My very large Italian American family has a very large Italian American Thanksgiving every year which includes an antipasti course and a lasagna course so I’ll definitely be making my dad’s famous lasagna at some point over Thanksgiving week, but for dinner on the big day, I want to make a more traditional meal just for fun.
It will include a roasted chicken since neither Anel nor I like turkey, some sides, canned cranberry sauce (my favorite thing on a Thanksgiving table), mashed potatoes, and pies. Or maybe just one pie.
I tested a few sides that I found online and found that these three were my favorites if you’re looking for something with traditional flavors but a modern flair. I hope you enjoy them!
Warm Brussels sprout salad (vegan):
My assistant Nicolette made this a few weeks ago and insisted I try it for this post. It doesn’t look like much but it’s a great alternative to your regular side salad. It’s warm and filling, savory and sweet, and filled with nutrient-dense ingredients.
In my first trimester, I had cravings for loaded baked potatoes every single day so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. Oh. Em. Gee. It’s insane. So decadent and comforting and perfect. This is definitely not the healthiest recipe I’ve ever posted but oh is it worth it! If you can’t eat cow dairy, you can make this with goat cheese and it’s still incredible.
Quinoa-stuffed butternut squash (vegan):
If you’re looking for something both beautiful and tasty to impress, this recipe is for you! It looks like it’s from a restaurant but is pretty easy to make at home.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving sides? Share them below!
Photos by Julia Dags.