Crockpot Stuffing. Yes. This. Not only is it delicious, but by using your crockpot you save up valuable oven space which is at an absolute premium on Thanksgiving. Genius.
Sweet Potato Pie. Almost like pumpkin pie, but better. There, I said it. I attribute it to the fact that most of us don't want to deal with a fresh pumpkin so we use canned pumpkin, which isn't even pumpkin!). But with a sweet potato pie, you are using a fresh sweet potato. I was the biggest pumpkin pie fan around and then on a whim I made this one year. Now, I haven't had a pumpkin pie in years. Now, I'm all about the sweet potato.
Creamed Spinach. OMG, yum! I adore creamed spinach and this recipe is amazing. It's creamy and just perfect.
Cornbread. This is the best cornbread recipe I've ever had, bar none. I'm serious. It's absolute perfection. Anytime we have cornbread away from home, my husband always says, "It's good, but yours is better."
I hope your Thanksgiving is happy, healthy, and delicious!