Andre(w)’s 5 Likes: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and many families will soon be having their big Thanksgiving dinner (or not because there’s a pandemic). Traditionally Thanksgiving dinners have always been a Turkey and usually the same side dishes. Though Turkey is the main food of the holiday, the side dishes have always been equally as important to me, so that is why I will be ranking my 5 favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.


  1. Stuffing

Some time between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD, a Roman chef named “Apicius” created a cookbook titled, “De re Coquinaria.” In the book there were recipes for stuffed chicken, rabbit, and pig. The Ingredients included Vegetables, Herbs, Nuts, and liver. This may be the first account of Stuffing. Stuffing is a mixture of bread, vegetables, and seasonings usually served as a side dish on Thanksgiving. The name stuffing comes from the way the dish is usually prepared by being stuffed inside the Turkey. Though it isn’t always made that way, many people make it in a separate dish and call it “dressing” but whatever you call it or how you prepare it Stuffing will always be a staple side dish of Thanksgiving. 


  1. Green bean Casserole 

Green Bean Casserole is a casserole made up of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions. The recipe was created in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company. The delicious combination of creamy mushroom soup, snappy green beans, and crunchy fried onions is perfection. It was estimated that 20 million American families made green bean casserole for Thanksgiving last year, according to Campbell’s. 





3: Pie

Pie might count as a dessert rather than a side dish but I decided to put it on this list because pie is one of those dishes that everyone expects to be on the table on Thanksgiving day. Pie is a very diverse dish with many different flavor variations and because of this there might even be multiple pies at your Thanksgiving dinner. Whether it’s pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, or maybe even apple pie I always look forward to there being a pie on the table Thanksgiving day.



2: Mashed potatoes 

Potatoes are a very diverse food that comes in many forms. French fries, hash browns, tater tots, chips, potato skins, baked potatoes, potato soup and more but the best potato dish by far is Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes are a dish of mashing boiled potatoes, usually with added milk, butter, salt and pepper. It is generally served as a side dish on Thanksgiving day. Absolutely one of the most iconic Thanksgiving dishes. There’s literally no way to go wrong with mashed potatoes 


1: Macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese, also called mac ‘n’ cheese or sometimes even just “Mac” is a dish made up of cooked elbow pasta and a cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar. Or the even more superior baked macaroni and cheese which is more like a casserole fashioned with bread crumbs on top. Mac and cheese is the one dish I always look forward to every Thanksgiving. Though there is no known origin of the dish, many speculated it originated in southern Italy in the 13th century.  The cookbook “Liber de coquina”, which is written in Latin,  has a recipe titled “de lasanis” which might be the first “macaroni and cheese” recipe. It was pasta similar to lasagne sheets made from fermented dough cut into two-inch squares that were cooked in water and tossed with grated cheese. The dish was popularized in the US when Kraft released boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937. Macaroni and cheese will always be my favorite side dish whether it’s stovetop or baked. I will always look forward to it on Thanksgiving day.