I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I confess that it is my favorite holiday because of the food. Yeah, being thankful is good, and we do do that too-more than just on Thanksgiving. Yeah, we remember that the Pilgrims and the Native Americans made it through a long harsh year and sat together for a meal in thanks. We do take time to reflect on what God has done for us throughout the year. But I love the food. That’s the truth of it.
I’m joining up with some friends in gathering Thanksgiving Meal recipes. I’m a little late to the ball game so you will have to check out their links for appetizers and the main entree. Today is all about the side dishes. We have many and it is easy to “collect” too many in my family because you have to have…..oh, and….can’t forget the….
I will share two because, well, just because. My kids have a highlight for Thanksgiving – asparagus. That simple. I break the tough ends off, put the stalks in a large shallow pan with 1/4 cup water and cover them. They are usually crisp tender in 7-10 minutes. When they are the consistency we like (because some people like them softer), I put slices of dill havarti, smoked gouda, or swiss on them, leaving the beautiful tips showing, and serve them on a pretty platter. If you want to skip the cheese, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over them, sprinkle on some kosher salt, and a few twists of the pepper grinder.
My favorite is mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes. I always get way too many though. Here is my favorite Mashed Potato recipe. You want to see this one, unless you are allergic to dairy. If that’s the case, just keep on moving, and show me your favorite side dish recipe below.
Link up your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes here. Please only include side dishes. All other recipes will be deleted.
Today I’m joining my friend Steph at Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom and Barb at Frugal Local Kitchen. Check out their pages for more great recipes.