Fantastic Fall Sides

Posted by on Thursday Nov 8th, 2012 | Print

This time of year, all I can think about is turkey skin.

But clearly, even a generous picking of paprika-flavored crispy turkey skin does not make a Thanksgiving feast. To round out the meal, not only do we have turkey meat, and stuffing, and sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes, but also a smattering of other vegetables, all of which I adore.

Which brings me to a question.

Are you more interested in seeing great vegetable-centric sides on BGSK during the weeks leading up to Turkey Day? They would be along the lines of what you see below, plus desserts, giving you tons of tons of options if you’re contributing to a potluck party or helping round out your family’s meal.

Or. Or. Or. Do you want to know how to host your own Thanksgiving? Are you in a different city from your family and hosting for friends — or are family coming to you, and you want to do it all (simply!) in a little apartment?

Let me know! I’d love to help you plan your party, so if you’d rather see fall-like Thanksgiving favorites, I’ll go that route. And if you want a start-to-finish party, that’d be really fun too.

For now, read on for gooey gratins, tasty roasted vegetables, and slightly spicy glazed carrots to tide you over in the autumnal weeks between now and November 22.

**Fantastic Fall Sides**

1. Root Vegetable Gratin2. Quick Cabbage with Mustard Seeds | 3. Glazed Carrots with Cayenne 4.Balsamic-Roasted Cipollini Onions

And even more!

5. Barb’s Corn Pudding | 6. Roasted Fennel | 7. Potato, Leek, and Fennel Gratin | 8. Semi-Sweet Potato Mash with Spiced Caramelized Onions

P.S. BGSK’s best vegetarian main courses.

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  • http://twitter.com/schindewolf_ christin schindewolf

    omg i am so hungry for the root vegetable gratin.

  • Julia

    I can’t wait to look through these and pick one out for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

  • bg

    help me figure out how to have 16 people over for thanksgiving dinner in a hilariously tiny apartment! yipes!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      one idea is to make a couple roasted chickens instead of a turkey. would you do that – or does it violate the premise of turkey day?

  • pequeñacocina

    This year I’m attempting to host Thanksgiving for a few friends, in a foreign country, with a tiny kitchen (Madrid is seriously lacking in counter-space and regulation-sized ovens…). I’ll definitely try a few of the dishes you posted above, but would love your thoughts on planning a start-to-finish Thanksgiving meal – Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/missy.rentz Missy Rentz

    I’m leaving the battle of “traditional thanksgiving vs. new discoveries” to my mom and sister. I’ve opted to contribute apps and munchies throughout the weekend. I’d love some good ideas. I’d also love options for vegetable casseroles…why does every veggie need to be coated in tons of butter and cheese on Thanksgiving. Can’t we still love a good fresh veggie?

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      I know! We usually make a mayo-less cabbage slaw, which is a nice light side to fill out your plate with.

  • Petra

    I’m srsly going to pack on 75 lbs this ‘giving

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      As you should!