Thanksgiving is a time to gather with your family and friends and express gratitude. The Artful Foods Catering team is thankful for our clients for choosing to share their most important moments with us and for giving us the opportunity to help make their celebrations come full circle with warm, artfully displayed foods and welcoming service. As with every holiday, there are an overwhelming amount of foods to choose from, especially when it comes to side dishes. That is why we are sharing our favorite sides to complete your Thanksgiving feast.
1) SWEET POTATO CORNBREAD
Cornbread is considered the bread of the South. If you are a fan of cornbread, you will love sweet potato cornbread. The downfall? You might become addicted to it! Although the sweet potato adds a sweetness aspect to the cornbread, it still remains just as savory as traditional all-cornmeal recipes. Serve with butter or honey and a side of greens or spicy chili to balance the flavors of the dish.
2) BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH QUINOA, SPINACH AND DRIED CRANBERRIES
Preparing a holiday meal for your family and friends can be difficult when your guests have various diet restrictions. Butternut squash with quinoa, spinach and dried cranberries is a great alternative side loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants for your vegan or gluten-free guests. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also delicious. Even if you are not on a vegan or gluten-free diet, you will keep coming back for seconds.
3) HONEY GLAZED CARROTS
Honey glazed carrots may easily be mistaken for dessert at your Thanksgiving festivities. This vegetarian-friendly recipe is simple yet exquisite. Simply place the carrots in a saucepan with water, bring it to a boil, and add salt. Once the carrots are tender, drain them, put them back in the pan, and add butter, honey and lemon juice. Cook until glazed, garnish with parsley, and serve warm!
4) TRUFFLED CHEESE MASH
Truffles and mashed potatoes are an all-American side dish with a French flair! Once you taste the creaminess of the mashed potatoes paired with the complexity of the truffles, you will never want to go back to traditional mashed potatoes again. I suggest using real truffles. However, you can use truffle oil for a cheaper alternative. Enjoy this side dish on Thanksgiving as well as the days to follow. The leftovers are just as delectable!
5) CRANBERRY SAUCE
Cranberry sauce is a staple at every Thanksgiving feast, and nothing beats homemade cranberry sauce. Add cranberries, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and a cinnamon stick to a saucepan. You can replace the refined sugar with honey for a healthier option. Stir and heat it. Once the cranberries pop, let the sauce completely cool. It will thicken up during the cooling process. Depending on your preference of its texture, you can add water for a thinner sauce.
6) ARTICHOKE GRATINATA
Featuring artichoke hearts, artichoke gratinata is a savory side that can easily be turned into a meal by tossing it with pasta. Au gratin is a French style of cooking, in which breadcrumbs and butter are placed on top of a casserole and browned under the broiler. If you want to try this cooking technique, now is the time! It will give the artichoke hearts more texture and a nice crunch.
7) THANKSGIVING STUFFING
Complete your Thanksgiving dinner with a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving stuffing. The classic stuffing includes sage, thyme, onions, celery, and stale white bread. Turn it up a notch by preparing pear-pecan stuffing made with bourbon-cooked pears and crunchy pecans. The classic fall flavors will explode in your mouth and leave your guests stuffed and satisfied this Thanksgiving holiday.