Tried and True Turkey Day Sides

Is your menu for Thanksgiving dinner complete?  If you’re missing something important, here’s help.

Tried and True Turkey Day Sides

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Does gravy intimidate you?  It does me, especially when it involves making a rue.  But the best gravies start with a rue.  Here’s a fool-proof recipe that I’ll make the day before Thanksgiving – so on the big day, I can be  c a l m, cool, and collected.

CenterCutCook has the Perfect Turkey Gravy Recipe.


Don’t you hate it when you’re in the final stretch of dinner prep, and everything that needs to be cooked or heated won’t fit into the oven?  The turkey takes most of the space!  Why not spread your sides to other appliances?  These Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes look soooo good!

Sweet Potato Orange Sauce & Bacon - Photographer: Alison Miksch; Prop Stylist: Buffy Hargett-Miller; Food Stylist: Erin Merhar

As an alternative to the classic sweet potato casserole, this Loaded Potato Casserole looks amazing!

Loaded Potato Casserole Recipe

Spunky Daughter has already put her vote in for a traditional at our house, The Best Green Been Casserole by The Novice Chef.


How about make-ahead Cranberry Congealed Salad as a replacement for the cranberry sauce in a can?  With its 5-star rating, I will definitely be making this salad this year!


A couple of years ago I made this delicious corn casserole by Linda Evans (yes, the long-bangs woman!), and I’m thinking of making it again.  Even with cornbread in the dressing, another corn dish is completely fine in my book!

Baked Corn Casserole

From “Vegetable Bounty Dinner” Post

For green peas, why not make this Green Pea Salad with Cheese?  This has been a long-standing recipe in many households – not necessarily for Thanksgiving, but why not?

Green Pea Salad

Did the sight of any of these side dishes release a saliva flood from your taste buds?  Which one(s)?




  1. says

    Everything looks divine Kim! I think making a roux has a bad reputation, it’s really easy~ however, even though I can make a killer bechamêl sauce, I stink at gravy 🙂 My son & I are going rogue this year and waving tradition to try non traditional recipes. I love seeing what everyone’s favorties and traditions are, so interesting! I want to try Linda Evans corn recipe, she doesn’t look like she can cook 😉 and you can’t beat green bean casserole, I’m off to check that out~
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    • says

      Thanks, Jenna! I need to make dressing this week so I can write a blog post about it. It’s my grandmother’s recipe and a long-time family favorite. That’s a sure tradition here! I’m looking forward to seeing what you and your son come up with for your menu! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you. There are a few on this list I’ll add to my menu this year to go alongside our traditional favorites. 🙂