OT: Thanksgiving Sides

There have been some epic discussions and debates on the website, this one however may take the cake (or pie, if you're one of those people). Let's talk about Thanksgiving sides. What's your favorite side, what's your least favorite side, are you there for the turkey or the trimmings, and what won't you put gravy on?



Can't stand cranberry sauce.

I like roasted brussels sprouts with bacon.

Roasted brussels sprouts...sounds like a case of phantom sh*t to me.

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The classic Italian version of this dish is with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, balsamic vinegar and topped with parmesan.

I make the more rustic American version with bacon and a bit of brown sugar.

If you roast bitter vegs, many times the bitterness leaves and you have a nice strong tasting veg. Now add bacon. It is so good my 8 and 4 year old daughter ask for this dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

And you can do lots of stuff with this too. add dried cranberries, toasted walnut, roasted garlic.

You can do this dish in the oven with just about anything else that roasts at 400 degF. Put in my potatoes and garlic to roast at the same time.

Now the question is do they actually eat the brussel sprouts, or do they just eat what looks to be equal portions of bacon in that dish and call it a good effort....

No, they eat the Brussels sprouts. They leave the bacon. Says it hurts their gums.
They like pan roasted broccoli too, with sauted mushrooms.

Sounds like some guys here have never had properly cooked vegetables.
Roasted veg can be really good.

Here's a good one. Roast the sprouts cut in 1/2 with olive oil and coarse kosher salt and black pepper. Eat them like olives with a good martini. Real nice.

No, they eat the Brussels sprouts. They leave the bacon. Says it hurts their gums.


They are getting in teeth. The bacon gets in the gaps.
If you don't have kids already, you'll find out.

Haha, touche

That said:


Well this thread went right into a loluva dumpster.

Year 3 is coming up!

Completely agree, especially in regards to Brussels Sprouts. If they are steamed - which a lot of people do because it is easy [microwave] - the cabbage taste and aroma is VERY strong and unappetizing. However, if you properly roast/braise the sprouts, they lose that flavor and have a great, rustic flavor. Adding the bacon puts it over the top, because everything is better with bacon.

Yep - not a fan of cranberry sauce - I don't understand it.

Favorite - the rolls or biscuits. Mom does them up right!

green bean casserole ftw!

Dont like cranberry sauce


Like : Braised brussels sprouts with bacon and a little red onion (as mentioned above). No contest.

Dislike : Cranberry "Sauce" that is really chutney. Too tart.

Cranberry Sauce [that I will eat - guilty pleasure] should look like this, and it should have the ridges gosh darnit:

forget you guys, i friggin love cranberry sauce haha.

gimmee extra helpings of stuffing, green beans wrapped in bacon, buttered rolls, and baked mac n cheese. and then there's the pies, oh lord the pies, pumpkin, apple, lemon meringue (drools a little).

the day after thanksgiving my mom always makes cream turkey. i look forward to that almost as much as the main meal.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Right? What is all this cranberry sauce rejection nonsense?!??

My mom makes turkey salad... Im getting hungry just thinking about it.


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Carrots with a little bit of brown sugar on them are always fantastic

Oh yes. I do a dish that's carrots in butter and brown sugar, roasted at a low heat in the oven for a long time.

I celebrate them all.

I like it ALL. I've never met a Thanksgiving meal that I didn't like from the green bean casserole all the way down to the fruitcake that somebody banged on the table for no real reason. I'll eat that shit too.

As far as gravy...I don't put gravy on gravy. Everything else is fair game.

Leonard. Duh.

Amen brother (or sister). I'd even put gravy on gravy, if no one was watching.

Thursday can't come soon enough!

Love: everything
Gravy: on everything
Obesity rate: high

Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and my mom's onion-dill yeast rolls. Yum.

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Sweet potatoes with the brown sugar and nuts on top. I could probably just eat that for Thanksgiving.

Whadya mean I can't take off my sweater? I'm HOT!

Mashed sweet potatoes, swirled with brown sugar, cooked and then in the final minutes topped with marshmallows to give a slightly crunchy marshmallow top....

Marshmallows huh? Sounds amazing. I'll have to give that a try.

Whadya mean I can't take off my sweater? I'm HOT!

