Now that we've enjoyed all of our Halloween activities and eaten our share of Halloween candy, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, but I think we shortchange it a bit in our race to Christmas. In an attempt to be deliberate about enjoying each part of this holiday season, I put together 10 of my favorite side dishes, appropriate for the Thanksgiving table.
- Spicy Sour Cream Hash Browns - This particular recipe has been a family favorite for many years, and makes its way to just about every family holiday meal.
- Roasted Ranch Root Vegetables - Looking for a way to get your kids to eat any vegetable that isn't covered in ranch dressing? Try this recipe - it has the flavor of ranch but lets the sweet natural flavor of the vegetables shine through.
- Grilled Artichokes with Herb Aioli - Break out the grill for this artichoke recipe. Before trying this recipe, I'd never had artichokes with anything besides butter. Glad I decided to broaden my range.
- Coconut Pineapple Rice - Simple to make, with loads of tropical flavor.
- Rosemary and Thyme Shortbread - These are fantastic. Salty and sweet, herbaceous and buttery, with a hint of pepper. And the smell that fills your house as they are baking is out of this world!
- Fresh Corn Salad - This is the perfect combination of sweet and salty and spicy from the corn and cheese and jalapenos. Yum!
- Spicy Corn and Pepper Casserole - I love corn (could eat it every single day) and I love peppers (ditto). And this casserole brings those flavors together in a wonderful, creamy, spicy combination that is out of this world. Give it a whirl!
- Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette - Oh my, are these tasty. Crisp and hot with lovely herb-y lemon flavor.
- Sweet and Spicy Cornbread - This is wonderful hot from the over, with butter and honey. Perhaps habanero honey if you're looking for a bit of extra oomph!
- Italian Rice Balls - Serve with your favorite marinara sauce, and enjoy the delicious, melty insides and the crispy outside!
Which ones do you think would be delicious on your Thanksgiving table?