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Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas (and a Chili Preview)

November 18, 2012
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Who spends their weekend before Thanksgiving slaving over a hot stove all day long? Me, of course! I know that I have a lot of cooking ahead of me in the next few days but I still decided to spend all day making chili and cornbread anyway. I’ve never made homemade chili before… no wait, I have once but it wasn’t that memorable. My friends and I are having a chili cook-off in a few weeks so I have to get ready!

Beef chili

The recipe I am making is a mix between a recipe for vegetarian chili from Cooks Illustrated magazine and a few other beef chili recipes I ran across here and there. I have a feeling it will be good! I will post the recipe next week!

In the mean time, I wanted to share with you what I am making this year for Thanksgiving. My mom and I are sharing cooking responsibilities this year and she is handling the Turkey, potatoes and desserts. I will be providing a few side dishes and appetizers. If you are still looking for a few recipe ideas for Thanksgiving, I hope my list below can help inspire you!

Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Dates

These are probably the best things in the entire world. You will WOW your family. All it takes is dried dates, cheese and some bacon.

bacon wrapped dates

Bread: Irish Soda Bread

This isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving  bread recipe but I wanted to make it because it’s so good! It’s also a lot healthier than normal white bread rolls because it’s made with wheat four and flax.

Salad: Cucumber Artichoke Salad

This is an easy, throw-together salad that I like to pawn off on others who want to help. Ask someone to cut up the veggies, mix them with the dressing and it’s done!

Side dish: Chicken Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

I hated stuffing my entire life. I made this recipe two years ago and it changed my mind. (I guess I hated the Stove Top, plain boxed kind). This is pretty darn good and the family loves it.

chicken sausage apple cranberry leek celery stuffing

Side dish: Zucchini and Goat Cheese Rolls

This is one of my first recipes on this blog. This year for Thanksgiving I will add in some diced sun-dried tomatoes.

Side dish: Pomegranate Glazed Carrots

This isn’t one of my own recipes, I ran across it on a blog called  “Inspired Taste”. It looks really yummy.

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