4 Easy last-minute Thanksgiving side dishes
The turkey is the main attraction, sure! But, side dishes? They complete your Thanksgiving meal. From fresh green beans to cranberry sauce to root vegetables, they also add vibrant colors to the your plate of mashed potatoes and turkey.
Whether you’re hosting a feast or asked to bring a dish to Thanksgiving, here are 4 last-minute side dishes that will complement your turkey.
Creamy green bean casserole topped with crispy fried onions is definitely a regular at the Thanksgiving table. But, one cup of those gussied-up greens can be 300 calories, which rivals the calorie count in pumpkin pie. Want to serve up a healthy option, too? Steam your beans, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on them, toss in olive oil and top with slivered almonds. The almonds give your beans that same crunch — but for a lot fewer calories.
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If you’re bringing an appetizer or serving one before the “main event,” crostini is one of our fave ways to fake gourmet cooking skills. The toasted bread with toppings look like they’re straight out of the kitchen of a 5-star restaurant. Truth be told, you can make crostinis in under 10 minutes. Use slices of toasted bread or crackers and top with savory combos like goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, blue cheese and fig; cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Honey glazed carrots:
Love the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes? A good veggie alternative that will satiate your sweet tooth are honey-glazed carrots. One of our favorite tricks for whipping up this side dish in a jiffy is to use a bag of baby carrots. In a large skillet, melt three tablespoons of butter and add in a bag of baby carrots, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. The carrots will be tender in about 10 to 15 minutes. To add another dimension of flavor, garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme or dill.
Butter-herb glaze for rolls:
Dress up your dinner rolls! It’s easy and takes store-bought rolls to the next level. Brush them with melted butter before heating them in the oven and top with chopped parsley and garlic powder or a combo of rosemary, oregano and garlic salt.