Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Halloween! Kramer and I had a really great time – I dressed up as Han Solo and Kramer was Wedge Antilles. We got a lot of compliments on our costumes, and paraded them around every change we got. We ended up going out to a bar last night where we stumbled upon an all-female arm wrestling competition; it was quite a Halloween, indeed, and those ladies were giving it everything they had! At first, we felt a little silly dressing up, and those feelings weren’t helped when we walked outside and it seemed that we were the only adults wearing costumes in our neighborhood. Thankfully, our favorite neighborhood spot, duckduck, was packed with people in costumes, so we felt more at home. What did you dress up as? Did you have a lot of trick-or-treaters?

Now that Halloween has passed us by, it’s time to start thinking about my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! I think I love Thanksgiving because it involves my two favorite things: eating comforting, homemade food and not having to go shopping. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with those you care about, not worrying if they already have the DVD set you’re thinking about buying them, so even though there is a lot of prep work involved, it’s a lot less stressful to me for that reason. Therefore, in the spirit of a stress-free Thanksgiving, I am working with McCormick Spices to bring you some easy to make Thanksgiving side dishes that are both delicious and modern for your holiday table. If you’re bored of the same old thing, then be sure to hop over to the McCormick Facebook page where you can see what other bloggers are cooking up and learn how you can make your Thanksgiving dinner even more enjoyable. Throughout November, the official McCormick “Countdown to Feast Day” will be taking place, which will guide visitors through the meal’s most essential elements with a series of weekly themes: Spectacular Sides, Let’s Talk Turkey, Save Room for Pie! and It’s All Gravy. To help you all out a bit during this holiday season, I’m excited to tell you that I will be giving away a $50 Visa gift card to one reader! All you have to do to enter is comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Thanksgiving side dish is. As for me, one of my favorite autumn vegetables is butternut squash – it’s so versatile and you don’t need to do much to it to make it delicious. I tossed mine with some sage, salt, and pepper, roasted it alongside some other vegetables that I had in my house, and topped it off with some sweet balsamic glazed onions, for a new take on the classic roasted butternut squash. I loved the variety of textures and flavors in this side dish, and it is insanely simple to make. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving meal, because these things tend to sneak up on us, don’t they?

Edit: This give away has ended and the winner has been contacted. Thank you for entering – there will be more prizes to win soon!


Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Your ingredients.

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Peel and dice your butternut squash.

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Toss it with olive oil, sage, salt, pepper, and any other vegetables that you like (I used some leftover zucchini that I had).

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Thinly slice your onions and place them in a medium sized pot with heated oil. Stir until softened, about 5 minutes, then add in your balsamic vinegar.

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Cook over medium heat for another 10-15 minutes, until the onions are nicely caramelized.

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Add the roasted squash to the pot with the onions, toss, and adjust seasonings as desired.

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
Serve hot as a side dish for your Thanksgiving table!

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash (plus a give away)
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium yellow zucchini, peeled and diced (optional - feel free to use whatever extra vegetables you have laying around; carrots or potatoes would also work well)
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Peel your squash, then remove its seeds with a spoon and dice into bite-sized pieces. Place the squash on a lined baking tray, and toss with your other diced vegetables, olive oil, ground sage, salt, and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until fork tender. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  2. While your squash roasts, caramelize your onions. Start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium to large sized pot over medium heat. Add in your sliced onions, and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, stir, and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes. After this time, check your onions and, if you really like balsamic vinegar, like I do, you can add another tablespoon or so, if you like. Continue to stir occasionally for another 10 minutes or so, until the onions are nicely caramelized and the balsamic vinegar has reduced.
  3. When your butternut squash is ready, toss it with the balsamic glazed onions. Taste, adjust seasonings as necessary, and serve alongside your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

 

164 Responses

  1. Love your Halloween costumes! Down power lines and trees postponed Halloween in our town until Friday. We will be taking Baby Boy out in his Lion costume.

