Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Try This Year

Planning to host Thanksgiving in your apartment home this year? You’ll need delicious side dishes to complement the main dish. The recipes we share here are flavorful and sure to be crowd-pleasers. Take a look at our favorite side dishes to start planning the menu for the big day:

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, and cream cheese adds rich flavor and creaminess to this classic dish. Like traditional mashed potatoes, you’ll need about three pounds of russet potatoes, butter, milk, and salt and pepper with the addition of an 8-ounce block of softened cream cheese. After boiling the peeled and cubed potatoes until soft, you’ll add the cream cheese and combine with a potato masher. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the butter and milk until well-combined. Then, pour the mixture over the potatoes and stir. Season with salt, pepper, and chives as desired.

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Bake

Looking for a delicious way to add veggies to the table? This cheesy Brussels sprouts bake is the perfect solution. You’ll begin by cooking five slices of bacon over medium heat in an oven-safe skillet until crispy. Drain onto a paper towel, then chop and set aside. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat, and cook seasoned shallots and Brussels sprouts until tender. Remove the pan from heat and drizzle with heavy cream, then add the cheeses and bacon. Finally, pop the skillet into the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Lemon-Maple Squash

This lemon-maple squash recipe is simple yet satisfying. You’ll need four pounds of seeded butternut squash sliced into thick wedges, then place them cut-side up in a baking dish. Next, create a glaze with ⅓ cup of maple syrup, ⅓ cup water, the juice and zest of one lemon, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the squash and add four dollops of butter. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes and flip the squash. Allow to bake for another 25 minutes, basting halfway through. 

Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Casseroles are a quick and easy side dish option that most guests enjoy. This savory cheesy mushroom and broccoli casserole is packed with veggies and a generous serving of cheddar and Monterey cheeses. First, butter the casserole dish and melt three tablespoons of butter in a large pot. Add flour to make a roux, then add in mushrooms, onion, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, heavy cream, and chicken stock. Next, pour in the broccoli and rice and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheese, then bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is golden (about 20 minutes).

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to wow your guests with a show-stopping new side dish recipe. If you love to cook and you’re on the search for a new apartment home, contact us for a tour of our beautiful community. Each of our floor plans features a spacious kitchen so preparing meals will be a joy. We’re even home to a community garden so you can grow and harvest your own veggies. Interested in learning more about availability? Please contact our leasing team. 

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