3 quick and easy sides for Thanksgiving dinner

02 Nov 3 quick and easy sides for Thanksgiving dinner

Have you recovered from Halloween yet? The (possibly sugar-induced) rush might still be going strong, but you’ve got another holiday looming on the horizon: Thanksgiving. The biggest meal of the year is only three weeks away, and that means plenty of planning and cooking ahead of you. Luckily, we’ve put together a few recipe ideas to help you make this the best Thanksgiving yet.

This is a 3-part series, each blog focusing on unique recipes for each part portion of your Thanksgiving meal. This part of the series offers great ideas for delicious side dishes that all your family and friends will love. So pack up all your spooky decorations and send Mr. J. Lantern to the trash; it’s time to get cooking.  

Roasted Lemon Parmesan Green Beans

“Roasted green beans with a touch of lemon and parmesan that goes great with any meal!”

yield: SERVES 4
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 17 MINUTES
total time: 27 MINUTES


1 lb. green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice from 1/2 large lemon
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place green beans on a large baking sheet. For easier clean up you can line the baking sheet with foil.
  2. Drizzle the green beans with olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss. Place pan in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the green beans. Toss with a spatula and return to the oven. Cook for an additional 7 minutes or until beans are tender, but still crisp and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Original recipe: Roasted Lemon Parmesan Green Beans


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

“Easy-to-make, melt in your mouth mashed potatoes.  Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner”

yield: SERVES 8
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
total time: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES


5 lbs. red potatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 cubes chicken bullion
1 (8oz) package sour cream
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the potatoes, garlic, and bouillon until potatoes are tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving water. In a bowl, mash potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, adding reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.
  2. Transfer the potato mixture to a slow cooker, cover, and cook on Low for 2 to 3 hours. Just before serving, stir in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Original recipe: Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes


The Best Yeast Rolls Recipe

“Rolls that are light, airy and kissed with sweetness; a classic you’ll come back to again and again.”

yield: 32 rolls
prep time: 20 MINUTES
rise time: 1-2 HOURS
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES


4 ¼ – 5 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole milk
¾ cups unsalted butter
⅔ cup honey, divided
1 package dry active yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons salt

  1. Pour milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until it comes to a simmer to scald the milk, then immediately remove. Add 1/4 cup butter to the milk, stirring until the butter melts. (This starts cooling the milk.) Then stir in 1/3 cup honey. Pour the milk into the bowl of an electric mixer, test with your finger for temperature. The milk needs to be just luke-warm before proceeding, so it doesn’t kill the yeast. When the milk mixture is barely over room temperature, sprinkle the yeast over the top. Swirl the bowl a couple times, then let the yeast sit and foam for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Once the yeast looks foamy, add in eggs and salt. Then place a bread hook on your mixer and turn on low. Slowly add the flour until the dough comes away from the sides into a ball, but is still sticky. Only add 4 1/4 cups of flour, unless extra is needed to make the dough pull away from the sides. Once the dough pulls away from the bowl, stop the mixer – Do not over-mix. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours, until it is double in size.
  3. Punch the dough down and cut into 32 equal pieces with a floured knife. Then gently roll into balls, or roll into short ropes and tie into knots. (Or make bunnies! See photos above.) Place the yeast rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and cover with lightly dampened tea towels or paper towels. Allow the rolls to rise a second time for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter and whisk with 1/3 cup honey. Once the rolls have risen the second time, remove the towels and gently brush each roll with honey butter. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Wait five minutes before serving.

Original recipe: Honey Yeast Rolls

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