    I’m ready for Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite Holiday (because it centers around food and family of course) – My favorite dish is sausage stuffing.

    • Sydney says:

      Thank you! I’m sorry that you guys always seem to get the brunt end of the weather – my brother was a lion for Halloween when he was about that age, too!

  2. anna says:

    the sage apple sausage stuffing my family makes is so wonderful!! definitely the side i take little snacks out of when no one notices. thanks for the post! : )

  3. Hannah says:

    Hands down, garlic roasted potatoes. I’ve never been too much of a mashed potatoes person but god do I love garlic on almost anything.

  4. Dee Young says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is definitely cornbread stuffing!

  5. SuzyMcQ says:

    The roasted squash dish looks amazing and yummy! My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is roasted parsnips…..parsnips cut into matchsticks with lots of butter and olive oil and some salt for savory. Delish

  6. Chris says:

    I’m going to have to go with sweet potato casserole. It’s a nice mix of sweet and savory.

  7. Shelly says:

    My favorite dish is my mom’s sweet potatoes with glazed walnuts. It’s so sweet and delicious, it’s like having my dessert first!

  8. Did not dress up for Halloween, too busy studying for my board exams :( But, I got to give candy to tons of adorable kids who trick or treated up and down my block!

    My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and my favorite side is sweet potatoes! One year we made coconut, allspice, sweet potatoes slices with a splash of pineapple and a bit of chili for some heat! They were delicious!

  9. Linsey says:

    My favorite side dish is cranberry sauce. I love making fresh sauce and using leftovers the next day as a spread on a turkey sandwich. Mmmm

  10. Brandy says:

    I am a big fan of the homemade mashed potatoes. I can’t wait!!

  11. Jeanne ODonnell says:

    My fav side dish is anything with sweet potatoes.

  12. Lora says:

    Creamy mashed red potatoes with scallions has become a classic in our house. I am definitely trying your roasted squash recipe with the butternut baby I just picked up at the famers’ market.

  13. Allison R. says:

    My grandma’s homemade creamed corn. So delicious, and made with so much <3 .

  14. Emily says:

    mmm. my favorite is my grandma’s stuffing.

  15. Carole Resnick says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is cranberries. Every year I try a new recipe.

  16. Trisha Abbey says:

    Broccoli-Rice Casserole! With entirely more cheese than the recipe calls for! It’s my grandmother’s recipe, who is sadly not with us anymore and my mom still makes is every year in her memory.

  17. Leann says:

    Mine is this super easy Pineapple-Orange Cranberry Sauce; a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce, a can of mandarin oranges, and a can of crushed pineapple, mix… throw in some toasted pecans for crunch right before serving.

  18. sexyLAMBCHOP says:

    Rich, steaming hot mashed potatoes with gravy!

  19. Janice says:

    The favourite part of my Thanksgiving dinner is always the salad…yum….I just find it soooo refreshing along with the traditional hot turkey dinner!!

  20. Jaya says:

    Mashed potatoes, of course! My Grandma makes them a little lumpy, just how I like ’em.

  21. Regan Martin says:

    My favorite side dish is definitely the candied yams…..and no marshmallows! Just ooey gooey (brown sugar, butter, and a dash of cinnamon) glazed chunks of yams, with the edges a little crispy, and the centers nice and soft…..melt in your mouth yummy! I could eat that every day…..but I try and save it for just special meals, so it stays special!

    I love Thanksgiving the most, too! Christmas is fun, but Thanksgiving is lovely. That’s the feeling I’m going for these days……lovely.

  22. Julie says:

    I loooove creamed leeks. Not entirely traditional but absolutely delicious and perfect for fall.

  23. Shannon says:

    Definetely my moms baked sweet potatoes. They are filled to the brim with pecans and marshmallows. They rock. Here the recipe for them. :)

    http://cocoaandcheese.blogspot.com/2008/11/stuffed-sweet-potatoes.html

  24. Yum, this looks delicious!

    I think my favorite is always the overnight yeast rolls. I butter them and pile them high with stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce. Oh my goodness.

