Sprucing up the sides

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which is the time of year when turkey takes center stage, or shall we say center table? With the turkey being the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner, it’s easy to let the side dishes fall to the wayside or get stuck using the same sides year after year.

While the common side dishes are always appreciated, such as mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, it can be a nice change to try something new, especially since these sides tend to boost the flavor and appeal of the turkey.

If you are willing to change things up, here are a few suggestions that might help get you out of the rut of conventional sides.

Roasted Brussel sprouts are a vegetable that can be a nice alternative to the basic veggies. They are especially yummy if sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, crumbled bacon and tossed with dried cranberries.

Switching up the mashed potatoes is something to think about too. For example, simply adding pesto or a variety of spices to the potatoes can be just enough to give it something a little extra that your guests won’t be expecting.

Choosing a side dish that isn’t typically found at the Thanksgiving table is another idea to consider when planning your menu. For example, macaroni and cheese or a creamy risotto could add an unexpected flavor to pair with the turkey.

With such a variety of recipes and foods the possibility of side dishes is endless. Thinking outside of the box can be fun and who knows, you might end up with a dish that is requested for years to come.