12 Creative Thanksgiving Sides

Creative Thanskgiving sides roundup includes this Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter

Well, Thanksgiving day is almost here! Do you have your menu 100% locked in? Or do you plan like me…you think about your menu for a big dinner for weeks, have it basically set but are tweaking right up until the company arrives. If you’re looking for one more idea (or maybe a few more!) to put on the table Thursday, today we bring you 12 Creative Thanksgiving Sides.

I feature more entrees than side dishes here on Cooking Chat, so I thought I’d tap some of my fellow bloggers from Food Blogger Pro and Sunday Supper to share with you. The result is a great lineup of creative Thanksgiving sides that can add some tasty variety to your table.

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout. Shared for Creative Thanksgiving Sides roundup

photo courtesy of http://simplerootswellness.com/

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberry Sauce from Simple Roots Wellness. Sure, three ingredients in this dish are often found on the Thanksgiving Table. But combining it all in a salad with cranberry sauce definitely qualifies as creative!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Pomegranate  Keeping on the brussels sprouts theme, they get roasted here along with some butternut squash and super-healthy pomegranate for another creative Thanksgiving side. This one from Foodie Tots.

Blue Crab Dressing I correctly figured that Elizabeth from Three Beans on a String had to be from Maryland, featuring blue crab in her Thanksgiving dressing. But this recipe could be inspiration to anyone looking to mix it up for this year’s menu!

Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter Probably a good time to add one of my favorites from here at Cooking Chat! This flavorful sweet potato dish was originally created to go with pork tenderloin, but I recently found it goes well with turkey, too, as shown in the photo at the top of the post. By the way, if you’re still looking for a turkey recipe, my Roasted Turkey with Garlic Herb Butter is quite tasty!

Butternut Squash Wild Rice Pilaf I saw this post title first from Curious Cuisiniere, and thought, “Hmm…this is something different–and tasty looking!”. Then I saw Jennifer from Peanut Butter & Peppers had also put these ingredients in her Butternut Squash Wild Rice. I don’t think of rice on Thanksgiving, but it looks great in the recipes these two bloggers have shared!

Cornbread Stuffing from Noshing with the Nolands looks tasty and easy–great features in a dish as the big day approaches!

Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream from Platings & Pairings is a great looking dish of potatoes! Mashed potatoes is probably my favorite Thanksgiving sides, but haven’t tried it with sour cream, might need to.

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs from Shockingly Delicious. Putting the slow cooker to use sounds like a great way to manage all the Thanksgiving prep work, and you can’t go wrong with mashing potatoes with garlic and herbs!

Roasted Pumpkin, Pesto, Corn and Polenta Lover’s Bites from What’s on the List? sure looks like it would pack plenty of flavor!

Savory Butternut Squash Crumble from the Texan New Yorker sure sounds like a winner! I hadn’t heard of a savory crumble that can be served with the main course, but sounds like a great idea. Better yet, it can be assembled ahead of time and heated up in time for the meal.

Simple Cranberry Sauce from Amee’s Savory Dish gets “cleaned up” with wholesome ingredients. So it’s good for you, and doesn’t take much more effort than opening that canned cranberry sauce.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples get cooked with gorgonzola and spiced butter and topped with an oat-pepita crumble. Yum! From the Wimpy Vegetarian.



  1. says

    Thanks for including our blue crab dressing in your Thanksgiving recipes round up. I really enjoyed browsing some of the other recipes too. The sweet potatoes with cumin sage butter sound amazing!

    • Cooking Chat says

      Thanks Elizabeth! The dressing sounds great, I like the way it builds on what is local to you. (and yes, the cumin sage butter is pretty tasty!).

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