Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Easy and Inexpensive Ideas

November 16, 2009 by Kenmore

These side dishes are simple to prepare and easy on your wallet. You can add any of them to your Thanksgiving menu for less than $15… and each feeds eight people!

Cranberry sauce – $10

  • Boil whole cranberries in water and sugar for 10 minutes.
  • Add orange zest and a touch of Grand Marnier.
  • Serve warm.

Potato casserole – $12

  • Heat cream and butter on stove until hot.
  • Stir in frozen hash browns for two minutes or until thawed.
  • Place in casserole dish, top with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees until potatoes are hot and crust is golden brown.

Sauteed spinach – $10

  • Sauté frozen spinach in olive oil.
  • Add currants and pine nuts.

Smoked salmon platter – $15

  • Buy smoked salmon, cream cheese, a mini pumpernickel loaf, shallots and capers.
  • Mince the shallots.
  • Arrange all items on a platter and let guests help themselves.

Acorn squash – $10

  • Roast cubed squash with maple syrup and butter.

Pureed parsnips – $6

  • Boil cubed parsnips in chicken stock.
  • Puree with liquid and butter in food processor.

Roasted carrots and shallots – $8

  • Drizzle sliced carrots and shallots with balsamic vinegar.
  • Place in oven and roast until done.

Pearl onions – $8

  • Boil onions in water and remove skins.
  • Drain, and stir in one cup of cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Roasted butternut squash – $12

  • Scoop out squash flesh with melon baller.
  • Toss with melted butter and roast at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  • Toss with additional butter, maple syrup and crushed gingersnaps.

Steamed carrots – $6

  • Boil water and add allspice berries, cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  • Steam carrots in the water.
  • Reduce orange juice and chicken stock together to form a sauce and toss with carrots.

Beyond the food
Beyond Thanksgiving dinner itself, there are essential details to creating the Thanksgiving mood.

  • A fire in the fireplace
  • Mulled apple cider or hot chocolate
  • Seasonal table decorations
  • Good music
  • Cards, games and an after-dinner walk

What are your favorite side dishes? Are you planning to try something new, or will you stick with your family classics?


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