Three weeks from today is Thanksgiving. I promised myself that I wouldn’t plan at the last minute. This was to save my sanity because I refuse to shop the day before Thanksgiving unless I absolutely have to do it. The crowd is crazy. I love bringing a new dish to the table so I went searching for my newest addition. Here is some 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing.
The dreaded question, What are you going to bring?
You like me, have probably already heard from your mother-in-law asking what you are going to bring.
When my kids were little, in my head I thought, “oh, you mean besides us, in clean clothes, and praying no one is screaming, crying, or sick.” I would bring 1 thing to the table. Now that we are a family of 8, I bring at least 3 if not 4 things. It takes a lot of food to feed my crew.
My sister and I have talked about Thanksgiving with my family which is usually on Black Friday. We usually spend about an hour hashing it out over Facebook chat.
What is expected in a Thanksgiving dinner?
This is really a ridiculous question. In my blog post call Do Your Own Thing, I go over how others have expectations of everything.
There are certain dishes that are “required” for certain members of the family. Certain dishes have to be used, certain clothes have to be worn, and don’t forget the parade and football games. I know all of those things aren’t food, but for many people, it is the whole package that makes it happen.
When my grandparents were alive we always had to have both ham and turkey. My husband’s family also had both as his Great-Grandma didn’t like turkey. There are salads that his family requires, and you better not forget the deviled eggs. My mother’s dressing is completely different than my mother-in-law’s dressing.
As I said a completely ridiculous question. Do what is best for you and your family. That is the only way to truly have a perfect Thanksgiving.
Typical things I bring
For my in-laws, it is usually just them, my husband’s grandparents and us. I bring broccoli casserole, butternut squash casserole, green beans, “cheesy potatoes”, a dessert, and something new. This is about half of the food, and since my family makes up more than half of the people it is needed. I refuse to burden my mother-in-law with doing all the cooking. We usually have the leftovers for dinner later that day if anyone is still hungry.
Now that my Grandma is gone, it is only my parents and siblings that get together. We need more food and there won’t be much in the way of leftovers. I’m bringing broccoli casserole, butternut squash casserole, dressing, cranberry salad, and a dessert.
10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes- Ebay (a place you’d never expect to find a great recipe)
Cranberry Jello Salad- Cooks (I also add pecans to this recipe, about 1 cup.)
Why these choices?
In my goal to find easy or food you could prep ahead of time, I found not only food that met that requirement but also looked amazing. I know you are extremely busy like I am, but you also want to bring something to the table that you would consider worth sharing.
As I said earlier, I always bring something new to the family table, so this was as much for me as it was for you. I needed some new inspiration. I narrowed it down to the 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing, but you can see the others I found on my Food- Holiday board.
Mama’s when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how nice your table looked, if the turkey was overcooked (isn’t that what gravy is for anyway), if the baby dumped his food all over the floor, or is Grandpa complained that it took to long to cook. The important thing is spending time together.
This will be my second Thanksgiving without my Grandma. This was her favorite holiday. She loved spending time with her family even though it was way too crowded for me. Cherish these moments, because you have no idea when it will be your last.
Even the rubber turkey will be remembered with a laugh. Enjoy!