Killer Sides to Wow Your Guests
Turkeys may get a lot of attention (and rightfully so), but sides can make — or break — a Thanksgiving meal. There are certain dishes that are mandatory (mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, we’re looking at you) and others that aren’t essential but will definitely raise your table cred if done right. Like it or not, side dishes are tied to expectations, so we’re making it easy for you this holiday. After all, sides can be the star of the show!
Holiday Turkey Gravy
You know that deeply flavorful gravy you can’t help but drizzle on turkey, potatoes, rolls, veggies … yeah, this is the one. It’s whisked and simmered with white wine and thyme, and it’ll become BFFs with nearly everything on your plate.
Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pepitas
Crunchy, savory and a hint of sweetness — all in one bite. We perfectly roast Brussels sprouts until they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, then toss them with spiced pumpkin seeds and a touch of maple syrup. Vegan.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Imagine russet potatoes, butter, milk and cream, mashed to rich, satisfying perfection — perhaps a mashed potato nirvana. Hungry, yet?
Traditional Herb Stuffing
Don’t confuse traditional with boring. Sautéed celery, onions and herbs, tossed with bread cubes and baked into a savory-soft, flavorful must. Warning: This will disappear fast. Order two if you want leftovers. And you will want leftovers.
Creamed Spinach and Kale
We updated a classic by pairing chopped tender spinach with hearty kale and simmering them in cream, parmesan and garlic for a gotta-eat-it-now addition to your plate.
Green Beans with Crispy Garlic and Parsley
Green beans: the unsung hero of holiday meals. They’re fresh, delicious and add balance (and something green!) to a plate of rich foods. Ours are blanched crisp-tender and dressed with lightly sautéed garlic and parsley. Vegan.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Sage
These are slightly sweet and a little nutty. Roasted butternut squash is a mainstay of the season, and here it’s dressed up for the holidays with fresh sage and dried cranberries. Vegan.
Cranberry Orange Sauce
We cook plump, tangy cranberries with ginger, orange juice and orange peel for a sweet, tart, utterly sublime side. Tip: Serve leftovers with a creamy Brie and toasted slices of bread or stir into your morning oatmeal. Vegan.
Plan ahead: All sides are packed cold and may need reheating.