Thanksgiving Side Dishes NOT cooked in the oven!
My hubby and I were talking last night about Thanksgiving. We talked about past experiences of stressful holidays and it got me to thinking. What is Thanksgiving really about? For me it is about family and camaraderie. It’s about reconnecting with those you love and giving thanks. Having extra time to spend with Dan. Laughing, watching football, talking cameras with my Dad, giggling with my Mom – mostly just hanging out.
Personally I LOVE to cook Thanksgiving dinner. But I also recognize that isn’t for everyone! If cooking for a crowd is stressful for you here are a couple tips…
- Go out to your a restaurant – pick your favorite, something everyone would enjoy!
- Order Chinese food take-out – order some extra too so when you’re looking for leftovers you’ll have some in the refrigerator.
- Grocery stores offer a complete Turkey dinner with a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy for $49.95 – ham & prime rib are also available. You will need to pre-order so check your local store for availability and prices.
Here’s my bottom line…. don’t stress – make it fun for everyone, including YOU!!!
So… having said that here’s my Thanksgiving post. It seems like there is always so much happening in the kitchen and especially in the oven Thanksgiving Day. What about the side dishes? There is never enough room to cook the Thanksgiving Side Dishes. What’s a gal/guy to do when everything needs to be done at the same time?
Don’t use the oven of course!
Today I wanted to share with you a conglomeration of recipes and delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes that don’t require the oven! You’re going to find at least one (probably more!!) fabulous new recipes. Some recipes are mine, but many of my colleagues have submitted recipes to share – the best of the best! Let’s get started!
- Erica’s Recipes has shared an amazing German Green Bean Salad with Dill – what’s even better here, this delicious side dish is made the night before!
- Just to the side from the LeMoine Family Kitchen is a delicious Peas with Pancetta & Shallots – Angela is used to hosting a crowd and this side is so simple, but is fancy enough for a Holiday meal!
- The Organic Kitchen has shared Grandma Julia’s Green Beans (and you know if it is a recipe from a Grandma is will be even more fabulous) don’t they look crunchy and delicious? WOW!!
- Last up is my recipe for 3 Ingredients Steamed Green Beans – I love these, my hubby and I enjoy them all the time – delicious!
Great tip to keep sides warm? Line your cooler with foil. Wrap the heated side dish(s) in a towel and stack them in the cooler. Close the lid tightly.
- Brandi from Aunt Bee’s Recipes shared her BEST Broccoli salad – she says if you like bacon and cheese…you will love this salad!
- And Lynette from Moore or Less Cooking shared her Broccoli Salad Recipe that offers crunchy apples, chopped nuts, applewood bacon – but there’s no doubt broccoli is the star!
Cranberry Sauce can often be made ahead and frozen – take out of the freezer two days before to thaw.
A Thanksgiving table is complete without Cranberry Sauce (at least in my home!) and a couple of these are even made in the slow cooker? Even better in my book!
- Cranberry Cherry Apple Sauce is from Recipes to Nourish. The addition of apples and cinnamon sounds like such a beautiful combination. I bet it’s really fragrant too, mmm!!
- Next up is Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce by Real Food Real Deals (love that it can be made in the slow cooker) and the recipe sounds so good!
- The next Homemade Cranberry Sauce is from yours truly! 😀 Mom and I made this sauce last year and served it at Christmas too – freezes great also!
- Last, but certainly not least is another Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from the LeMoine Family Kitchen – putting the slow cooker to work on the holiday? Brilliant!
Set the table the day before – one less thing to do!
Now we have more yummy sides – all made on the stovetop or an electric skillet!
- First up Sharon’s Special Sticky Rice – pure comfort food! Each bite has tender morsels of glutinous sweet rice and savory nibbles of salty Chinese sausage. Is your mouth watering yet? Mmm…. mine is!
- Culinary Ginger is servings up Sausage Stuffed Potato Dumplings – pillows of goodness I say, YUM! Or, if you don’t make them for Thanksgiving, they could also be made with leftover mashed potatoes, turkey and stuffing, shape them and fry.
- Over to the right are my Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes – my hubby’s favorite, he requests these potatoes every year!
- On the bottom left another delicious Sour Cream and Onion Mashed Potatoes developed from the flavors of your favorite potato chip from A Real Food Journey – you’re going to love the amazing flavor of these mashed tatters!
- Next up another of my family favorites, Candied Sweet Potatoes – another must have on our table and even better when they are made a couple of days in advance – less stress, even better!
- And for a fun side, try these Kid-Friendly Confetti Rice! Only 20 minutes to make and loaded with veggies, these sound just terrific (shhhh! don’t tell the kids, but this is healthy too!)
Is Thanksgiving meal too much work? Make it a potluck! Everyone always brings their best dishes, cook the turkey and let others fill in with great sides.
Mac ‘n Cheese is always a great stovetop side and a great Thanksgiving Side Dish!
- White Cheddar Mac & Cheese from Aunt Bee’s Recipes is a showstopper! The homemade cheese sauce is insanely good and everyone asks for seconds.
- My 30 minute Chili Mac and Cheese is what I’ll be serving up the day after Thanksgiving for a big family party, it is just fabulous, easy too!
- Moore or Less Cooking has my mouth watering with her Beer Mac and Cheese. Yes, you heard it right! Beer Mac & Cheese, this one is definitely on my list!
- Last but not least is my Grandma’s recipe for Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. It’s cheese, butter, half & half and pasta. It ain’t fancy, but it is fabulous!
Want a stress free Thanksgiving – make the gravy a day (or two!) ahead. Just reheat prior to serving!
A Thanksgiving table deserves to have salad – but not any old salad, season it up with something special!
- Winter Kale and Wild Rice Salad – full of delicious crunch and topped with a light citrus vinaigrette! From Moore or Less Cooking.
- Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Cranberries looks just amazing. Thanks so much for serving it up Recipes to Nourish!
- Greens with Pomegranates Vinaigrette – perfect during the fall when Pomegranates are in season and pretty enough to be the star of the buffet!
Another great tip – don’t make everything yourself. Ask each guest to bring a dessert and set up a dessert buffet. Desserts are done!
If you would like to try a great recipe for roast turkey, here’s mine. Your turkey will be the star of the show, moist, delicious and perfectly done every time. This is my go-to recipe for Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Roasted Turkey
- 1 18-20 lb Turkey
- 6 cups root vegetables - I use onion, carrots and butternut squash
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees
- Clean & chop the root vegetables into large pieces. Put them into a large roasting pan and put the turkey on top.
- Mix together the butter and spices - salt, pepper, cloves & nutmeg. With clean hands, run the butter spice mixture all over the turkey, inside & out. Separate the skin from the breast meat and get it in there also.
- Mix together the wine and chicken broth and pour it over the turkey. Cover the turkey very tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 500 degree oven as follows;
- First half hour: 500 degrees
- Second half hour: 450 degrees
- Third half hour 400 degrees
- Turn heat down to 350 and continue cooking for one hour. Remove the foil. Baste turkey as it continues to cook. It will take about 1 1/2 hours more for a 20 lb. turkey.
- Allow to rest for at least a half hour, covered with aluminum foil. Remove the root veggies from the pan and you have a delicious side dish! Carve the turkey & enjoy!
- Are you cooking for Thanksgiving Day?
- Did you find a new Thanksgiving Side Dish to add to your menu?
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you!