Well, lets see. Besides Hokie 12:00 games Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only other days I start off with a Bourbon and a splash of water. So once that is complete I help my wife with the last minute prep work. It's the least I could do since she's been cooking for the last day and a half. Her turkey is the BEST, besides of course when I decide to fry one as well. She puts hers in a pan of water and keeps it the oven over night, comes out the most tender, moist thing you can put in your mouth (food wise ;). So I love that, and butter beans, and white acre peas, and rice, and ham, and deviled eggs, and broccoli casserole, and green beans and pecan (pronounced Pee-can not pic-con) pie. I loathe cranberry sauce, and stuffing, and dressing.

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The GF likes baking pies (WIN) and this year she is going to attempt to bake pies with house sigils from Game of Thrones on the crust. Something like this:
I'm really excited about this...though my parents will be mostly confused.

In other news: I make a really mean broccoli/Gouda casserole. Love stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, any fresh veggies in casserole form (nothing from a can please) oh and...


Yes to Gravy....I think I could drown in gravy and die happy

Carbs carbs carbs carbs carbs carbs to the tune of shots shots shots shots shots shots

Gravy Shots?

The Dude Abides

I dared my buddy to do a shot of gravy a couple of years ago. He then did a shot of gravy because he loves gravy.

This was in dare form? I'd do this for pleasure.

I wish someone would dare me to do something I loved.

"I dare you to eat this bacon."

"Oh, ok. I mean, I was going to anyway..."

The local beer brewing club met last Saturday.

Everybody brings a dish like a church social.
I brought bacon; 3 different kinds, regular, applewood smoked, and pepper.

Served it as full strips stood up in pint glasses. 3 Pints-O-bacon. Like this

Pint of bacon

3 lb of bacon lasted all of 10 minutes.

For my buddy's bachelor party, we went to my uncle's lake house. We brought 6 pounds of bacon and figured we would have extra afterward.

Nope...we had to go on a grocery store run (15 miles) to get more.

Yup. I figured some things out so, pint o bacon will be a tailgate staple next year.

Simple, but genius. I'm stealing this idea. My tacky sweater Christmas party attendees thank you.

Here's the trick.
I baked them in the oven on a baking sheet, 2 layers of paper towels with the bacon on top.
start at 350 until most of the fat is rendered and they look close to done. Bump up the temp to 375-400 for a few minutes to crisp up.

Pull the baking sheet from the oven and let sit for about 3-4 minutes, the bacon will get stiff enough to pick up and transfer to a clean paper towel.
Repeat as often as necessary.

There are 2 difficulties, too greasy and broken.
This method solves both problems as they can be then served cold without being too greasy on the fingers and tasting too greasy.
Easier to bundle the bacon o the paper towel and carefully insert all at one time. If you try loading them 1x1, it's a pain and they tend to break.

If you are going to a party, you can keep them laid out flat an separated in groups with paper towels. I found a tupperwear container just longer than the strips and put all 3 lb in separate layers in the towels. No broken bacon!

Forgot something. Turn them once or twice just as they start to curl and they will stay straighter.

rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie

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Initially taking a bite of everything is the way to go. Make sure you get each of the flavors before the inevitable gravy pool swallows everything and mixes it all together. The turkey and mac and cheese, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, with the roll for mop up duty.

Also, as far as turkey goes #TeamWhiteMeat


Beat GT

Mac 'n cheese! Sweet potato pie FTW!

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I usually like sweet potatoes with a few sides of sweet potatoes, and then after I'm done eating my sweet potatoes I'll usually go back and get some sweet potatoes.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Gravy on all things not sweet.

Mac & Cheese with gravy is one of the single greatest things on this earth.

Also, I'm going to try making this on Thursday:

Sweet Potato Cake with Molasses Buttercream


Bold move.


One of these days, I want to try a Fried Turkey.

Pecan Pie, Turkey, Ham, stuffing, and green beans with bacon are my favs.

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Yes, you do. Right now wouldn't be soon enough. Just make sure the Turkey is completely thawed out before submerging it in all that hot peanut oil.

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Those frozen turkeys, they'll get after ya!

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Tech better come out Saturday like frozen turkeys being put in a deep fryer!

