Incredible Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is approaching, and whether you’re cooking for just your immediate family or a whole herd, there are some great side dishes you should consider. Check out these incredible Thanksgiving side dishes that are sure to make shutterstock_157931963everyone’s mouth water.

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

This unique twist on cranberry sauce is sure to delight. You’ll need:

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

To start, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, combine the cranberry juice, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the apples and cook for another 5 minutes or until the apples are tender. Stir occasionally.

Next, put 8 ounces of the cooked liquid in a bowl and combine with cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the rest of the liquid, stirring constantly. Cook for another 5 minutes and then refrigerate for 30 minutes and remove the cinnamon sticks before serving.

Slow-Cooker Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

For these creamy and delicious mashed potatoes, you’ll need a slow cooker. The ingredients are:

  • 5 pounds medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1  tablespoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ to 2  cups warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons sliced chives

Combine the potatoes, butter, salt and pepper in the slow cooker. Add one cup of water and cook on high for about 4 hours (potatoes should be tender).

Add the sour cream and 1 ½ cups of milk and mash the potatoes until creamy. Use an additional ½ cup milk if necessary to smooth out potatoes. Add chives and serve.

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

These soft and flavorful carrots are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast. You’ll need:

  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 pounds carrots

First, combine the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar and mustard in a medium bowl and whisk. Slowly add in the olive oil as you whisk continuously. The vinaigrette should be smooth and thickened. Stir in the chopped dill, lemon zest and salt.

In a medium pot, add 2 inches of water and a collapsible steamer basket insert. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Add the carrots to the steamer basket and cook, covered, for about 8 minutes. Carrots should be tender. Toss carrots with dressing and serve.

Having new and delicious meals to try at Thanksgiving is exciting. Delight your family and friends with these amazing side dishes.

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