Thanksgiving side dishes get overlooked! But I’ve got a couple that might just take center stage! I’m participating in this fun progressive dinner where you’ll find everything from decor to dessert!
So…now to my contribution! The sides!
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? It might be that dish you loved most as a child or maybe something your Gramma made. That’s why I love Cranberry Relish…. I’m going to start by saying my actual favorite side dish is the dressing. But next to the dressing it’s the cranberry relish! We never really ate that canned shaped cranberry sauce, Mama made this yummy pineapple-cranberry relish. Ya know that tantalizing blend of flavors between the turkey, the dressing and the cranberry sauce …yum.
***if you’ve been hanging out with me for awhile, you know I have Celiac Disease…both of these side dishes are Gluten Free Naturally***
This recipe is from Southern Living and takes only a few ingredients…
Then a few minutes simmering …
And all the sweetness of oranges and pineapple marry the tartness of the fresh cranberries and those toasted pecans give such an amazing depth of flavor.
*12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
*1 can crushed pineapple (20 oz)
*1/2 navel orange – cut into small pieces
*orange zest from the whole orange
*3/4 cup sugar
*3/4 cup walnuts or pecans – chopped & TOASTED
*1 teaspoon lemon juice
Drain pineapple juices into measuring cup- put 3/4 cup pineapple juice into medium pot.
Add cranberries, sugar, orange zest (lightly grate the orange peel into the pot), small pieces of the orange, pineapple and walnuts .
Stir while bringing to a boil.Cook over medium high heat until all of the berries are popped and mixture is thickened.
Cool and serve with turkey & dressing!
And just ’cause I love you, I’m going to give you my other favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe…fried corn! For years the #1 Google search coming into my blog was FRIED CORN RECIPE! Have you ever made this? I know that you really need a green side dish on Thanksgiving peeps, because turkey, dressing and gravy are very blond foods and add corn to that mix and your plate looks down-right anemic! But here’s the thing…I’ve never met a green bean I like. Not roasted. Not wrapped in bacon. Not smothered in mushroom soup and covered with those crispy onion things…Just. Don’t. Like. Green beans.
But I loves me some fried corn! (Recipe below!)
12 ears fresh corn (I like white corn…you can use 2 – 10 oz. bags of frozen corn)
8 – 10 slices of bacon
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 -1 teaspoon ground pepper
*Cut corn from cob…set aside
*Cook bacon until crispy…(use large skillet). Reserve 2- 3 tablespoons of bacon drippings.
*Crumble or chop bacon into little pieces.
*Cook corn, butter , salt and pepper in bacon drippings over med. heat for app. 20 minutes or until corn is a bit brown. Stir often.
*Stir in bacon pieces. You can serve immediately or even put into a baking dish and heat in the oven for 15-20 minutes right before serving. (Works a little better to make and serve immediately!)
So tell me, what’s your favorite side dish!!!???
Now, visit the following blogs for the rest of your dinner! 🙂
Table Decor and Ideas –
Main Dishes –
Side Dishes –
Parting Gifts –