  25. Cindy B. says:

    My favorite side dish is the squash casserole.

  26. Nick says:

    Homemade cranberry sauce with a hint of cinnamon, absolutely the best!

  27. Amanda says:

    Favorite Thanksgiving side-dish has to be stuffing. We always make two or three times more than would fit in the bird, and set it out as a separate side. I could eat a whole plate of just stuffing covered in gravy.

  28. amy marantino says:

    fried cauliflower

  29. adrienne says:

    My favorite thanksgiving side dish is either roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, or super garlicky mashed potatoes and gravy.

  30. Nicole says:

    Well, it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but last year, my boyfriend’s father made a bussels sprout casserole that was amazing.

  31. Rose says:

    I love to see your cookware – it’s always so cute!

    Halloween was canceled in my town because of down power lines and trees, but it does confuse me a bit because it doesn’t seem to be a functionary event that could be canceled – but that didn’t stop the kids from getting free candy! True hustlers.

    My favorite side dish is my mother’s stuffed mushrooms. She uses sausage meat and mozzarella cheese – and won’t tell me what else! :( lol.

  32. Denae says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is my mom’s Cranberry Salad. So good!

  33. Elise says:

    Looks delicious! I love balsamic :)
    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish would have to be, as much as I hate to admit it, green bean casserole! So comforting.

  34. Katie Lustig says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is green bean casserole. It couldn’t be any easier to make, and I love it!

  35. Barrie says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish has to be baked sweet potato casserole, it’s delicious! I cannot wait for Thanksgiving, can’t believe it’s already November!

  36. Emily D. says:

    This looks so good! And your costumes are awesome!

    I know it’s kind of boring, but I think my favorite side dish is mashed potatoes. My aunt usually makes them and she always puts roasted garlic in and makes a killer gravy. Yummm. (My actual favorite dish is pie, but that’s a different story.)

  37. Cody says:

    This looks excellent. My fav side dish would have to be roasted-parsnip bread pudding. Yummmmm!

  38. Jessica says:

    Green Bean Casserole comes in a close second only to my Dad’s Spicy Yam Casserole!

  39. Lisa says:

    I love sweet potato casserole, with lots of marshmallows. It’s healthy but delicious :)

  40. My favorite side dish is most definitely stuffing (dressing for us southerners).

  41. Allison says:

    cranberry sauce. out of a can. with ridges.

  42. Kate says:

    Mmm butternut squash and balsamic, two of my favorite things.

    My favorite side dish definitely has to be the often controversial but always delicious chestnut sausage oyster stuffing cooked inside the turkey (to do otherwise is blasphemy!)

  43. sara cee says:

    this squash recipe looks really good – my favorite side is some kind of brussel sprouts. Either roasted or last year my stepmom made some sauteed with a hazelnut cream sauce mmmm…….

  44. Megan S. says:

    I love butternut squash too, but my favorite is the Herb Bread.
    The dough is a regular dinner roll dough, but it’s rolled out and cut into circles, slathered with herb butter, folded like a taco and stacked together. Bake the stacks and watch them fly off the table. Mom has to make a quadruple batch to keep up!!

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Mashed potatoes!

  46. Kim F says:

    It’s a pretty tight race between butternut squash and creamed onions – guess I’ll have to go with the onions – they’re the once a year treat!

  47. Rachael says:

    I was debating between stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes with roasted marshmallows…but really…nothing can top stuffing, especially traditional cornbread stuffing. I love, love, love it!

  48. Ronny Baker says:

    My cranberry sauce! Love it!!

  49. Elisabeth says:

    My favorite is so hard to choose, I LOVE Thanksgiving, but I’m gonna have to say the stuffing really makes it. My mom’s is to die for, and it’s the one dish I feel like you can’t really have any other time of year.

