Thanksgiving is coming and I am sure that you have started preparations for it. It is one of the holidays that gathers families and friends around the table for a nice and delicious dinner. So, what better way to express how thankful we are than having a lot of special dishes to share with the people we love? And since the main course is taken by the turkey, we have decided to how you some interesting ideas for side dishes. Here are the most interesting side-dish recipes for Thanksgiving!
#1 Bacon and asparagus rolls
This dish does not only look great, but it tastes the same, so your guests will be thrilled to try it, and who knows, they may also ask you for the recipe. The recipe is for 8 servings, so if you have more guests, double the ingredients. Here it is the recipe:
3 bunches of asparagus, which need to be washed and trimmed (it is about 1 ½ pounds)
1 pound sliced bacon
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced rosemary
3 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
Before you begin, you need to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Get a container and put the asparagus there. Then sprinkle it with the olive oil, the rosemary. Add the garlic and the salt and pepper. Mix them well. You may use a spoon or your hands as well, just to make sure that all the ingredients are spread equally.
Then separate the asparagus spears into 3 or 4 piles. Then get the bacon slices and wrap them around the asparagus. While wrapping, make sure that the bacon is placed a bit to the side and not horizontally. This way it would be even more nice-looking.
Then all you have to do is put the asparaguses and bacon in a tray and roast them for about 20-25 minutes, but you should still watch as the color of the bacon is turning red. When it has a nice goldish/red-ish kind of color, then it is ready.
You can serve it with potato salad or steamed vegetables. Fast and easy to make.
#2 Stuffed squash
If the first recipe was fast and easy to make, the second cannot boost with this, but the end result will be amazing, not just the way it looks, but also the taste. Here is how to make this interesting stuffed squash recipe.
4 small acorn squash, they weight about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds each
½ pound pork
1 ½ cups boiled rice, you can also use roasted one if you prefer
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
½ cup pine nuts
1 package (or 10 once) spinach. You can use frozen one. Make sure it is washed and completely thawed.
Salt and pepper
The first thing you need to do again is to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Then wash the squashes and cut off the top of each, as if you are about to make a Jack-o’-lantern. Then use a spoon to scoop the seeds of the squash and to make room for the other ingredients. Then cut the butter into 4 equal parts and put each one in the cavity of the squashes.
Get a tray where you will be roasting the squash and line it with some baking paper. Put the squashes there and set it aside for now.
Now boil the pork for a couple of minutes, make sure you do not leave it too long.
And then mixin a pan with the olive oil, the celery, the carrots, and the onion. Cook the ingredients for about 7-10 minutes, just to make them soft. Finally add the wine.
Now, while stirring, add the pork again in the pan, with the rice, pine nuts, spinach, salt and pepper. Mix everything for 2-3 minutes. Then remove from the heat.
Divide the mixture equally in the 4 squashes. Then put the lids of the squashes back, and roast them for about an hour, until squash is tender.