A Parade of Side Dishes

Here comes the parade of our Thanksgiving side dishes.  Thanksgiving dinner isn’t all about Turkey.  Although the bird maybe the star of the show, it is the side dishes that make the meal. These are family favorites, not reserved for just Thanksgiving.  From time to time I can try to sneak in a new recipe, sometimes that is well received and other times well….

Green Beans with Bacon

Green Beans with Bacon


Green Beans with Bacon must make an appearance.  My helpers will be glad to know that I am not using fresh green beans this year.  It took so long to clean and snap the beans last year that I decided then and there to go with organic frozen green beans from Costco.

Green Beans with Bacon


Glazed Carrots 006 AA year round favorite of ours that must grace our holiday table are glazed carrots. Truth, any carrot is welcome on our table.  These are easy, can be prepped ahead of time and are so fresh and delicious.

Honey and Lemon Glazed Carrots

Cranberry Apple Sauce




Thanksgiving would not be complete without cranberry sauce.  We have tried a lot of different cranberry sauce recipes but this one wins hands down.  Even the little kids in our family love this!

Cranberry Applesauce with Apricots


Parsnips and carrots


I think parsnips are the worlds most under appreciated vegetable.  This combination of  parsnips and carrots goes well with almost any meal.  Parsnips look like white carrots, blended together they are a match made in heaven.

Parsnips and Carrots



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Of course we have mashed potatoes too!  There are a couple of secrets to making really good mashed potatoes and that begins with not over mixing them.  The best video / recipe I have seen on this subject is Chef John’s Perfect Mashed potatoes.



Gravy serving


What would mashed potatoes be without the gravy?  In case you missed it, I did a whole post just on gravy.  Let’s Talk Gravy!




Tip's Turkey Dressing

Tip’s Turkey Dressing


Of course there is the stuffing / dressing. It deserved it’s own post too!  I moved out of the box (stuffing box) and tried Marianne’s stuffing.  It is a keeper!
Turkey Herb Dressing
If you are going to stuff the bird go for Marianne’s recipe for “Tip’s Turkey Dressing”


I am starting to get hungry!  How about you?


About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


A Parade of Side Dishes — 8 Comments

  1. Hi there BN! Wonderful blog, and the timing is perfect for me. Normally I spend days and days perusing recipes for Thanksgiving, but this year I have no time to make decisions. All of these dishes look and sound perfect, so….I am making all of them!! Thank you, my planning took 10 minutes including making my shopping list. This year my turkey is a local, fresh turkey and I must decide “to brine, or not to brine”. Any thoughts?

  2. Your photos are amazing. I love how you focus on just a few things at a time so that one doesn’t go crazy trying to get it all in! Thanks for showcasing Tip’s Dressing. I’m making it tomorrow, and I’ll try your little tweaks to it for half of it. And I’ll not have to worry about the veggie side dishes because someone else is taking care of that. I will have to look more carefully at your cranberry sauce, however. That looks stunning! Thanks for a beautiful post.

    • Hi Marianne – thanks so much for stopping in! Tip’s Dressing is awesome! It fit the bill perfectly! I made it for clients with apple, sausage, onion and dried cranberries. They loved it! Let me know if you have any questions regarding the Cranberry sauce – it is a hit with the kids as well as the adults!

  3. Baking Nana, canned peas would not get past my front door. Can’t stand them. If I can’t find fresh I use frozen. Your stuffing looks amazing.

  4. Love your photos Baking Nana, I never thought about putting parsnips and carrots together. I usually roast the parsnips, food for thought.
    The one dish that is a must have for us are my peas and mushrooms. I like your beans and bacon idea, I just might have to make it at Christmas.

    • Hi manella! Roasted parsnips are wonderful! Love them. Mashed with carrots are great! The green beans with bacon will make an appearance at Christmas for sure! NB Papa doesn’t eat mushrooms (silly man) but I would love those. (I hope they aren’t made with canned peas though – I just can’t like canned peas.)