Easy Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving

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If you have ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal, you understand the pressure that can be accompanied with preparing food for a lot of hungry mouths and high expectations.  If you have not ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal, chances are you can still empathize with the host and imagine the pressure they are under.


To lessen the burden on your host, it is a great idea to offer to bring a side dish.  Your host may have a specific request for a dish or say, “anything is fine!” and leave you hoping that you aren’t the third person to bring stuffing.  Thankfully, there are a large variety of unique Thanksgiving side dishes that you can whip up and bring with you to Thanksgiving dinner.


Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole: This dish is as easy to make as it is delicious.  The preparation only takes 15 minutes and a few ingredients.  Then, it needs to cook for about 40 minutes in the oven.  This green bean casserole will let you feel healthy for eating a vegetable, but is still delicious.  Check out the recipe at:


Gluten Free Cornbread: Although it isn’t Thanksgiving without the cornbread, it is important to take into consideration dietary restrictions, whether they are yours or somebody else’s.  With this gluten free cornbread recipe, you will still get all the satisfaction of delicious cornbread and the comfort of knowing everyone can enjoy it.  This dish is very easy to prep, taking only about 5 minutes.  It will then need approximately 20-30 minutes in the oven before it is ready.  For the recipe, check out this link:

Twice Baked Potato Casserole: The most important rule of Thanksgiving is that there can never be too many potatoes.  With this twist on mashed potatoes, the other guests at the table will be oohing and aahing over your outstanding culinary prowess.  This dish is not much more challenging than either of the first two dishes; it is very doable for an amateur in the kitchen.  The preparation only takes 15 minutes before the dish cooks for 1 hour and 10 minutes in a 400-degree oven.  To access the recipe, look here:


Rosemary Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms:  This dish will wear many hats around the Thanksgiving dinner table.  It can easily be brought and eaten as an appetizer or served as a side dish around the main table.  It is both gluten-free and vegan, which makes it a great choice for anyone with dietary restrictions.  The preparation isn’t too intensive with only a few simple ingredients and an estimated prep time of about 20 minutes.  These are sure to be a big hit!


If none of these dishes suit your fancy, or if you have a specific dish in mind, a quick google search will bring up thousands of recipes for you to use.  And, if you have a side dish that you always can count on to be a big hit, leave it in the comments for the other readers!

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