Food & Drink

5 Must-Have Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there’s just enough time left to do some last minute shopping. Do you have your Thanksgiving dinner planned out already? In case you forgot a few items, here are the five must-have sides you need on the table:

5. Dinner Rolls

I generally prefer stuffed crescent rolls with my Thanksgiving dinner; and they are so simple to make! Just cut string cheese sticks in half and roll them up with Pillsbury Crescent rolls. In just 12 minutes you will have the most delightful cheesy rolls that work perfectly with some cranberry sauce on top.

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4. Green Bean Casserole

Growing up, green bean casserole was never my personal favorite. My mom would always make it for other members of the family. However, over the last couple years I have actually grown to like it. On Thanksgiving day, green bean casserole is only type of vegetable on my plate so it helps balance out the rest of the meal.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole

Okay I will have to show my bias on this one. While sweet potato casserole is my personal favorite Thanksgiving dish, I do acknowledge that not all people value it as high as I do. Something about the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and the roasted marshmallows on top; it’s the perfect symphony of flavors. Also, this dish is like a dessert before the actual desert. Who doesn’t love that?

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2. Stuffing/Dressing

Now I did not know the difference between stuffing and dressing until recently. Apparently, stuffing goes in the turkey and the dressing is baked on its own. My mom would always make both anyway so I never had to pick and choose between the two. Stuffing provides that quintessential Thanksgiving feeling in my opinion. I only eat it once a year on this occasion and enjoy it every time.

1. Mashed Potatoes

I honestly believe you cannot have a Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potatoes and gravy on the table. Mashed potatoes can be paired with nearly everything on the plate: turkey, stuffing, and even corn. Thanksgiving also provides the perfect excuse to have two different potato dishes in the same meal. Mashed potatoes are vital to Thanksgiving, and everyone knows it.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Let me know in the comments below!

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