Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Zora Hesselberth, Writer

          When November comes around the first thing that comes to mind is Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to hang out with friends and family. The first food we think of is probably a turkey but that is not all we have. Today I am going to share some yummy side dishes that you can cook up to show off to your family!

          The three side dishes I am going to share are mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce.


Mashed potatoes: Serves 4 people

2 pounds baking potatoes peeled and quartered

2 Tbs butter

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain. In a small saucepan add butter and milk and bring over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher, or electric mixer slowly beat milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Cranberry sauce: Makes 2 ¼ cups

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Place cranberries into a colander and rinse, pick out and discard any bruised or damaged berries. Add water and sugar into a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries to the pot and bring back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until most of the cranberries have burst. Some people like adding raisins or currants, or even blueberries for added sweetness. You can also add holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. If adding spices, start with a pinch of each and add more to your taste. Add these in if you are one of those people. Bring off heat and let cool completely until room temperature then store it in the fridge, note sauce will thicken as it cools.


Green bean casserole: Serves 6 people

1 can of mushroom soup

½ cup milk

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 dash black pepper

4 cups cooked cut green beans

1 ⅓ cups French’s French Fried Onions

Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans, and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling.  Stir the bean mixture.  Sprinkle with the remaining onions. Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown. Put on a cooling rack and cool to the wanted temperature.

Enjoy all of these yummy recipes and try them this holiday season!