  50. That looks awesome! I can’t get enough of balsamic lately!

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is either sweet potatoes or dressing.

  51. Lindsay says:

    My favorite thanksgiving side dish is from McCormicks themselves: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch! (http://bit.ly/2ZCQ2s). Always a huge hit with the whole extended family!

    And the Balsamic Butternut Squash looks amazing.

  52. Kristi says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is a hearty heaping of garlic mashed potatoes that my uncle is the master of. Add a little sour cream and gravy and its pure heaven.

  53. sarah.a says:

    i’m new to america and thanksgiving but i have had thanksgiving here once, it was great! my favourite dish would have to be the stuffing – full of great ingredients and spices. and i’m starting to also really like pumpkin pie.

  54. sarah.a says:

    oh, and the balsamic roasted squash looks delicious, i’m going to have to try it out!

  55. Nichole says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish are Turkey Rolls. Growing up we could’nt afford a whole turkey, so my mom came up with this dish and we have it now even though were all grown up and can fend for ourselves =). Basically take smoked turkey deli slices (kinda thick for roll), prepare your dressing, scoop dressing on turkey slice and roll them up, secure with toothpicks, then place in baking dish, pour favorite gravy on top (homemade or can), place in oven and basically heat everything thru and it is some kinda delicious…Serve with veggies, cranberry sauce, or whatever side dish you have..=)

  56. Nichole says:

    Oh and I will be adding the balsamic roasted butternut squash to the Thanksgiving menu this year, it looks amazing!!!

  57. Jen says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is butternut squash-YUMM!

  58. Britt T. says:

    My favorite thanksgiving side dish is homemade macaroni and cheese. Simply delicious!

  59. Amanda says:

    I just picked butternut squash from our garden – now I know what I’ll be doing with it! Favorite side dish for Thanksgiving…? I love them all! But last year I added a sweet potato and spinach gratin and it was so delicious that it will be making a repeat appearance this year. Creamy and cheesy goodness, but the sweet potato and spinach make it feel more healthy. Mmmm!

  60. Caitlin H. says:

    I am in love with any sweet potato dish! Either with a marshmallow or pecan praline topping! The butternut squash dish looks tasty; I have a whole one sitting in my pantry now waiting to jump into a dish like this.

  61. Sara says:

    Definitely enjoy green bean casserole as my favorite side dish :)

  62. Joanie G. says:

    Cheesy mashed potatoes! Yummy…

  63. Corisa says:

    Of course my favorite thanksgiving side dish would be the candied yams ! they are just so sweet it’s hard to resist eating as much as you can get !

  64. Stefani says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is stuffing! This has been my favorite since I was a kid..you can’t have Thanksgiving without stuffing!

  65. Davita says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is my Aunt Mels Mac and Cheese. it is the best Mac and Cheese i have ever had. it is mixed on the stove top with lots of sharp Cheddar and then baked to perfection. creamy and wonderful. she always makes me my own take home tray because i am the only one who truly loves this stuff.

  66. Rose M. says:

    My favorite side dish for thanks giving is the roasted vegetables. Specifically, roasted brussel sprouts. I could eat one hundred of them! I don’t think it’s a traditional side dish for Thanksgiving, but at my house we always have roasted peppers, asparagus, squash, corn, and whatever else we can get our hands on. Love it, and love your blog, happy holidays!~

  67. Janiece says:

    My favorite side dish is always stuffing, no matter what variation we try each year

  68. Marcie says:

    Sounds delicious – and butternut squash is actually my favorite side at Thanksgiving…or just about any other time!

  69. Dawn says:

    Hands down, the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. Love love love it.

  70. Hannah Pearcy says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is Broccoli Casserole!

  71. Anna says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side-dish is definitely my Mom’s Cranberry-Apple Chutney. It’s fantastic cold, warm, immediately after it’s made, and a week later.

    Who needs turkey?

