I recently came across an article that showed the most popular turkey day side dish by state. The standard fare dominated: Mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberries, etc. The map was a clever way to show holiday food trends, and a nice change of pace from the voting maps we've obsessively stared at. (I also saw a map that showed where it's legal to have a pet kangaroo…)
As far as Thanksgiving is concerned, there's got to be more than mashed potatoes and green beans and stuffing! Yes, I am that person who likes to indulge in something different, and I know I'm not alone. So, without further ado, here are some unique and flavorful alternatives to try alongside your turkey this year (or ham or chicken or pork, if that's your thing).
Coconut Creamed Greens. Earthy and hardy, the cooling coconut milk paired with hot chile make this a surprising contrast of flavors.
Old-School Squash Casserole. Buttery and rich, this Southern staple is kicked up a notch with seldom-used yellow squash and creamy sauce.
Vegan Pumpkin Basil Pinwheels. These super-cute and quick snacks are a real crowd-pleaser, and…pumpkin.
Frisée Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. If you're looking for a lighter option, this scrumptious salad incorporates perfectly poached eggs and a sweet and savory dressing.
Sea Island Crab Fried Rice. This coastal take on holiday fare pairs sweet crabmeat with rick, bacon and sauteed vegetables.
Rosemary Quinoa Mac and Cheese. Break tradition with this alternative dish packed with protein and a cauliflower-based sauce.
Mashed Ginger Carrots. A touch of ginger paste and butter transforms boiled carrots into a fragrant and vibrant sub for mashed potatoes.
Seared Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme. A savory side that can stand alone, the magic of mushrooms is awakened with this simple recipe.
Many of us have honed our cooking skills during this crazy year, so it's time to be bold. Try something new, and bon appétit!