From the article: Seven Favorite Holiday Side Dishes
Whether it's something as basic as sweet potatoes with marshmallows or as unusual as Mushroom Bisque we all have our favorite holiday side dishes. What are yours?
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
- I have always despised the cranberry sauce in a can, so last year, I made a simple sauce using fresh cranberries. My family was skeptical about it, but this year they've already requested me to make it again this year for Thanksgiving!
- —Connie G.
We do things a bit different
- now that DH can't eat sugar. No mini marshmallows or jello. I love Mrs. Cubbisons' stuffing mix, we always make Waldorf salad (minus said marshmallows), carrot sticks and olives (they were so expensive we only had them on holidays as a kid), fresh, homemade rolls and sugar free pumpkin pie.
- —Guest Jen
You can't go wrong
- You really can't go wrong with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy... But real, not-from-a-can cranberry sauce is lovely, too.
- —Guest Kallie
- We are very traditional with our holiday cooking. I do the turkey and dressing with giblet gravy, and my guests bring the sides. My daughter has acquired quite a following for her sweet potato casserole with pecans.
- —Guest SusanAdcox
Depends on the holiday, and the location
- I have different favorites that depend on the occasion and location. At my mother-in-law's house for the traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast, I'm all about the stuffed clams. At my mom's, it's the mashed potatoes with mozzarella. For turkey events, my wife makes an outstanding stuffing, and my mother-in-law makes a Lebanese-style dressing with meat, rice and pine nuts that can't be beat. (And in general, I'm a sucker for whole-berry cranberry sauce.)
Favorite or Unfavorite?
- On my mom's side of the family, we have a long-standing tradition of eating cherry Coke salad, which is cherry Jell-o made with Coca-Cola. It also contains crushed pineapple, pecans, canned cherries, and chunks of cream cheese. Half the family loves it, and half hates it, so every year we have to get into a debate about whether it's delicious or disgusting!
Favorite Side Dish
- Probably what I serve as favorite main dish is considered by many to be a side dish, Chhole a spicy curried chickpeas stew. this is usally served with rice or roti or deepfried poori or pitoori, either of these last two are favorites in our family one is a flat bread and the other a raised flatbread if that makes sense meaning it can be made with leavening or yeast. Cranberry sauce is awesome served with this combination to give it a traditional American twist!
- I love the usual sides, but our family has a tradition for as long as I can remember of my mother's homemade German saurkraut with ground sausage. She passed away a little over two years ago and I make it now to remember and feel closer to her.
Don't have one
- I have to confess I don't have a favorite holiday side dish, but then my wife and I fix something different for each holiday so no traditional dishes.
- —Guest earthandhearth