  72. Lindsey says:

    I love yams (or “sweet potatoes”, depending on where you’re from). They are so tasty just straight with butter, but adding a little bit of ginger really kicks it up a notch.

  73. Kim says:

    This looks fabulous, and now I finally have something to do with that squash!

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is a toss-up between the rice and the green beans. My family has always had rice instead of mashed potatoes, and it’s made with chicken broth instead of water. We toast up some sliced almonds, mix it in when the rice is done, and voilá, rice with almonds. And then there are the green beans, done up in butter, brown sugar, a bit each of soy and Worcestershire sauces, bits of bacon and toasted almonds. NOM.

    Although once I learned how to make sweet potatoes properly (thank you, Cook’s Illustrated), those are growing in popularity in our house, too.

  74. Amanda W says:

    I love sweet potatoes.

  75. Katie says:

    Green bean casserole – condensed soup and all! It’s the only time of year I have it, so I always have a sizeable helping!

  76. Jessica says:

    My favorite side dish has to be sweet potato casserole with a delicious, crunchy brown sugar pecan topping. I could eat a whole plate of that and be satisfied.

  77. Nicole says:

    My favorite side dish is definitely the stuffing. Yum!

  78. Melissa says:

    Yum! I love butternut squash! My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is definitely homemade stuffing.

  79. Shannon says:

    Stuffing – hands down my favorite part!

  80. Margot says:

    The best part of thanksgiving is of course, the stuffing. There is also a certain fondness for Pepperoni Pizza, but that’s another story.

  81. Kindra says:

    Stuffing is my ABSOLUTE favorite. It’s a popular one, but for good reason! So warm and comforting and is the perfect pairing to turkey :)

  82. Claire says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is roasted vegetables (parsnips, turnips, onions, butternut squash etc) PLUS pears and apples! Yes, pears and apples taste delicious fresh and juicy, but throw them in the oven with whatever other veggies you are roasting and it is a flavor explosion! Roasted pears are my favorite!
    And for something different for dessert — roasted nectarines with honey and goat cheese. YUM!

  83. N. Monnette says:

    Homemade crescent rolls–fluffy, slightly sweet, mmmmm….

  84. Donna says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is Sweet Potato Souffle. Anything with sweet potatoes is yummy!

  85. Rachel says:

    My favorite dish is pumpkin pie, hands down!

  86. iiiiitsgg says:

    my favorite are classic mashed potatoes! can’t go wrong :)

  87. Sarah Chan says:

    Stuffing is probably my favorite Thanksgiving side — I like ALL the side dishes at Thanksgiving, but really, nobody makes a really good stuffing any other time of year. But I can have sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, squash, etc. any old time I feel like it.

  88. Kimberly says:

    My favorite thanksgiving sidedish is mashed potatoes. Yum.

  89. teresa g says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is rather boring. Very plain and simple mashed potatoes made by my daughter.

  90. Sarah says:

    I love butternut squash! Sadly, I seem to be the only one in my family who does. My personal favorite side dish is the classic cranberry sauce. I like to make mine, but instead of using water and cranberries, I use organic cranberry juice and cranberries to give it that extra cranberry flavor. A little sugar, orange zest and a dash of cinnamon go into the dish and I find myself wondering if I really need to wait for the turkey!

  91. Lindsay says:

    Your squash looks delicious! My favorite side dish is definitely the stuffing…mmm :)

  92. Gal says:

    Stuffing with sausage, apples, and chestnuts!

  93. Anthony says:

    This really looks delicious. Oddly, I’ve never had butternut squash except as a ravioli filling! I’ll have to give this a try.

    As for my favorite side dish, I’m a simple kind of Turkey Day diner: potatoes mashed with caramelized onions are heaven. :)

  94. jessica w. says:

    my older sister introduced me to the wonderful dish of cranberry fluff! It is so amazing and we make it at thanksgiving and any other time we have an excuse!

