When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about, well food. It’s what I think about almost all the time. Thanksgiving is no different, of course. What is unique about my Thanksgiving, is I don’t really like turkey. I’ll eat sliced turkey in a hero, but I’m not a big fan of chowing down on a big turkey that’s been roasting in the oven. I go for all the delicious sides! My plate just gets loaded up with mini piles of the 7 best Thanksgiving side dishes around!

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7 best Thanksgiving side dishes

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon from Southern LivingIf I’m going to eat Sweet Potatoes, they better have some bacon on them. Everything’s better with bacon. Southern Living understands the bacon concept. Oh man, they understand it better than most! Sweet potatoes are the main show, but the crumbled bacon on top makes this dish beyond amazing. It also doesn’t hurt that it can be made ahead of time, and the fact it can be made in the slow cooker is kind of a big deal! If you’re going to cook all day, make it easier to entertain while cooking. One dish in the slow cooker is one less you have to pay attention to, while your guests are enjoying themselves and you’re in the kitchen.

Balsamic-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips from Southern LivingCarrots can kind of be boring. Normally, I throw carrots into the oven and roast them, because it gives them a great flavor. Instead of just doing carrots, Southern Living has put parsnips into the mix. Parsnips are the perfect accent to carrots. I think the crushed red pepper puts this dish over the top, but if you’re not into a little bit of a kick, leave it out of the ingredients list. 

Buttermilk Biscuits from Cooking ChannelHow can you have a Thanksgiving meal without some buttermilk biscuits? You can’t. Buttermilk biscuits have to be made with cold shortening, cut into cubes, or cold butter cut into cubes. It’s the secret to making them flaky and fabulous. Completely love the simple recipe from Cooking Channel. Even I can make these without issues.

Best Green Bean Casserole from allrecipesI’m not big on the green beans, either. However, I can’t resist a green bean casserole covered in french fried onions and lots of cheese! Isn’t that how everyone gets their kids to eat everything? Load it up with cheesy gooey goodness? Am I the only one doing this trick……dang, world’s worst parent, I guess!

Brussels Sprouts in a Sherry Bacon Cream Sauce from allrecipesNormally, I won’t touch brussels sprouts. Once again, bacon makes it all better! Plus, there’s sherry involved in a cream sauce. What’s not to love? You know, besides the brussels sprouts themselves. 

Truffled Cheese Mash from Cooking ChannelMashed potatoes are a favorite of mine. Totally okay with boring, plain mashed potatoes. However, I would never say no to truffled mash potatoes. Seriously, I’m a truffle junkie. I’d have that on everything if I was a millionaire.  It’s the only way I’d be able to afford to have it on everything. Truffles aren’t cheap, my friends, but the flavor……..I could get lost in a bowl full of truffles freshly dug up from those little pigs in Italy. Bring.It.On.

Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing from Food NetworkFinally, you’ve got to have stuffing. Tyler Florence ‘s stuffing recipe is the bomb. The only thing that might put this over the top is a little bacon, or hey, some truffles. My favorite part is the caramelized onions!!!! 

Now I’m counting the days for Thanksgiving dinner. How many days left do we have? Too many! What’s your favorite side dish for Thanksgiving? Share in the comments below! However, don’t forget to check out my fellow Chosen Chix and what they’re sharing about Thanksgiving:

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