5 Easy and Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

thanskgiving side dish recipesThanksgiving is just days away and here at Girls Crochet Headbands, we can’t wait to celebrate with our family and friends, in addition to a very tantalizing turkey! And even though that beautiful bird is the star of the show, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some scrumptious seasonal side dishes to complement your turkey. It also wouldn’t be any fun to spend your whole day in the kitchen putting together a bunch of complicated recipes, so we’ve found some fabulous yet simple recipes to add flair to your feast this Turkey Day!

turkey veggie trayTurkey Veggie Tray

Don’t be fooled by the name of this dish! It’s vegetarian-friendly, we promise. Adding fresh veggies as a light alternative to the traditionally heavy Thanksgiving side dishes is a smart idea that can also be eye-catching! Simply arrange some carrots, peppers, and cucumbers in the shape of this fancy-feathered turkey; it’s a picturesque side that’s sure to be gobbled up! For a delicious accompaniment, add your favorite veggie dip.

sweet potato casserole recipeSweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are so good they come close to upstaging the turkey! This easy side dish is a veggie that tastes more like dessert and is easy to make to boot! The list of ingredients couldn’t be any simpler and the preparation is literally “boil, mash, mix, and bake.” Add a little brown sugar, butter and some pecans and you’ll be in sweet potato heaven.

green bean casserole recipeNot Your Classic Green Bean Casserole

If you’re bored with grandma’s green bean casserole (sorry, grandma!), change it up with this simple recipe! Easy additions like corn, cream cheese and mayo breathe new life (and plenty of flavor) into this old standby. Top it with the traditional French-friend onions and you’ll have an all-new family favorite they’ll ask for every year!

apple compote recipeWarm Apple Compote

Are traditional cooked apples a staple at your holiday meal? They take a tasty turn in this compote recipe. Leave the peels on different–colored apples and cook with cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts, and lemon juice for a dish that’s easy, beautiful, and oh-so-delicious! Make sure and serve it warm for maximum yummy factor. And if you have leftovers, heat them up and serve spooned over vanilla ice cream for a dessert that’s as delicious as pie but takes half the time to prepare.

mashed potatoes in a slow cookerSlow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

One of the most trying things about preparing a large holiday meal is getting everything ready to eat at the same darn time. (Am I right?!) Save yourself some stress and create a delicious, crave-worthy, must-have side dish with these slow cooker mashed potatoes. (There may be sour cream involved)! By creating this favorite Thanksgiving side in the slow cooker, you’ll have more time (not to mention stovetop space) to finish the rest of your feast.

Are you salivating yet? These recipes are so easy and delicious you might just need to take them on a test drive before Thanksgiving Day! What are your tried-and-true Thanksgiving side dishes? Leave us a comment and let us know what’s on your holiday menu. Bon appétit!

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