  95. TJ says:

    I LOVE the stuffing!

  96. sara says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m actually also doing a dish with balsamic and butternut squash for dinner (although it is a main dish with pasta!). :)

    My fav holiday side dish has to be mashed potatoes and gravy. So good!

  97. Elizabeth says:

    Chicken and dressing! Yummm

  98. Gabrielle says:

    Your side dish looks pretty amazing… but my favorite is homemade cranberry sauce. It’s SO easy to make and tastes about 100% better than the stuff in the can. I’m just about to bake some of your brownies; I’m really excited :D.

  99. Marie says:

    In my family, we always have cheesy hashbrown potatoes (seriously like a heart attack in a casserole dish) for a Thanksgiving side. It’s my absolute favorite thing! My brother and I found out they weren’t going to make them one year when we were young so we bought the ingredients and made them ourselves :)

  100. Katie Silver says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is homemade applesauce, it might not be very traditional but I just love it. Ever dunked turkey in applesauce? I love cranberry sauce too, but the different flavor combinations are so fun!

  101. Jill says:

    I will always love candied yams, in all their marshmallow-y white trash-y goodness.

  102. Savanah says:

    Stuffing is definitely the one side dish I look forward to all year long!

  103. afs says:

    stuffing with gravy is the best side dish combination!!!

  104. J Langley says:

    Stuffing and my mom makes a great cream corn dish.

  105. Dory says:

    Sweet potatoes are my favorite. Any way I can get them. Baked, mashed, candied… Doesn’t matter.

  106. caroline says:

    Cute, you were Hannah Solo!!

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish has to be the stuffing. To me it actually becomes the main dish. I’m not a huge turkey eater, so I will nibble at it like it’s a side dish while gorge on the stuffing. And coming in at a close second is the cream corn casserole. mmm. so good, I wish Thanksgiving was tomorrow.

  107. Anne says:

    I too love Thanksgiving and I feel bad for it because it’s so often overlooked. Seriously – yesterday I drove by a house with Christmas lights on already!! “What about Thanksgiving?” I asked to no one in particular. I refuse to decorate for Christmas until Dec 1st to make sure Thanksgiving gets proper recognition. ANYway…my favorite side dish is this really yummy corn casserole that puffs up and if you eat it while puffy it’s just oh-so-good. I LOVE it! Thanks for this new recipe – I’ve never made anything like this so maybe I’ll be courageous and try it out this year.

  108. Lynne says:

    That is hard because I really love it all, but I think my favorite is the stuffing. I am allergic to celery so I have had to find a non-celery version. I do a wild mushroom and sage stuffing that is SO good!!

  109. Caroline says:

    My family is polish, and my grandma makes pierogi with blue plums every year for Thanksgiving. They’re everyone’s favorite!

  110. carianne says:

    My favorite side has to be the stuffing, especially if cooked in the turkey cavity. I also think that mixing in the turkey’s organs add to the flavor, although I can’t stand the consistency, so I cut them up as finely as possible. My stepmom also has this amazing creamed corn dish that’s probably a close second.

  111. Stacey says:

    a moist flavorful stuffing with crispy bits on top! and then mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc then broiled with marshmallows, just once a year, you have to do it.

  112. Rebecca Sandtveit says:

    MASHED POTATOES!!!!!! I have no moral or waistline issue with putting far too much butter in on Thanksgiving!

  113. Yasmine says:

    Mine would definitely have to be mashed potatoes and gravy :) yuuuum

  114. Erin says:

    Mashed potatoes all the way. My mom’s are the best because she leaves them a little bit chunky and uses heavy cream.

  115. Jason says:

    balsamic vinegar braised brussel sprouts.

  116. Jan H. says:

    My vote goes for candied yams: just yams sauted in butter and brown sugar; no yucky marshmallows.

  117. Stormie says:

    My all time favorite is my Oma’s pecan pie, it has bourbon swirled through the filling and dark chocolate chunks. So good it could be illegal.

