Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, so I’m planning now because I refuse to shop the day before Thanksgiving unless I have to do it.
If you are looking for something new to bring to the table, here is some 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing.
The dreaded question, What are you going to bring?
If you are like me, you have probably already heard from your family 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 one thing to the table.
Now that we are a family of 9, I bring at least three if not four 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 spend about an hour hashing it out over Facebook chat.
What is expected at a Thanksgiving dinner?
It is a ridiculous question. In my blog post call Do Your Own Thing, I go over how others have expectations of everything.
Some family members “require” certain dishes.
Beautiful plates placed on the table, Sunday best 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 different than my mother-in-law’s stuffing, and we love both.
As I said a completely ridiculous question. Do what is best for you and your family. That is the only way you will 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. With 12 children eating we will need more food than when I was little.
I’m bringing broccoli casserole, butternut squash casserole, dressing, cranberry salad, and a dessert.
10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing
Each of these recipes comes with their special twist on traditional dishes.
I know it may sound silly to mess with tradition, and to some, it may be offensive, but you never know what the new must eat the legendary item.
I brought broccoli casserole, which is my family’s favorite to my in-laws.
My husband’s aunt brought the cranberry salad, which is now loved by my family as well.
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 quick food you could prep ahead of time, I found not only food that met that requirement but also looked delicious.
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.
Mama’s when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how fabulous 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 third Thanksgiving without my Grandma. It 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.
If you are wondering what to do with all of those leftovers hop on over to 17 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas, many of our favorites are there.
Everyone laughs when remembering the rubber turkey. Enjoy!