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Potluck Thanksgiving--advice on what side dish to bring?

Sarah W-R | Nov 24, 200405:44 AM

We're having a somewhat impromptu potluck Thanksgiving with several other couples, some houndish and some not. I've been asked to bring a dessert (which I've got sorted out) and a side dish, for which I have carte blanche and am somewhat overwhelmed by possibilities. I was wondering if some hounds would look at the list of what side dishes others have committed to and tell me what would supplement them well.

I'm not sure how any of these will be prepared.

Salad of romaine hearts with mint-marjoram vinaigrette
Mashed white potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Stuffing (no idea what kind, probably bready)
Cranberry relish
Crescent rolls

These will be accompanying a traditional roasted turkey.

It looks like it needs to be something vegetal, not starchy, since there are plenty of potatoes. Do you think brussels sprouts? Braised celery? Roasted beets? Would turnips, parsnips, carrots, or other rooty things also be too heavy? Green beans are probably out because asparagus fulfills the "long thin green things" category.

We always had creamed pearl onions when I was a kid--neither green nor light, but traditional. Does that have general appeal, or do you think "ick"?


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