Stuffing (Stove Top Chicken flavored), Sweet Potatoes on Sweet Potatoes, I guess green beans too to make sure I eat something green.


Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing and Green bean casserole. Turkey on a soft roll with gravy.
Thursday is my only day off this week and I'm going to two dinners. Going to be hurting on friday, but it will be worth it.

Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.
Betty Crocker cookbook stuffing.
Shredded green beans with almonds.
Brown sugar coated sweet potatoes.

Not sure if its a side dish but I made this last year with Turkey leftovers in the center:

Instead of BBQ sauce, I used a maple syrup/brown sugar glaze with a New Orleans spice rub

This was about the best thing I have ever made EVER

I concur, I made this for Father's Day a few years ago and it is absolutely the best thing I've ever made as well. Turkey Leg for you good sir!

From my family's thanks giving:

Pros: Mashed potatoes, potato casserole, brussel sprouts with bacon, gravy, cranberry sauce (I can't believe so many of you don't like cranberry sauce. Although, cranberry sauce with chunks of cranberry in it is evil.), and green bean casserole.

Cons: Yams, squash, sweet potato and turkey. If you avoid the turkey, you can fill up on more sides and not pass the eff out quite as fast, and the sides are the best part of Thanksgiving.

the scientific term for this condition is "the itis". The recommended treatment for the itis is to fall asleep on the couch (or in a lay-z-boy chair) watching football.

Wiley, Brown, Russell, Drakeford, Gray, Banks, Prioleau, Charleton, Midget, Bird, McCadam, Pile, Hall, Green, Fuller, Williams, Hamilton, Rouse, Flowers, Harris, Chancellor, Carmichael, Hosley, Fuller, Exum, Jarrett

I am going to continue to stay away from the extremely high levels of Tryptophan in turkey just like I don't get too close to the edge of the Earth so I don't fall off.

Whole berry cranberry FTW

I didn't even know they made it in this size until I searched for a picture.


I bought three regular sized whole berry cranberry sauce cans for my Thanksgiving. Related: I live alone and plan on eating it all by myself.

Cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, #ALLOFTHEGRAVY!! Im saying dont even bother spooning it on your pate. Pick up the damn pot and just pour it on. If you can still see the bottom of the plate, you're doing it wrong. Finish off with a slice of pumpkin pie lathered in cool whip and a slice of apple pie with a huge scoop of ice cream on top. TEAM PIE FTW

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

No cool whip. Homemade whipped cream.
Cool Whip. I'm almost ashamed. We'll have non of that premade stuff in my house.

*Hangs head* Im sorry...

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Look, regardless of where you stand....several hours after the meal, after you wake up, a turkey sandwich with mayo and Texas Pete will get the Fvchk after ya!

Fortune Favors the Bold

Replace the mayo with ranch and the texas pete with franks red hot and Im on board.


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The actual thanksgiving meal is all just an excuse for the real star of the show: Day After Thanksgiving Leftover Pumpkin/Pecan Pie for Breakfast Friday

My wife tells the story about Thanksgiving at her old school Italian immigrant grandparents- they did usual full American thanksgiving meal then for good measure the full Italian Sunday dinner (antipasta, pasta, entrees...). One year her mom agreed to go to the full dinner at both sets of grandparents. She got off easy she was a girl but her brothers damn near died. Decades later they still give their mom rashers of shit about this.

I had to read this twice before I understood it completely...but here, have a leg anyway

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Cranberry sauce is made with real cranberries, not a can dammit. Boil cranberries and add sugar, its not that hard.
Sweet potatoes are best in a casserole, but hold the friggin' marshmallows. Regular mashed potatoes are delicious. Green bean casserole with french fried onions on top (is there another way). Homemade bread is awesome in place of generic rolls. Corn pudding is the tits. STUFFING STUFFING STUFFING STUFFING
Gravy goes on everything.

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Has anyone else had oyster stuffing? Suprisingly (to some) delicious. Like, really, really, good.

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My Grandma lived up on the MD Eastern Shore of the Bay.
She'd make that from fresh oysters for chicken and turkey.
I would never eat the bird, I went for that oyster.
It was fantastic.

not a classic, but my brother's MIL makes this ground-sausage stuffed croissant roll thing for an appetizer...it's like sausage-balls only awesomer. I seriously eat so many beforehand I can barely scarf down anything at the actual dinner.

