Pin-spiration For Thanksgiving: Delicious Side Dish Ideas

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, incredible food! But let’s face it, the turkey can sometimes steal the show. This year, why not turn some heads with a selection of show-stopping side dishes that are as delicious as they are photogenic?

This guide is packed with fantastic Thanksgiving side dish ideas, complete with easy-to-follow instructions, nutritional information, and all the inspiration you need to create a Pinterest-worthy spread.

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Glorious Grains

  • Cranberry Walnut Wild Rice Pilaf: This festive pilaf is bursting with flavor and texture. The fluffy wild rice pairs perfectly with tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. For a vegetarian twist, swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.
  • Ingredients:

    2 cups wild rice

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Rinse the wild rice thoroughly in cold water.
    2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in the rinsed wild rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed.
    4. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the cranberries, walnuts, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories: 350, Fat: 12g, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 8g

  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic: This classic side dish gets a gourmet upgrade with roasted garlic. The roasted garlic adds a deep, earthy flavor that takes mashed potatoes to the next level.
  • Ingredients:

    5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh chives (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. Place the unpeeled garlic cloves on a small baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, or until softened and golden brown.
    3. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
    4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. While hot, squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and add them to the potatoes.
    5. Using a hand mixer or potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth. Gradually add the milk and butter, beating until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Garnish with chopped fresh chives before serving (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories: 300, Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 5g

    Delightful Vegetables

  • Honey Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: This sweet and savory dish is sure to become a new Thanksgiving favorite. The Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection and then coated in a sticky honey glaze with crispy bacon crumbles.
  • Ingredients:

    1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    3. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are tender and slightly browned.
    4. While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
    5. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard.