Savory Side Dishes: Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast

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As a wife and mom who’s been creating Thanksgiving feasts for many years, I know that the secret to a memorable holiday meal lies in the savory side dishes. While the turkey may steal the spotlight, it’s the delectable sides that complete the culinary masterpiece. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of savory side dishes that will elevate your Thanksgiving feast to a whole new level of deliciousness. So, put on your apron and prepare for a culinary journey that will leave your guests begging for seconds.

Savory Side Dishes

1. The Creamy Mashed Potatoes:

Let’s start with a classic, shall we? Creamy mashed potatoes are like the cozy, comforting slippers of your Thanksgiving meal. Whipped to perfection with butter, cream, and a dash of love, these spuds are a must-have side.

2. Sassy Stuffing:

Every family has its own stuffing recipe, passed down through generations. Whether you’re stuffing it into the turkey or serving it as a separate dish, this savory, seasoned delight is a Thanksgiving essential.

3. Glorious Gravy:

Gravy, the liquid gold of Thanksgiving, is the versatile side dish that can turn even the driest turkey into a succulent sensation. It’s the smooth operator that ties the entire meal together.

4. Cranberry Creativity:

Cranberry sauce is where creativity shines. You can go classic with whole-berry sauce or experiment with unique flavors like orange zest or Grand Marnier. The sweet-tart balance adds a burst of brightness to your plate.

5. Roasted Delights:

Roasted vegetables are the unsung heroes of Thanksgiving. From Brussels sprouts to carrots and butternut squash, these roasted delights bring a burst of flavor and a touch of elegance to your feast.

Savory Side Dishes

Now, here’s the humorous twist in our culinary tale. Imagine you’re the chef of a high-stakes cooking show, and your family is the panel of judges. As you present your Thanksgiving side dishes, there may be a critique or two. Perhaps someone finds the mashed potatoes a tad too creamy, or Aunt Mildred insists her stuffing recipe is superior.

But here’s the secret ingredient: Thanksgiving is about more than just the food; it’s about the love and laughter shared around the table. So, when faced with a culinary critique, remember to dish out a serving of humor and a pinch of patience. After all, a little laughter can turn a potential kitchen catastrophe into a family feast to remember.

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Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing

Indulge in a culinary symphony with our "Herb-Infused Elegance: Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing." This beloved dish is a dance of flavors, featuring the richness of butter and the aromatic allure of fresh herbs. Close the holiday meal on a savory note with this Buttery Thanksgiving Stuffing, a timeless recipe that transforms the humble into the extraordinary. Let the herb-infused aroma linger, enchanting your guests with the culinary masterpiece they've just experienced. Served as a side or dressing, it promises to elevate your Thanksgiving feast to a new level of sophistication.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Thanksgiving
Servings 12
Calories 320 kcal


  • 18 to 24 oz Bread cubes, preferably toasted or stale
  • cup Unsalted butter
  • cups Diced sweet onion (about 2 large onions)
  • cups Diced celery
  • 6 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tbsp Fresh rosemary chopped
  • 3 tbsp Ffresh sage chopped
  • cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 eggs, large
  • mixture of fresh herbs for sprinkling
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste


  • Bread Cubes Preparation: Choose your preferred method for preparing the bread cubes. Whether overnight for a stale texture, toasting in the oven, or purchasing pre-toasted cubes, the choice is yours. Experiment with different bread types for added texture.
  • Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a 9×13 baking dish (or a larger alternative) with melted butter, olive oil, or nonstick spray. Place the bread in a large mixing bowl or directly in the baking dish.
  • Vegetable and Herb Infusion: In a large skillet or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and garlic with salt and pepper. Sauté until softened (8 to 10 minutes). Stir in sage, parsley, and rosemary, cooking for an additional minute. Add 1 cup of stock, mixing well.
  • Combine Ingredients: Pour the onion-celery mixture over the bread crumbs, tossing thoroughly to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups stock and 2 eggs. Pour this mixture over the bread cubes, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  • Baking Magic: Bake the stuffing for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. If the top is browning too quickly, tent it with foil.
  • Make-Ahead Option: This stuffing can be made a day ahead and reheated. Remove it from the fridge 60 minutes before reheating. It can also be used as a flavorful stuffing for the bird.


Nutrition Facts:
  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 520mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
Serving Adjustments:
  • For 4 people: Halve the recipe and bake in an 8×8 or 9×9 inch dish for the same duration.
  • For 12 to 18 people: Double the recipe exactly, using a large baking dish or two 9×13 baking dishes. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
Keyword Herb Stuffing, Buttery, Holiday Dish, Thanksgiving Side
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13 thoughts on “Savory Side Dishes: Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast

  1. I’m not cooking Thanksgiving this year. My son will be with his dad and it will just be me with the animals. I’ll have to get some microwave food or something from the store to eat though.

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