I absolutely Love Turkey  but I also enjoy the many Thanksgiving side dishes.  Most of us have tried Candied Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Roasted Butternut Squash, various ways to make our Turkey and Gravy and other somewhat traditional side dish recipes for Thanksgiving. For my family’s Thanksgiving we always try to have a few unusual side dishes thanks to my children who love to try new recipes. Here are some different sides that you can be proud to serve. If you try any, please let us know what you and your guests thought ~ we always love to hear from you ~ come over to facebook and let us know.


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Thanksgiving Side Dishes



 submitted by Nancy Burke Barr  
–This recipe has been around since the fifties, but you still can’t beat its versatility and incredible yumminess
1 large package strawberry or raspberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
20 ounces of unsweetened frozen strawberries
1 – 13.5 ounce unsweetened crushed pineapple (Do not use fresh or frozen.)
2 large bananas – diced
1 cup sour cream
 Dissolve Jello in boiling water.
Add berries, stirring until thawed.
Fold in the pineapple and banana.
Pour one-half of the mixture into a glass or crystal container, no larger than 8′ x 8″.
Chill the one-half of the mixture in its serving container until firm.  Do not chill the remaining mixture.
 Gently spoon the sour cream over the chilled Jello mixture.
 Pour the remaining mixture over the top.
 Chill until firm.
The traditional recipe calls for an 8′ x 8″ x 2″ Pyrex dish, but I use a cut-crystal bowl.  The sparkling red salad is absolutely gorgeous in the crystal. You could also make individual servings in wine glasses.
Make sure that the bananas are not overripe, so they don’t get mushy.
You could also sprinkle chopped pecans over the sour cream.
This works well as a filler on your buffet, as a substitute for cranberry sauce if you are not a cranberry fan, or as a fresh light dessert.
The recipe doubles easily and you can make this up to 2 days ahead


We found this interesting Mac’n Cheese Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. My daughter loves anything with mac and cheese and should really love this one! Looks incredible and I can’t wait to try it out ~


We always have Cornbread Stuffing at Thanksgiving. One of my son’s favorite dishes over the holiday, and it’s yummy even for breakfast the following morning. Here is a twist on that from A Spicy PerspectiveCornbread Stuffing Muffins


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Cranberry Salad

submitted by Bobbie Bushey   https://www.facebook.com/GrannysSquare  It’s like eating pink sherbet ice cream with a little texture to it. Delicious!


1 lb fresh cranberries
2 stalks celery
1 large apple
1/2-1 cup walnuts
1 cup marshmallows
1 can drained pineapple chunks


Place all in food processor and grind as fine as you like.
Put into bowl; add 1 cup sugar and 1 12oz container CoolWhip and mix well.
Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


Pumpkin Gnocchi

My son made this for us 2 years ago for Thanksgiving. A bit of work, with lots of flour in the kitchen, but boy was it delicious. Skinny Forks has a Simple Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe to try that just gives you the basics. You can then feel free to make whatever sauce suits your fancy.

The pumpkin Gnocchi that we enjoyed had a brown butter sage sauce on it that was truly delicious. Rachael Ray has a Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe with a brown butter sage sauce that you just might want to try to wow your guests!


We always try to have a soup on Thanksgiving and make it fun each year to try something new. This soup from Cookie and Kate  looks absolutely Yummy ~ I love soup and I love Butternut Squash, what could be better?   Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


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Spinach Gratin from Ina Garten has been a staple for us as one of our Thanksgiving Side Dishes,. It’s one that is a must for us each year.


 Pumpkin Spice Bread

My family  loves the many different Thanksgiving Side Dishes, but this one is a family favorite. My daughter made it for me and I enjoyed it so much I made it a few months after the holiday. Why wait a year for something so delicious? I bake the 2 loaves and freeze one for when I have company.

3 cups of flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2/3 cup canola oil
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
3 eggs, lightly beaten
chocolate chips, raisins, nuts ~ optional (I ALWAYS use the mini chocolate chips in this recipe)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
 Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until blended
Add optional ingredients of your choice
Spoon into 2 (9×5) lightly greased loaf pans
Bake 1 hour
Cool at least 10 minutes, then remove and cool on baking racks
Slice and ENJOY!
I hope we have given you at least one new side dish that you will try this year. Enjoy the Turkey, all the Thanksgiving Side Dishes,the Holiday and most of all your family and friends!
In addition, if you’d like some interesting ways to use your leftover turkey, be sure to check these ideas out!
You can also serve them with these Thanksgiving Side Dishes.