Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, reflecting on what you are grateful for this year. It should not be spent fretting over the perfect menu.
Planning a holiday menu can be stressful. That's why we've compiled a list of 10 no-fail side dishes for your Thanksgiving table.
1. Glazed Pepper-Bacon Poppers
These appetizing treats are simple to prep ahead of time and quick to cook. I like offering a variety of items, so I do some with chicken and some with sea scallops, but just one is fine as well. Pork tenderloin and cubed filet meat also work very well for this. The glaze recipe can be made in advance and just brushed on close to the end of cooking, or if you are in a real pinch for time a bottle of teriyaki glaze works great as well.
Recipe: Glazed Pepper-Bacon Poppers
2. Asparagus Champagne Risotto
Asparagus stalks are boiled in broth, while savory shiitake mushrooms are sautéed simply on the stove. This recipe comes to us from Elizabeth from Sophisticated Pie.
Recipe: Asparagus Champagne Risotto
3. Barbecue Baked Beans
This recipe for baked beans calls for a few secret ingredients that could only come from the barbecue mastermind of Melissa Cookston. The two-time World Barbecue Champion brings it all to the table with this delicious recipe.
Recipe: Barbecue Baked Beans
4. Roasted Cauliflower Tart
This dish is a perfect and simple dish for any meal.
Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Tart
5. Lemon Mint Quinoa Salad
This refreshing salad is simple, flavorful, filling and the perfect introduction to quinoa. The nutritious super grain is elevated with fresh flavors of lemon, mint, garlic and green onion. This recipe comes to us from Marti of Tofu ’n Sprouts.
Recipe: Lemon Mint Quinoa Salad
6. Baked Rosemary Mushroom Polenta
Traditional polenta is spiced up with a little cayenne pepper and parmesan cheese, then topped with rosemary infused mushrooms. Even the most devout carnivores will be convinced after trying this deceptively simple holiday dish. This recipe comes to us from Trudy Slabosz of Veggie.num.num.
Recipe: Baked Mushroom Rosemary Polenta
7. Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili
This recipe comes from Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani. Butternut squash and black beans are spiced with both ancho and chipotle chili powders in this hearty winter warmer. This squash spin on an American classic proves the adage “if you think chili needs meat, you don’t know beans!”
8. Pumpkin with Onion and Ginger
This is a recipe of pumpkin infused with various spices which have anti- inflammatory properties. The flavors of this dish are not very overpowering rather it feels very soothing on the palate.
Recipe: Pumpkin with Onion and Ginger
9. A Quiche for All Seasons
One of the best “kitchen-sink” recipes, don’t let the fancy name fool you into thinking this is a complicated dish to make. Essentially a custard pie, as long as you remember the ratios of custard, you can add anything to spice up this simple dish. Makes one pie.
Recipe: A Quiche for All Seasons
10. Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
Esca’s Chef Dave Pasternack's sauteed wild mushrooms goes perfectly with pan-seared striped bass with roasted sweet potatoes.
Recipe: Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
11. Green Beans with Pancetta
Crispy green beans tossed with Italian style bacon and cruncy pine nuts. You won't even know you're eating your vegetables.
Recipe: Green Beans with Pancetta