  118. Haha! Love your costumes, you two are quite the pair.

    High five for butternut squash! I’m making butternut squash bisque this week for my Soup of the Month Club (with the lady the runs the deli near my job, we’re best buds). As far as favorite side dishes… I’d have to go with my mom’s mashed turnips. They start out rock-solid and funky smelling, but end up creamy and just slightly sweet and delicious. Can’t wait!

  119. Betsy says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish would have to be sweet potato casserole. Instead of the typical marshmallow topping I like a mix of brown sugar, flour, butter, and pecans.

  120. Amy says:

    Overall, my family was pretty plain when it came to Thanksgiving, using the recipes on the backs of the cans and never venturing away from campbell’s green bean casserole and canned cranberry jelly. However, as I am now a student and unable to make it home for Thanksgiving, I have begun experimenting. Ohmygosh -no one every told me how much of a difference homemade stuffing can make. The boxed stuff shall never enter my house again! Sausage, cranberry, and sage stuffing made in a crock pot -so easy and so good.

  121. Jackie says:

    Defniately the stuffing! The sweet potato casserole is a close second, though.

  122. Katie says:

    Roasted vegetables!

  123. Hands down – stuffing! I could eat the whole bowl of it!

  124. Laura L. says:

    For me it’s the cranberry sauce. It needs to be made fresh though. If there’s no cranberry sauce, it’s not a Thanksgiving meal!!!

    P.S. Awesome costumes. My husband is a die-hard Star Wars fan. Our dog is even named Leia. He would love these costumes. You should have had your brother dress up as Chewbacca!

  125. Val says:

    My mother in law’s vegetarian stuffing with roasted garlic vegetarian gravy is absolutely the best.

  126. Dena C says:

    The roasted squash! I am on the hunt for a great vegetarian stuffing recipe though–I think that might become my new favorite!

  127. Susie says:

    Mushrooms and onions sauteed in butter. My mother made that every Thanksgiving and even the smell of that brings me right back to Thanksgiving as a child!

  128. Anneke says:

    I have to pick two classics: stuffing and yams. Yum yum!

  129. Tina says:

    I have to have cheesy potato casserole!

  130. Stacey says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is my grandmother’s recipe for curried cranberry sauce. I make a double-batch and eat them all the way to Christmas.

  131. elliev says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dinner?… Probably has to be my aunt’s honey ham, she makes it from scratch! It totally beats the store-brand stuff.

  132. Tabathia B says:

    my favorite side dish would have to be candied yams with marshmallows
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  133. Tina says:

    I think it is impossible to pick a favorite side. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year I make every side a bit more decadent! I use extra butter and real cream in the mashed potatoes, more real butter and not quite as much broth in the stuffing (makes it delightfully more calorific) The sweet potatoes have to have marshmallows and brown sugar. Fresh green beans which are usually pretty good on their own, get the French’s french fried onion casserole option. We can’t forget fresh crescent rolls. I think I just gained 10lbs just typing all this deliciousness. At least the turkey is healthy!

  134. christina says:

    stuffing!!!

  135. amanda says:

    I love mashed potatos!!

  136. Jen says:

    Potatoes, by far, are my favorite. Around the holidays I usually mash up some red potatoes with cream and mozzarella and then serve them with a sausage gravy. It’s delicious!

  137. rachel h. says:

    there’s a tie for my favorite side dish: stuffing and candied sweet potatoes! but i like them better as leftovers, so i can make them a little crispy and golden by frying them on the stove top!

  138. Sara says:

    I cannot have Thanksgiving without the stuffing!! In fact I’d be happy with a whole Thanksgiving meal of just stuffing…ok and maybe some dessert :)

  139. Meg says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is cranberry sauce. It serves as a refreshing, tart accomplice to anything else on my plate. My mother’s cranberry sauce has the texture of an olive tapenade and is very chunky. I add a small amount to every bite I take (stuffing, turkey, sweet potatoes, you name it). It adds depth of flavor and a pleasant coolness to hot temperature of the other thanksgiving favorites. In addition, considering that our families’ sweet potatoes are marshmallow candied and our green beans are glazed in lemon butter, it just might be the healthiest serving on my plate!

