For most families, it’s pretty easy to decide which dishes take priority at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The turkey is almost always the centerpiece of the meal, while some kind of pie — usually pumpkin — is the bookend that rounds out a stomach-stretching dinner.
As we learned with our Thanksgiving side dish bracket in 2011, the next most popular dishes include mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, yeast rolls, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce.
But what if you’re tired of having the exact same menu? Maybe your family likes to experiment with one new side dish every year. Perhaps you’re the black sheep of the family and you want to alarm everyone by showing up with Brussels sprouts.
If that’s the case, I’ve scoped out side dish recipes in search of the most unusual yet tantalizing ideas. One uses bananas and honey to brighten up whipped sweet potatoes. A green bean gratin with goat cheese might just kick the old green bean casserole to the curb. Caramelized onions and a touch of maple liven up those Brussels sprouts, while horseradish applesauce pairs so nicely with turkey that the gravy might be forgotten — I said might.
Bring one of these concoctions to the table for a touch that’s anything but boring or expected.
To see these recipes, click here.
What are you making for Thanksgiving dinner? Are you sticking to the basics or branching out this year?