My dad does homemade mashed potatoes, that are just absolutely delicious. I could eat a pound of them and not think twice. My mom does a Mac and Cheese dish with 4 different types of cheeses and a pint of sugar.... its also out of this world, Its hard to describe but I can barely eat any other type of Mac and Cheese now. Stuffing, baked beans and bacon , and Pretzel and Jello salad are nice as well.
Can't forget Homemade rolls the size of softballs, covered in butter..........

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I am an odd duck when it comes to Thanksgiving. Throughout my teens, Thanksgiving week meant spending the week in a hunting camp in Craig County, VA. On Thanksgiving night, we would come out of the mountains and go to my aunt's house in Thaxton (near Bedford.) My Uncle Michael and Tia Carol were wonderful cooks, but a bit too gourmet with Thanksgiving. I loved the dark meat turkey, roasted potatoes, and cranberry sauce (LOVE IT) but for the most part, I didn't eat that much.

The reason? My real Thanksgiving was always the next night back in camp. My Uncle Tracy, who passed away about a month ago, would get out his cast iron and cook a feast. He would fry pork chops and potatoes in the cast iron, with a side of creamed corn, green beans, French-family coleslaw, and apple sauce cake for desert. We would sit around the stove, talk about hunting, and he would just chuckle listening to what a dumb kid I was. I would get so stuffed that the next day in the tree stand was always an adventure. A couple of years, we came out of the woods around 4:00PM the next day and listen to the VT vs UVA game on an AM radio. (That is how I listened to Jermaine Holmes catch to beat UVA in 5.) I looked forward to that meal more than any other as a kid, and I will miss it terribly this week. Thank you Uncle Tracy for the good memories.

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I don't usually comment but got caught up here, that's not uncle Tracy, French, but it is Uncle Jessee, where is the Bow?
And whole berry cranberry sauce really? Usually I am all in for genuine, but mine better have ridg. es and say Ocean Spray. So much so, I pack my own damn can and bring it so nobody can pull thier culinary surprise on me. It fits right next to whatever beer I bring cause yeah, I am a shot there too.

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And Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with your thanksgiving, that's a tradition you need to pass along for Uncle Tracy. Sometimes its hard to find real tradition today. We have almost made it politically incorrect, or we get tired of the same old to fast. I hated peeling apples on wednesday night for apple pies my dad would make, but when he died, I make my kids do it now.

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Dag nabbit Joe you beat me to the punch on making this thread, I was gonna wait until Tuesday night to make it but I was gonna name it OT: Non Traditional Thanksgiving Sides.

For the past couple years I have made Buffalo Chicken Dip with Tortilla chips for dipping and it tends to go fast so I always get 1st dibs. I will also be making Chex Muddy Buddy Mix, last year I made a batch and put it in the fridge the night before and then forgot to take it to Grandmas house the next day. I also bought a mixed nut tray thats a first timer so Im curious about how much will be consumed.

For the traditional sides its all about the stuffing, mashed potatoes, homemade mac&cheese all with gravy. A must have for me is the potato rolls. Ya take one of those potato rolls cut it open and put some of that buffalo chicken dip in it and just tear that $hit up!

And after all this cranberry sauce talk I think Im gonna have to try some this year I have not tried it since I was a kid and I did not like it back then just like I didn't like Homemade Mac&cheese back in the day but I love it now.


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UVAs ass....with a side of mashed 'taters

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

UVA ass? Now that's one thing I wouldn't waist gravy on.

Some dive. I go steep and deep.

My family has a tradition, that's not a traditional side, but something we look forward to every Thanksgiving...breaded fried cauliflower. Two whole heads of cauliflowers can be made up this way, and it will be the only side dish that DOESN'T have leftovers.



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Sweet potato casserole. Brown sugar, a little cinnamon, some chopped pecans, and the secret ingredient- pineapple.


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Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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made the mistake of looking at this thread again before eating lunch...

Genius move on my part.

Clearing off the table and we noticed this:

Once again,

If you don't like cranberry sauce, I don't thinkI can trust you. (2017 version)

You make it, l'll enjoy it. You slop it out of a can or jar, and you can keep it.

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