  140. Claire says:

    the stuffing is my favorite side dish, for sure! i love how every family makes theirs a little different – my family has always done bread-based stuffing, but my boyfriend’s family recently introduced me to rice-based stuffing! no matter what it’s one of my favorite comfort foods.

  141. Megan says:

    My favorite side dish is apple and sausage stuffing! It’s an Ina Garten recipe and SO good.

  142. Shanda Wheeler says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving side dish is my Grandma’s turkey gizzard and liver stuffing. The favorite side dish that I’ve made is a cumin-spiced pumpkin, cauliflower, and goat cheese casserole.

  143. Taylor Hiers says:

    Thanksgiving is definitely even better than Christmas in my book when it comes to food! As cliche as it sounds, I can’t go a Thanksgiving without good old green bean casserole :)

  144. Glenda says:

    My favorite sidedish would be the stuffing!!! I love homemade cornbread stuffing, but have tried many others and like most of them, some with apples, some with nuts, some with cranberries, all are good.

  145. Grace says:

    My favorite side dish is green bean casserole! I usually make it the quick way (recipe on French’s Fried Onions), but my sorority’s chef made a from-scratch version that was incredible!

  146. Amy says:

    cornbread sausage stuffing hands-down!

  147. Dave says:

    I could be a kiss-up and say my favorite is your savory sweet potatoes, which I made last year, but the truth is that stuffing always wins for me.

    I don’t do it up too fancy, just a plain base coupled with tiny bits of apple and celery. I’d be more adventurous but at that point I’d need to make a separate pot of it for the rest of the family :).

  148. Samantha S. says:

    Cranberry Sauce! I always add a little bit to every bite of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn soufflé, mmmm my favorite :)

  149. Faye says:

    My favorite side dish is always my Mom’s sweet potatoes. They taste like dessert which is why I love them!

  150. Lauren Gaw says:

    Hi Sydney,

    Its been a while since I’ve checked in on your blog, but its amazing as always and is making me hungry! I love that you go to a bar called duck duck- I have an affinity for ducks – and even named by blog june duck bc I love ducks so much- even tho I havent ever blogged about them- I should do that- I am living in Cambodia now for 6 months, and I dont have an oven, do you have any suggestions for things cook in a sauce pot or in a frying pan? I have some access to american ingredients but I will have to do a better job of cooking here. Food is soo cheap here that I eat out most night- which always fun but I do miss cooking and want to be a bit healthier! anyhow cheers and happy cooking!

  151. Jena says:

    I look forward to two sides every Thanksgiving–the best stuffing/dressing ever (three breads, apples, sausage, sage)–and my variation of Zesty Cook’s twice-baked sweet potatoes (I don’t put the innards back in the skin).

  152. Marie says:

    My favorite is a stuffing spotted with raisins and apples (cooked in the stuffing) to give it a slightly fruity taste. A family member of mine was once one of the cooks for the founder of the Kodak company, Mr. Eastman, and made this stuffing for him every Thanksgiving. As such, it has been passed down in our family over the generations.

  153. Jaclyn says:

    Good old mash potatoes and gravy………mmmmmm!!! I cant wait for tomorrow.Happy Turkey Day!

  154. Jake (STILL reading, ugh) says:

    I liked this quite a bit. No zucchinis, so I used sweet potatoes…. it was a bit too orange and sweet overlap-y with the squash–I should have stuck to moar savory veggies. Otherwise, tré tasty.
    I also added some “chipped” (read: finely shaved, for you non-yinzers) honey ham, which was surprisingly good considering the number of bad food choices I make when cooking. Needed some protein.

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