Even though a big roasted bird is the centerpiece (and in my family, a ham too), the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner for many of us are the sides. I always make dressing (always cornbread/andouille, sometimes oyster too), cranberry sauce, some sort of green beans (usually either quickly sauteed, or slow cooked with a ham hock) and macaroni and cheese, and I frequently like to do homemade rolls, if I have time (this year I might try these from the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/din... ) and then after that, there are always some changes every year. A few questions:
No one in my family particularly likes mashed potatoes, so I try different potato dishes every year; I've experimented with a few different potato gratin recipes, and none of them have thrilled me, so this year I'm looking for a new potato dish (regular or sweet) -- any good ideas?
I have never made, had, or even seen in real life a green bean casserole, but my sister expressed some interest in it this year, so I was thinking of attempting something like this recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10888 any feedback? Has anyone else done a fresh version of this dish? I'd actually prefer to do some roasted brussels sprouts instead of (or even in addition to) the green beans, but I'm the only one who loves brussels -- I might try shredded, and sauteed with bacon instead, to see if they would be more into them, we'll see.
This recipe for roasted butternut squash gratin sounds like an interesting take: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... does anyone have any suggestions for any fun takes on squash?
What are you all having along side the turkey? What are your family favorites?